Meet Our Community Partners

Meet our current Community Field Experience (CFE) partners as of October 2019.

Note: It is the responsibility of the Teacher Candidate to research their choices and select their top five on their application based on fit, skill and interest. Teacher Candidates (TC) are responsible for arranging and bearing the cost of transportation and accommodations during their CFE.

  • Access Resources Inc
  • Adolescent Psychiatric Unit – Interior Health
    • Curriculum development – bullying and verbal aggression
  • Braintrust Canada
  • Caetani Cultural Centre
    • TC will assist with developing heritage tours for all ages, liaising with teachers in the community for scheduling school tours, training docent volunteers or giving tours themselves, and designing educational materials.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • CNIB Kelowna
  • Elevation Outdoors
    • The student will help with program development with some time spent focused on program delivery. We have just launched our new Leaders in Action program and will be looking for the student to help us put it together in a curricular style document to improve the structure and learning in future years.
  • Enderby Museum and Archives
    • The Teacher Candidates will write a curriculum based ‘suitcase tour’ for each grade level K – 12. These ‘suitcase tours’ will include our local history, the current school district curriculum and our artifacts; creating an engaging, educational, tangible and fun experience for our local school kids. Each grade level curriculum/program will fit conveniently into a suitcase and will be easily ‘taught’ by museum volunteers and staff
  • First Link Alzheimer Society of BC – Kelowna
  • Food For Thought
  • Foundry Kelowna
  • Fresh Outlook Foundation:
    • The students would conduct research to identify potential delegates in the mental health and academic sectors (e.g., UBCO, OKanagan College, and area high schools) and then help develop strategies for Summit promotion to those potential audiences. e.g. event planning, set-up, scribe, tech support, and take down.
  • Greater Vernon Museum and Archives
    • Planning and implementing activities and programs for school-age students and visitors
  • Helen’s Acres – Trinity Bapist
    • Program development and design education material for Elementary age and Middle School field trips to a community farm. Farm has three main mandates 1) Building Community 2) Educate people on sustainable farming 3) donate nutritious food to people whom are facing challenges in life. i.e.. foodbank, Salvation army, addiction recovery houses etc.
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation
    •  Students will assist with the JUMP program development: working with teacher coordinators at local schools to implement the JUMP program in their schools; assisting coordinator with organizing material for kick off events, JUMP event and wrap up; reconciling pledge envelops; and completing order forms for school prizes.
  • Hoodoo Adventures
  • Kamloops Museum and Archives
    • The KMA is opening to a students needs for a project or presentation and their interest in museology from learning and education within a museum environment to incorporating research and theory into museum practice. Depending on when the placement occurs the student can help with ideas for learning outcomes of KMA spring/summer programming, connections with the BC Curriculum, and helping to the KMA to be better connected to School District 73 from our website and social media, to programs and promotional materials. It would also be beneficial to the KMA if a student assisted with creating a tour for our volunteers to give, like docents and walking tours in Kamloops. The KMA would also like to incorporate the French language the interpretation of artifacts and could use assistance with that as well.
  • KCR Community Resources
    • TC will create a Training Guide for Volunteers who will provide Community Information and Referral services to the general public using our KCR database.
  • Kelowna Art Gallery
  • Kelowna Museums Society
  • Lake Country Museum and Archives
  • Mackie House
  • North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association
  • North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society
  • O’Keefe Ranch and Interior Heritage Society
  • Okanagan Boys & Girls Club
  • Okanagan Mental Health Services
  • PacificSport Okanagan
  • People in Motion
  • Rotary Centre for the Arts
  • S.A.F.E. Society / PEACE program
    • The PEACE program uses psycho-educational methods in both group and individual support settings. Psycho-education is an important part of working with children and youth with experiences of violence. Living in the context of violence can result in impacts which contribute to how a child or youth perceives and understands their experience. The student will assist with program delivery and development of psycho-educational plans.
  • Shatford Centre
  • South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services
    • Project 1: Develop curriculum and potentially deliver Occupation Specific Language Program (i.e. Business English, Medical English, Construction English, etc.). Project 2: Adapt Language Course, Settlement Orientation, or Life Skills Workshops for online delivery. Potential involvement from development to delivery.
