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Education: Getting it Right

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First annual "Dialogue with the Community" brings Education’s stakeholders to campus

May 24, 2011 - There aren’t many faculties within a university that can lay claim to connecting to just about everyone. But it’s a fact that every person—children, adults, students, teachers, parents, researchers, and the greater community-- is, was, or will be touched by education throughout their lives.

On May 11, University of Calgary President Dr. Elizabeth Cannon joined members of the Faculty of Education and its partners in the community to discuss what educators have learned about the manner in which solid educational foundations are provided to our students, both at the university level and in elementary and secondary school systems. Engaging New Ideas in Education: A Dialogue with the Community provided the opportunity to share the changes that have taken place through the restructuring of the Faculty of Education, and to open a dialogue on the needs of all stakeholders to meet the requirements of a new generation of students.

In his opening comments, Education Dean Dennis Sumara acknowledged the need to adapt to new ways of learning and teaching. "The world is changing, and so will our work as educators. Now, more than ever, we must make some changes to education to ensure that students leave our classrooms able to productively engage with local and global environments," he stated.

"We must get this right."

And President Cannon echoed those thoughts. "We are well into the 21st century and we need to ensure that, as a leading edge university, we are also leading in the practice of teaching and learning. Our students in the Faculty of Education will go on to be leaders as teachers in our community, and we want to be sure they are exposed to best practices and that they are inspired about training the next generation in our school systems."

In the past 18 months, The Faculty of Education has restructured its teacher education and professional graduate programs, taking into consideration local, national and international contexts. Significant effort was made to engage with all partners in education, and consultations will continue. And as research into education and the manner in which we learn and teach evolves, Sumara says the Faculty of Education will continue to grow with the needs of the community.

"As the world changes, so will our work as educators," says Sumara. "We have the responsibility, the privilege and the challenge of preparing the next generation of citizens and the next generation of teachers and counselors, and educational researchers and leaders."