EDST 498 M (3): Living within Democracy: Supporting Self-Regulated Learners Through the Core Competencies

July 26 – August 12 (Monday to Thursday*) |  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*During the week of August 2, the course will run Tuesday, August 3 to Friday, August 6 to accommodate BC Day


The course “Living within Democracy: Supporting Self-Regulated Learners Through the Core Competencies” defines democracy within education as involving children as contributors of meaningful decision-making which honors the lived experiences and funds of knowledge of each child, explores questions that surface tangles and discomfort, and collectively designs shared actions in response to rising concerns as a community of thinkers. This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of classroom management through a democratic and core-competency lens. Participants will explore how classroom conditions and educators which invite democratic views are those which hold the core competencies of communication and collaboration, critical and reflective thinking, well-being and belonging, identities, social responsibility, and diversity at the heart of their practice. Participants will gain an understanding for how teachers whom then extend democratic views, demonstrate an importance around the dialogic classroom and nurture student voice through multiple literacies, pedagogical narration, powerful thinking structures, and shared discussions (Johnston et al, 2020). The primary focus will be looking at how classrooms who sustain democratic values combine core competencies across the curriculum to develop learners who invite powerful thinking and understanding about self through invitations around funds of knowledge, shine light on interconnectedness to others and the world around them, and which create a space for children to reflect on their conceptions of self, others, and the world (Gear, 2018). Participants will also engage in theoretical perspectives and learn how practices which derive from deficit and compliance-based methods, continue to support punishment over discussion, and allow for pushout versus pull-in methods of classroom management (Shalaby, 2017).

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding for the role of environment within co-creating a democratic classroom that promotes self-regulated learners.
  • Identify and understand the role of the dialogic classroom as a central component for powerful understandings of the self, others, and the world.
  • Articulate understandings of how to unite theory and research around classroom management with practice to develop a democratic classroom that nurtures the self-regulation of all learner.
  • Identify and demonstrate understandings of the key components of a democratic classroom through the core competencies (communication, collaboration, critical and reflective thinking, well-being and belonging, identities, social responsibility, and diversity)
  • Gain experience with morning meetings and sharing circles and use reflections to inform planning and further instruction.
  • Learn how an understanding of the self, others, and world through a cross-curricular lens support self-regulation as a tool for classroom management.
  • Learn effective strategies and daily instructional systems embedded in a democratic classroom that reflect the gradual release of responsibility framework around self-regulated learners.
  • Implement components of powerful thinking structures and core competencies in a democratic classroom that supports the self-regulation of all learners across the curriculum through the context of documentation and pedagogical narration.

Parvina Panghali

Parvina currently lives and works on the unceded traditional territory of the Syilx Okanagan, as a district Early Learning and Collaborative Learning Services consultant in SD23. Parvina works alongside educators and their learners, uncovering stories of self, community, and a strong sense of belonging. Parvina completed her Bachelor of Arts in English literature at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, which rooted her beliefs in story-telling and the diverse literacies each person and child carries with them. She went on to complete her education at UBCO with a focus in the early years, fulfilling her Bachelor of Education in Elementary. Upon becoming a classroom teacher, Parvina dove deeper with her passion around the Reggio Emilia philosophy, going on to pursue her Masters in Education with Gonzaga University, with an emphasis on purposeful playful inquiry. Parvina is an educator who believes in designing environments that support the whole-child and surfacing cross-curricular experiences that value family, community, belonging, diversity, and acceptance.

How to apply

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2021 – Aug. 2021 .” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2021 – Dec. 2021”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education and list the course(s) and dates. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.