Summer Institute in Education will change to an online delivery for 2020.

Instructors will post their updated course syllabus, format and assignments on Canvas (canvas.ok.ubc.ca) once they’re available. Students must be available during the currently posted course dates and times as courses may be synchronous, asynchronous or a combination of both. More information.

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EDST 499Z: Social Justice Leadership for Teachers

July 6 – 23 (Monday to thursday)   1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


“Leadership” has become a central concept in education for both students and teachers to address in our turbulent social and ecological times. This course will strengthen pre-service and practicing educators’ knowledge of leadership theory and practice through a social justice and equity lens. By engaging with the most recent research on social justice leadership, we will inquire how pedagogical leadership can be an effort of equity and anti-oppression. Through discussion, reflection, and practice of pedagogical activities, teachers will come away from this course having practical strategies for leading change in their schools and workplaces.

We will work through a multiliteracies reading model where we engage with podcasts, media, news articles, works of art, and scholarly work that address leadership and social justice.

  • Students will discuss the complex ways that oppression, power, and privilege operate in learning environments and effect leadership opportunities for students and teachers.
  • Students will create and share practical strategies for social justice leadership in schools; including the skills necessary to facilitate controversial conversation, decolonizing teaching, and enacting school-wide change.
  • Students will research, discuss, and decipher best practices from ideas offered by global thinkers in leadership and social justice education.

Brent Saccucci

Saccucci is an educator and scholar having worked across Canada leading social justice education programs, most recently at the University of Alberta and University of Toronto. His award-winning research program focuses on the emotional life of teaching and learning, in particular how to teach controversy and how teachers re-think social values.

Brent has taught in Indigenous reserves, in LGBTQ youth programs, and in universities, with his teaching focusing on the intersection of both leadership and social justice. Currently, he teaches at an Indigenous women’s prison in Edmonton, AB, and also teaches courses in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, where he is also conducting his PhD research that seeks to answer curriculum studies’ most central question: “What knowledge is of most worth?”.

He holds a BEd from the University of Alberta, and an MA in Curriculum & Sexuality Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, where he was Canada Graduate Scholar in Educational Studies and lead Canada’s largest Peer Leadership Program, also at UofT.

In his spare time, Brent co-hosts a podcast on mental health, writes/performs stand-up comedy, and performs as a drag queen. His most favourite part of the day is teaching!

How to apply

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

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 2020 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 2020 – Aug. 2020.” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020”, 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. 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 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.