  • South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre
    • Assist with program delivery
  • The Bridge Youth & Family Services
  • Venture Training
  • Vernon Public Art Gallery
    • Working with the Education Coordinator, the teacher candidate will research and develop travelling kits for teachers in the outlying areas of School District 22. Taking inspiration from the permanent art collection, teacher candidates will create lesson plans and art workshop activities inspired by work(s) of art. Lesson plans should cover more than just visual arts curricular competencies/should make cross-curricular connections, and demonstrate that teachers can use art as a jumping point to teach a variety of subjects.
  • Westbank Museum
  • YMCA of Okanagan
  • Allan Brooks Nature Centre
    • TC will gain nature-based teaching experience by leading our onsite experiential field trips and assisting in the creation and design of new curriculum-based outdoor programs for children aged pre-k to grade 7.
  • Arrowleaf Academics & Outdoor Education
  • Building Blocks Educare
    • TC can observe the program, or choose to be a part of program delivery by supporting the Teaching Team on the floor in the classroom.
  • Claro Learning Centre, Kelowna
    • The three-week experience would look like immersing the students into our daily program with student support. We would love to have a student work with a group of students to take paper-based academics and adapt it into a project-based learning assignment. Furthermore, the opportunity to create afternoon activity programming that incorporates life skills, social skills or art skills would be another area.
  • Columbia Outdoor School
    • The students will participate in one week of staff training where they will gain experience and knowledge in place based, outdoor education, certifications in High FIVE’s Principals of Healthy Childhood Development and QUEST2. They will be given curricular outcomes and design outdoor education programs in the areas of environmental science, STE(A)M, Outdoor Recreation Skills, Leadership and Team Building.
  • Clubhouse Childcare
  • Clubhouse – Treehouse Forest Preschool
    • The student will learn about the benefits of outdoor education in a forest setting. The student will contribute to program development, program delivery with young children, and development of the forest play space. Treehouse Forest Preschool will be a good match for students who are passionate about nature, innovative, and creative.
  • Clubhouse Farm
  • Geering UP! (Engineering Outreach, UBC)
    • May is one of the busiest times for Geering Up and one of the most exciting to have teacher candidates join us. The 1st week of May is when we train our “Workshop Instructors”, the teams that travel to elementary and middle schools all through the Okanagan to deliver 1-2 hour long STEM workshops. The CFE student would be actively involved in their training and professional development (while they themselves would be trained on workshop delivery). The following two weeks would be a combination of travelling with the workshop team to deliver content, meet teachers, learn from STEM professionals, and working with the Camp Curriculum team to develop the curriculum we use in our week-long summer camps. The CFE student would be able to apply what they have learned about classroom management and engagement and help to create the material our summer staff will then deliver.
  • IKBSAS / Department of Chemistry
    • Design or development of educational materials for students or teaching assistants in first-year chem labs. There could be work on developing strategic guides for student canvas use.
  • Integrative STEM Team Advancing Networks of Diversity (iSTAND)
    • TCs will assist the iSTAND team in delivering STEM outreach to groups of children at various elementary schools throughout the Okanagan Valley. The activities delivered will involve STEM themes related to neuroscience, computer science, and electrical engineering. TCs will help instruct 20-50 children (6-12yrs) per session, in a classroom setting. Between 6-8 sessions will be run each day of outreach. Between 6-10 outreach days will be programmed over a two-week period (May 2-17, 2020). Some elements of activity design may also be involved.
  • Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC)
  • Kids Code Jeunesse
    • Students will assist with the delivery of in-class coding workshops to elementary and middle school students. They will focus on showing how to use Micro:bits in the classroom
  • Kingfisher Interpretive Centre
    • Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society provides field studies for grade school students in April, May and June each year. (also in Sept. Oct.) They create stations, with the themes of environmental stewardship and care for salmonids. Typically, students release fry they have raised in the classroom, and have developed understanding of their needs and have developed an empathy for the species. TC’s will assist in program development, delivery, and design.
  • Kleos Open Learning
  • Learning Garden – UBC Okanagan School of Education
  • Let’s Talk Science
  • Okanagan College – Women in Trades
  • Okanagan College Adult Education
  • Okanagan Science Centre
  • Project Literacy
  • Treehouse Forest Preschool – Clubhouse

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