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Bringing Social Emotional Learning to Life in “Play is the Way”: Connecting Curricular Competencies, Theory, and Practice
Natasha Omori
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2021 Research investigated how the Australian method, Play is the Way® (McCaskill, 2011) can be adapted into routine educational practices of a rural British Columbian school.
Building Belonging for Vulnerable Students: If You Build It, Will They Stay
Johannah Wirzba
  • Leadership
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2020 A conversation, in the form of a podcast, with a variety of different educators on their personal and professional journeys with belonging.
Chiropractic and medical curriculum at a crossroads: A movement towards healthcare integration
Carole Smith
  • Curriculum
  • Other
2022 The project describes the evolution of chiropractic education, as it parallels, then diverged from medical education. The case is made as to how the interprofessional collaboration of education can help better patient care.
Creating an Equity-Based Classroom – A Beginners Guide
Tahnee Pierson-Roberts
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
2022 There are many more things that need to be done in order to create classrooms that are equitable, but this guide will provide you with some tips and tricks to begin to transform your class
Equity Times: Decolonizing the 21st century classroom with grace and hope
Eva Koch
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Other
2021 Created an educator resource that explored the "how to" of enacting reconciliation in K-12 classrooms in the traditional, unceded territory of the Okanagan Syilx.
Escape the Classroom: The Pedagogical Benefits and Caveats of Escape Room Design and Implementation in the Secondary English Classroom
Kirsten Oleksewich
  • Curriculum
  • Other
2021 This evaluation provides educators who may consider designing or implementing an escape room activity in their secondary classroom the understanding of the implied structures through the lens of curriculum theory.
Hope in the Darkest of Days: An exploration of the academic and wellbeing outcomes for educators, students and parents resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic
James Geen
  • Education Policy
  • Leadership
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2022 This website-based project shares a proposal to identify and evaluate middle school students', educators' and parents' experiences resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specific focus on the positive outcomes.
How Service Learning Can Serve Social and Emotional Learning: A Framework for Evaluation
Daryl Klassen
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2022 This paper aims to create a theoretical framework to explore how service-learning and social and emotional learning can allow a school to fulfill its mission by fostering academic excellence, instilling SEC, and creating alumni who continue to serve.
Innovative Learning Environments and Progressive Teaching (Paper & Podcast)
Kate Knox
  • Education Policy
  • Leadership
  • Other
2022 In seeing the positive changes within our pedagogical approaches and learners, we wanted to explore how engaging math and language arts activities could foster a community of learners in the 21st century.
Innovative Learning Environments and Progressive Teaching (Paper + Podcast)
Hildegard Dietzel
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Other
2022 In seeing the positive changes within our pedagogy and learners, we wanted to explore how engaging math and language arts activities could foster a community of learners in the 21st century.
Innovative Learning Environments: The Power of Creating a Learning Community Among Students and Staff
Heather Letkeman
  • Curriculum
  • Education Policy
  • Leadership
2021 This project addresses the need to innovate education to best suit the needs of 21st century learners. It highlights the innovative learning community the author has created and the benefits for all stakeholders.
Meaning-making of student experiences during outdoor exploration time
Tess Perry
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2019 The purpose of this study was to gather the thoughts and opinions of students and their teachers around the benefits of outdoor exploration time.
Opening the Door: Mindful Teachers and the Mindful Classroom
Morgen MacDonald
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2020 Examination of mindfulness practices for teachers and how teachers can be the catalyst for the tone and mood of a classroom. Includes mindfulness practices for teachers and students as well as unit plan for introducing mindfulness in the classroom.
Pathway to Employment for Internationally-Trained Professional Women
Alma Betancourth
  • Digital Learning
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Other
2022 Program designed with a Blended Learning component and an employment placement for Internationally-trained professional women immigrating to Canada.
Physical Education and Mental Health in Adolescent Students.
Jamie Pond
  • Curriculum
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2021 Researching the effects physical education and movement have on the human brain and mental health, specifically adolescent aged students. Used this information to put forth my own project to see differences throughout a period of time for grade 8 students
Podcasting in the classroom
Shane LaLonde
  • Curriculum
  • Digital Learning
2022 A website for teachers that gives directions on how to incorporate podcasting in the classroom.
Promoting Inclusion, Well-being, and Academic Success in the Early Grades through Social and Emotional Learning
Timaree Wallace
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2022 This project explored the impact that embedding social and emotional learning (SEL)can have on children in the early elementary grades. How can teachers use SEL to create inclusive environments to promote well-being and academic success in all children?
Review of Unequal childhoods in Indian context: Relationship between parent engagement/socio economic background and student achievement
Nithasha Premkumar
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Education Policy
2021 The capstone project examines the role parents have in shaping children’s lives in the Indian educational context. The examination will be based on case studies presented in ‘Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life’.
Rutland Parks and the Walking Curriculum
Andrew Butterworth
  • Curriculum
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2022 I researched the benefits of walking and how it can be incorporated into the curriculum. I also highlighted several parks in the Rutland Area in terms of their layout, geographical features, and what lessons could be run there.
Self-Advocacy for all learners
Amy Winford
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
2021 A critical examination of how the skill of self-advocacy could be a skill that would benefit all learners.
Social Emotional Learning Strategic Plan for Elementary Educators
Charlene Siddon
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
2021 This capstone project is a strategic plan for teaching social emotional learning (SEL) in the elementary classroom. It includes a rationale, a curricular map, lessons plans with connections to First Peoples Principles of Learning and an evaluation rubric.
Supporting the Integration of Indigenous First Nations Curricula in Northern Classrooms and Learning Environments
Shirley Zouboules
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Other
2019 The purpose of this personal narrative was to provide a broader view of teaching and learning in Canada's north through the eyes of a non-Indigenous educator.
Translanguaging: A Transformative and Culturally Sustainable Approach to Co-learning
Yukie Ueda
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Other
2022 This project explores how the theory and practice of translanguaging enables transformative and culturally sustainable approaches to co-learning among students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds.
TV Production for Schools
Kevin Nickel
  • Digital Learning
2022 This website is a resource for teachers interested in producing audio/visual media in their school. The concepts and ideas explored include everything from recommended hardware and software, to how school-produced media might impact school culture.