ABCDE Teacher Education Roundtable

Photo credit: Freya Green

April 25 – 26 | UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

The Okanagan School of Education is pleased to host the 2024 ABCDE Teacher Education Roundtable on April 25 to 26 at UBC Okanagan campus.

This year, the theme is K9’s, Kindness and Collaboration with keynote speaker, Dr. John-Tyler Binfet.

The Roundtable is intended to bring together educators and administrators from BC teacher education programs: Thompson Rivers University, Trinity Western University, University of BC, University of the Fraser Valley, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Island University. The event is invitation only. 


Thursday, April 25




9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Association of BC Deans of Education meeting UBC Okanagan campus,  1137 Alumni Ave
Engineering, Management and Education Building (EME), Room 1123
10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. BCTF on Campus | Register
Please see details below
UBC Okanagan Campus
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Option 1: Knox Mountain Hike* Meet at base of Knox Mountain Park, 450 Knox Mountain Dr.
Free parking is available adjacent to the tennis courts and disc golf.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Option 2: Scenic Downtown Walk* Meet at Rhapsody Plaza, known locally as the “Dolphins statue”, adjacent to Waterfront Parking lot, 1200 Water St. (paid parking)
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Reception Upside Cidery, 2555 Gale Rd, Kelowna, BC

*Please ensure you only register for option 1 or option 2.

BCTF On Campus

On April 25, 2024, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the BCTF is holding its concurrent annual BCTF on Campus at UBC Okanagan.

The BCTF invites all teacher education participants at the ABCDE Roundtable to join them and their powerful Indigenous-focused keynote, Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams, followed by a short info session and a bag lunch.

Register for the 2024 BCTF on Campus event, before April 15, 2024.  More details are provided on the registration link. Contact Tracey Ernst at for all BCTF event questions.


Thursday Activity Transportation

If you require transportation for the Thursday activities, please contact Jennifer Laminger at

Friday, April 26




8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast Administration Building (ADM) 121, 1138 Alumni Ave
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Administration Building (ADM) 121, 1138 Alumni
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Keynote with Dr. John-Tyler Binfet (description below) Administration Building (ADM) 121, 1138 Alumni
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ABCDE meetings (Deans, FA/FEC teams, etc.) Rooms to be determined
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Administration Building (ADM) 121, 1138 Alumni
1:00 pm. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout sessions Rooms to be determined
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closing remarks Engineering, Management & Education (EME) 2141, 1137 Alumni



Registration (March 16 – April 12)

Cost: $240 + GST = $252.00

Register by April 12.

Please ensure you register for the optional Thursday activities. You can register for the optional activities at any time before the event.


Please ensure the address matches the one connected to the credit card you are using to avoid processing delays. 

Please note: Registration for the 2024 BCTF on Campus event, is a separate link, and attendees are asked to register for session before April 15, 2024.


Any questions about the Roundtable can be directed to Karen Switzer,

Keynote Speaker

John-Tyler Binfet is an associate professor in the Okanagan School of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Binfet is the Director of Graduate Programs and the Director of UBC’s long-running canine therapy program titled Building Academic Retention through K9s (B.A.R.K.). As the founder and director of B.A.R.K., Dr. Binfet oversees on-campus interventions and community programming that see 60+ therapy dogs brought to campus to reduce student stress. Dr. Binfet’s insights into therapy dogs and the role they play in supporting student well-being are captured in his co-authored book titled “Canine-Assisted Interventions” (Binfet & Hartwig, 2020; Routledge Press). Responding to the need to reach remote audiences, Dr. Binfet’s new co-authored book “Virtual Human-Animal Interactions” (Tardif-Williams & Binfet, 2023; Routledge Press) illustrates how to create virtual opportunities to connect with animals. When not covered in dog hair from work in the B.A.R.K. lab, Dr. Binfet’s second research stream sees him exploring how children, adolescents and teachers understand and enact kindness within the school context. As a former teacher and school counsellor, Dr. Binfet has a keen interest in understanding how school communities can foster students’ prosociality. Along with Drs. Gadermann and Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Binfet developed the School Kindness Scale, the first measure of its kind to assess perceptions of school kindness. His new book “Cultivating Kindness: An Educator’s Guide” (Binfet, 2022; University of Toronto Press) showcases findings from surveys and interviews with over 3,000 children and adolescents around how kindness is conceptualized. An informal look into Dr. Binfet’s research can be found in his blog for Psychology Today titled “Canines, Kids, and Kindness.”

Parking and Transportation

Full day visitor parking is available in Parking Lot “H.” Visit the parking website.

Navigate your way around UBC Okanagan campus through the interactive campus map.

Transit, cycling, driving and car-sharing—check out other ways to travel to and from campus by visiting the Transportation website.


For accommodation options, please visit Tourism Kelowna’s website.

Welcome to Kelowna, BC

UBC Okanagan is situated within the unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.

Tourism Kelowna has an events calendar that features all the events happening in Kelowna and the surrounding area. From festivals and concerts to cultural and family-friendly events, the Okanagan has something for everyone.

View calendar

Notable events: 

    • April 25: Kelowna Art Gallery — Free Thursdays
    • April 26: Gabriel Iglesias: Don’t Worry By Fluffy (comedian — ticketed event at Prospera Place)
    • April 27: Grant Lawrence and Friends: An Evening of Stories and Songs (ticketed event at Creekside Theatre)
    • April 25 – April 28: The Girl on The Train (theatre — ticketed event at Rotary Centre for the Arts)

Our faculty and staff have submitted their favourite places to chow down in Kelowna:


  • Ozeki Japanese
  • Dragon King
  • Ramen Arishi
  • Sake Sushi
  • Mad Mango Cafe
  • Dozo House
  • Gather (Korean/Italian)
  • Double J Hong Kong Fusion


  • Sprout
  • Bright Jenny
  • Bicycle Cafe
  • Karat Chocolate and Pastry


  • Sunny’s
  • The Jammery

Casual Dining

  • Welton Arms Craft Beer and Restaurant
  • Kelowna Beer Institute
  • Norman’s Diner
  • Famosa Pizza
  • Kelly O’Bryan’s
  • Yamas Greek Restaurant
  • King Taps
  • Skinny Dukes
  • Bernie’s Supper Club
  • Gulfstream Restaurant
  • The Curious Cafe

Fine Dining

  • Kasai Teppanyaki Steak & Sushi House
  • Waterfront Wines
  • Maestro’s Mediterranean
  • Home Block at Cedar Creek Winery


  • Tiffin
  • Made in India
  • Dawett Indian Restaurant
  • Royal Punjab


  • TAMM
  • El Taquero


  • Frankie We Salute You!
    • Reservations are strongly recommended
  • KB & Co

Find a full list of restaurants at