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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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What's New?

2021

  • PHE WISE Digital Culture Lab Launched

    Jan 5, 2021
    by Robin Kay

    Wendy Barber ImageWe are very excited to announce the newest research lab in the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University. 

    The PHE WISE Digital Culture Lab, lead by Dr. Wendy Barber,  is comprised of researchers, teachers, clinical psychologists, coaches and leaders who advocate for Physical Health Education and Sport in Canada.  The goal of this lab is to situate Physical and Health Education in evolving Digital Culture; to develop a place where educators and sport leaders can leverage technology to build a culture of healthy movers, healthy communities and a Healthier Canada.

    We aim to promote resilience, wellness, and a healthy lifestyle, using digital technology to facilitate sustainable and meaningful PHE programs.  Our lab is home to a group of creative and motivated thinkers who push the boundaries and implement engaging digital lessons that encourage students, teachers and parents to get active.


2020

  • SSHRC PArtnership Grant Awarded to Dr. Lorayne Robertson
    Dec 19 2020
    by Robin Kay
    Loryane & Bill Pics

    We are very pleased to announce that SSHRC awarded a Partnership Research Grant to Dr. Lorayne Robertson and Dr. Bill Muirhead (Fac of Education) and Bill Kapralos (Dept. of Engineering and Computer Science) for the “Ready Teacher One” project. They will be researching the impact of teacher professional development (PD) offered entirely in virtual reality. Joannie Girard, an MA thesis candidate, will be working with the team.

    Their community partner in this endeavour is the Centre Franco Ontarien, which provides PD to teachers in the 12 French First-Language school districts across Ontario. Participating teachers will attend eight PD sessions in Virtual Reality using the Oculus Rift HMD. This innovative professional offering is a first for the French school districts and an exciting new partnership for Ontario Tech University's  Faculty of Education.

    Congratulations Lorayne on leading this grant.

  • 2020 - BEd Teaching Awards Announced

    Dec 18, 2020
    by Robin Kay

    Award Pic

    The Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University held it's annual culminating day for over 180 graduating teacher candidates.  We are extremely proud of our faculty, staff, practicum team and students.  They have not only survived but thrived in the face of a very challenging year.

    At this event, we gave out two awards.  The first was the Faculty of Education Technology Award for PJ and IS students.  Numerous students were nominated, so the decision-making process was challenging. Four awards were given

    Primary/Junior Division

    • Zi-Xaun (Amy) Liou
    • Alexsis Theodore

    Intermediate/Senior Divison

    • Joy Benjamin 
    • Devin Flynn (Intermediate-Senior Award)

    Next was the Mary Anne O’Leary Leadership Award. Mary Anne O'Leary was an exceptional educator, outstanding colleague and more importantly a kind and compassionate person.   In honour of Mary Anne, this award recognizes a student who demonstrates integrity, professionalism and innovation.   Again, many nominations were received.  Two winners emerged:

    • Lianna Metauro
    • Nicholas Rita

    Congratulations Zi-Xaun, Alexsis, Joy, Devin, Lianna and Nicholas!

  • STEAM3D Maker Lab Helping “Make” Alternative Practicum Placements

    June 18, 2020
    by Laura Morrison

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Education students and Durham College Child and Youth Care students have been unable to fulfil their normal face-to-face practicum placements this year. The STEAM3D Lab has offered to provide students with alternative practicum placements that can be fulfilled virtually. The lab is currently working with 10 BEd students and four CYC students. Throughout the pandemic, the lab has been supporting teachers and parents in the transition online and the requests for support have resulted in a steady stream of online teaching and learning sessions for teachers, parents and students. This has opened up an opportunity for the lab to start developing rich, curriculum-connected online resources for teachers and parents as they both continue to help students learn at home. 

    The BEd and CYC students will be helping to develop these resources which will be housed on the STEAM3D lab’s website.

  • BESA Speaks Out About the Black Lives Matter Movement

    June 8, 2020
    Image by Patrick Behn from Pixabayby Nick Rita

    The Bachelor of Education Student Association at Ontario Tech University stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and communities of Black individuals killed by police brutality within Canada, America, and all over the world.

    We recognize the systemic racism that occurs in our country in a variety of ways, and the barriers that continue to persist within institutions and communities to this day. 

    We would like to address the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet here in Canada, as well as the abhorrent murders of victims such as Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and the countless members of the Black community who have faced police violence and discrimination but have not been brought to media attention. May they all Rest in Power.

    On behalf of BESA I would like to mention that we, the Student Association within the Faculty of Education, stand with our Black community of Teacher Candidates, Associate Teachers, and students. We see you, we honour your experiences, and we will fight with you.

    Further, I would like to acknowledge that our role as future educators is to ensure that every student has equal opportunities to succeed and grow. As such, we recognize that we must continuously work towards decolonizing our classrooms, workplaces, and biases. Our Black students, peers, and colleagues deserve to feel safe on campus, respected, and have their voices heard. This is only done by examining our privilege, calling out injustices, and standing up for what is right.

    As President of the Bachelor of Education Student Association, I would like to work on designating a portfolio within our council dedicated to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Diversity. This portfolio will work on integrating culturally responsive resources and supports for students in order to ensure that we are acting with the utmost care, respect, integrity, and trust. We will be open to any input into what we can do as a student body and are welcoming to all student contributions.

    As always, I am committed to continuously educating myself on best practices to support Anti-Racism and will continue to use my own white privilege in order to align myself as an ally.

  • BA Virtual Graduation a Huge Success

    June 8, 2020
    by Robin Kay

    I wanted to share what was one of my top 3 highlights for 2020 - Our first Virtual BA Graduation on June 4th, 2020. While one might think that a “virtual” graduation would be a poor substitute for the real thing, that was definitely not the case. It started rather conventionally with a mercifully short but heartfelt speech from yours truly, the Dean, followed by some inspiring words from President Steven Murphy. And the night suddenly transformed.

    We watched a touching student-created video compilation created by the BA graduates. Short 15-30 second vignettes really hit the heart, especially when one student shared how they would not have been able to succeed in the program without her classmates after she unexpectedly went into labour two months early. 

    The mood lightened a little with some fun student-voted awards, then shifted to students sharing a few thoughts about their personal experience in the program. Our Senior Academic Advisor, Susan Snelling was praised effusively by the students, as were many of the instructors and fellow students. Finally, the program director, Dr. Roland van Oostveen spoke, addressing the virtual audience with his heartfelt words of appreciation, kindness and inspiration. His final words were “Go forth and disrupt”.

    And then the event was over, or so we thought. Susan invited students to remain after, just to chat.  That chat lasted for almost an hour. Student after student opened their hearts and shared feelings about a program that they were truly passionate about - a program that had a monumental impact on their lives. They talked about personal challenges, teamwork, amazingly close friendships and bright futures.  

    I was emotionally drained, by the end, but beaming with pride. Thank you Susan, Keisha, Sinead and Ankita for helping to organize what I would say was one of my most memorable graduations at Ontario Tech University. In this case, the intimacy of the BA Virtual Graduation may have actually surpassed the “real” thing.