Public Lecture: A Look Forward in Learning: Voices from the School of Education
This panel session will be presented by the faculty from the School of Education. Each member will highlight perspectives on what is happening now and in Leadership, Curriculum, Inclusion, and Field Experiences in K-12 Education and how this might inform our work at post-secondary. (Registration at the bottom of the page)
Dr. Sherry Martens has served as a classroom teacher, system specialist, school-based administrator in Alberta schools since 1987. She is currently the Associate Dean and Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Division of Educational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Her research explores the identity formation of teacher and school-based leaders, curriculum theory, and decolonizing teacher education spaces.
Dr. Kathryn Crawford is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Ambrose University and Adjunct Faculty at Yorkville University. Her areas of instruction are primarily in reflexive inquiry and creating ethical, inclusive classroom communities. Her research centres on the socialization and identity formation of preservice teachers as a means of organizational storytelling through living stories. Kathryn’s current research explores troubling the taken-for-granted socialization and evaluation of preservice teachers, the role of communication in the authorization of the idealized teacher, notions of classroom management, and preservice teacher identity journeys through relational engagement with Indigenous communities and pedagogies.
Crystal Pelletier is a designer of professional learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium and the Director of Field Experience at Ambrose University, School of Education. A member of the Métis Nation of Alberta Region III, she currently instructs Inclusive Learning and Field Experience courses in Ambrose University’s School of Education and facilitates practicum placements for their preservice teachers. For over 15 years she taught, lead, mentored, and supported new teachers in Fort McMurray Catholic Schools. She is passionate about literacy, inclusion, preservice teacher mentorship, and Indigenous education.
Dr. Christy Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Ambrose University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Werklund School of Education. Christy’s research centers on leadership, professional learning, and collaboration which is fueled by her desire to build communities of practice that support flourishing for all.
Nadia Verna has had the pleasure of supporting pre-service teachers as they embark on their journey to become educators for the past three years. Her previous experience as an Elementary/Junior high principal for 10 years has helped prepare our future teachers for the classroom of today. Her passions lie in differentiation for all learners, curriculum connections that inspire engagement, and the need for equitable education.
For those attending virtually, there will be a chance to connect with fellow Alumni after the lecture has concluded.