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SIE 2017

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Summer Institute in Education 2017

Course Schedule

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Note: Selected course work offered within our Summer Institute in Education (SIE) may be applied as credit(s) toward specific requirements of UBC Okanagan Post Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma & Masters level programs in Education (MA/MEd).  Please consult with your Graduate Supervisor if you wish to request a Summer Institute course to be applied to your degree requirements and then complete the Course Approval Form

The following 2017 SIE courses are permitted to be applied to specific Post Baccalaureate Programs:

Inclusive Education

EDST 498T (1.0) Provoking Inquiry by Design:  (Re)Imagining Possibilities for Learning
EDST 497U (3.0) Integrating First Peoples' Principles of Learning with Teaching Practice
EDST 498J (1.0) Experiential Numeracy:  Learning in the New Curriculum
EDST 498L (2.0) Success for ALL:  Designing Inclusive Assessment with BC's Renewed Curriculum

EDST 498U/EDST 592A (3.0) smartEducation:  Developing a pedagogy of well-being
EDST 498W/LLED 494   (3.0) Introduction to Additional Language Teaching and Learning
EDST 498S/EPSE 471A  (3.0) "Outside the Box" with ASD; Teaching Language and Social Skills through Reader's Theatre, Art and Music
EDST 497V/EPSE 565I   (3.0) Foundations and Applications of SEL*

Language and Literacy Education

EDST 498W/LLED 494 (3.0) Introduction to Additional Language Teaching and Learning
EDST 498H (1.0) Creating Literacy in Adolescent Readers



SIE 2017 Course Descriptions

EDUC 500 Research and Methodology in Education Part I (3.0)

INSTRUCTOR: John Tyler Binfet

An introductory course examining various issues, methods and techniques used in educational research. Consideration is given to research strategies and techniques and the selection of research questions appropriate to a range of issues facing educators.


EDST 498W / LLED 494 Introduction to Additional Language Teaching and Learning (online) (3.0)

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Finley

An overview of instructional skills in English and additional language teaching and learning, language teaching methods and motivational design are examined. Sociocultural factors and language acquisition are explored with a focus on teaching and assessing listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. This is a required course leading to the certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL).


EDST 497Q Learning Outside the Classroom (1.0)

INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Jacobs

Place-based learning and outdoor education can support a wealth of opportunities to engage students and to support their natural curiosity in the world. This is a multi-disciplinary course that incorporates all teaching subjects while exploring experiential education theory.


EDST 498R Introduction to Creative Coding (1.0)

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Campbell

An enriching way to include the arts in STEAM curricula is to promote “creative coding,” a broad field of technology arts in which coding is done for expression rather than function. Students in this course will examine computational thinking and coding curricula, and will develop visual, audio, narrative, and multimedia projects exploring a range of programing languages and apps that can be used for coding in schools. Advanced users can design and develop visual content with the Processing3 language created for the electronic arts and visual design, or explore circuitry, sound, and robotics with Arduino programming. The course is recommended for teachers in the arts, humanities, or STEM areas who wish to implement creative coding in their content areas. Previous computer coding experience is not required.


EDST 498S / EPSE 471A "Outside the Box" with ASD; Teaching Language and Social Skills through Reader's Theatre, Art, and Music (3.0)

INSTRUCTOR: Monica Lloyd

Students will develop an understanding of how to assess and work with the strengths of a child diagnosed with ASD to effectively develop language and social skills. The course focus is implementing direct skill instruction, modeling, visual concrete expectations and processes though Reader's Theater, artwork and music.  This is a hands on course.  Students will create, implement and assess the effectiveness of a Readers Theatre performance for targeting direct instruction of social and language skills.  Student volunteers may be a part of the program when possible.


EDST 498U / EDST 592A smartEducation: Developing a pedagogy of well-being (3.0)

INSTRUCTOR: Karen Ragoonaden

Stress management and resiliency techniques (smart) examines the practical application of and the evidence-based nature of mindfulness in education (MIE). The abundance of research relating to development of well-being through the personal, professional and academic cultivation of social and emotional competencies will be explored. Experiential practices and an examination of contemporary literature supported by robust critical reflections facilitate the interrogation of the praxis of mindfulness in education.


