FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY OF EDUCATION ALUMNI CHAPTER, it’s all about providing professional support for teachers to be more effective in their work with kids. “I guess one aspect I enjoy is seeing teachers reconnecting with the university and sharing information with each other as well,” says Wendy Gedney, BEd ’83, who chairs the chapter’s organizing committee and is leading its efforts to keep teachers up to date on what’s happening on campus.
One of the chapter’s current projects involves children’s troubadour, Raffi and his “Child Honouring” initiative. A chapter event is being planned for next May at UVic involving Raffi, who is publishing an anthology on child honouring principles of emotional intelligence, nonviolence, safe environments, sustainability and ethical commerce. The education faculty and Raffi’s Troubadour Foundation have already collaborated on a “Global Arts” project, bringing together the artwork of Victoria elementary school children with that of their counterparts in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Since starting three years ago, the Education Alumni Chapter has organized a number of events intended to bridge the gap between school classrooms and the latest interests and focus of university faculty.
The “What’s New and Cool in Education” forum last March brought teachers on campus to meet (or get reacquainted with) faculty members and their current research at the university—from bullying to fitness. At the same time, they honoured Distinguished Education Alumni Award recipients.
“We would love to hear from more teachers about the ways we can offer professional development support,” says Gedney. “We also welcome anyone interested in joining our committee.” Some of the active members include Dean of Education Budd Hall, and retired teacher/principal Betty Clazie, BEd ’73, and retired faculty member Anne McLaughlin, VC ’48.
Interested in joining the chapter? Contact Wendy Gedney by e-mail at email@example.com.
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