EDST 498T Provoking Inquiry by Design: (Re)Imagining Possibilities for Learning (1.0)

INSTRUCTOR(S): Kelly Hanson & Melissa Johnson

This course provides teachers with a professional learning experience to enliven the redesigned curriculum and highlight possibilities for critical/creative thinking, and personal/social exploration in the K-12 classroom. This course will support teachers to play with ideas about curriculum and to create curricular provocations.


EDST 497S Cultivating Equality through Classroom Community (2.0)

INSTRUCTOR: Andrew Portwood

This course examines the critical nature of equality, both in our classrooms and in society as a whole. Participants will deepen their understanding of a healthy classroom community, while drawing clear connections between this element and effective teaching, especially as it includes development of feelings of equality and empathy toward others. The Circle of Courage model will also be introduced as a potential template through which to shape and guide classroom atmosphere.


EDST 497T / EDUC 517B Children as Citizens: Creative Practice for Citizenship Education (3.0)


In ‘Children as Citizens’ we consider the development of citizenship in young people. Citizenship is not only a formal status, but is closely related to political participation and, more broadly, to a person’s values. In the early part of the module, students will be oriented towards thinking about politics and citizenship considering the strengths and weaknesses of democratic systems and the challenges involved in preparing children to take part in democracy. We also examine the practice of citizenship education and consider the place of citizenship education in the curriculum. Throughout, we hold that it is not enough for children to know about citizenship – they must engage with it. In three distinctive ‘creativity’ sessions, we consider how we can use the visual arts, literature and film to get children excited about citizenship.


EDST 497U Integrating First Peoples' Principles of Learning with Teaching Practice (3.0)

INSTRUCTOR: Colleen Larson

The intent of this course is to assist teachers to increase their understanding of 1) the issues, past and present, for Indigenous peoples, 2) the importance of including Aboriginal cultural language in schools in British Columbia, 3) Indigenous worldviews about connections to the land and the interconnectedness of all things, and 4) Indigenous holistic ways of learning. Building upon the current strengths in their teaching practice, participants will modify an existing unit or create a new unit of study to integrate First Peoples’ Principles of Learning and the learning outcomes in BC’s New Curriculum (British Columbia Ministry of Education, 2016). Participants will leave with plans in place to implement First Peoples’ Principles of Learning in the classroom for September.


EDST 498J Experiential Numeracy: Learning in the New Curriculum (1.0)


The objective of this course is to introduce students to inquiry based and project based learning in the area of numeracy. Assignments include a reflection journal written daily, as well as in class assignments. We will work on an inquiry project in and out of class on a numeracy topic of the student’s interest and grade level, with a presentation to classmates to explore how inquiry can lead to deeper and relevant learning.


EDST 497V / EPSE 565I Foundations and Applications of SEL

INSTRUCTOR: John Tyler Binfet

This course will appeal to educators and parents seeking to more fully understand the importance of social and emotional learning in promoting optimal social, emotional, and academic development in children, adolescents, and in educators themselves. The first part of this course will provide students with an overview of SEL with a focus on findings attesting to the benefits of promoting student and teacher social and emotional competencies. The second half of the course will see students explore applications of SEL to varied educational settings. The course instructor, Dr. Binfet, will draw from his years as a public school teacher, counsellor, and administrator and from his research on students’ and teachers’ perceptions of school kindness.



EDST 498L Success for ALL: Designing Inclusive Assessment with BC's Renewed Curriculum (2.0)

INSTRUCTOR: Shelley Moore

Using BCs renewed curriculum, Success for ALL will guide students through the theory and practice of assessment that supports the learning, progress and feedback of and for all students. Both class wide and individual assessment frameworks and strategies will be explored with opportunities for students to collaborate and create assessment tools for any grade and subject area. Additionally, there will be a focus on how to include in the design, students with the most significant disabilities as a part of the learning plan.

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