Professional Learning Opportunities match pre-service teachers with experienced educators in the community. These opportunities build on students' coursework and field experiences to prepare them for entry into the teaching profession.
Arts Co-Curricular Enhancement (ACE)
The UCalgary ACE Experience encourages (and rewards) students to pursue five different arts experiences as part of their undergraduate education at the University in Calgary, in addition to their programs and registered courses. Students will document their experiences by collecting digital artifacts to collect "cards:" one ACE for each type of experience, and one wild card representing a flexible arts experience of their choice. This opportunity is open to all pre-service teachers in the Bachelor of Education program.
Calgary Board of Education Cohort for Design Thinking
The Calgary Board of Education invites students entering their final year of the BEd program to apply to be matched with a CBE partner teacher who has experience in design thinking. Selected students will participate in a design thinking cohort and work with their partner teacher for Fields 3 and 4 to design and implement personalized, authentic learning experiences and tasks in the classroom.
Field Trip to Blackfoot Crossing
The Werklund School of Education is committed to working alongside and learning from Indigenous Elders, leaders, and communities. As part of Connecting Land to Teaching Pedagogy, Bachelor of Education students are invited to attend a full day field trip to Blackfoot Crossing, working with Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Werklund faculty to better understand how they can incorporate the land into their teaching.
Field Trip to Writing-on-Stone
The Werklund School of Education is committed to working alongside and learning from Indigenous Elders, leaders, and communities. As part of Connecting Land to Teaching Pedagogy, Bachelor of Education students are invited to attend a three-day field trip to Writing on Stone, working with Indigenous Elders and Werklund faculty to better understand how they can incorporate the land into their teaching.
Interdisciplinary PLC at William Aberhart High School
The Calgary Board of Education invites students entering their final year of the BEd program to apply to work with teachers at William Aberhart High School to design and implement an interdisciplinary project for students in Grade 10 or 11. Selected participants will join a Professional Learning Community (PLC) as you and your students take up an interdisciplinary unit between late August 2019 and January 2020.
Rocky View Schools Professional Learning Community for Instructional Design
The Rocky View School Division and the RVS Learning Department's Learning Design Specialists invite students entering their final year of the BEd program to apply to be matched with a partner teacher in the Rocky View School Division for Field 3 and Field 4. Selected students will participate in the Making Learning Visible cohort and work with their partner teacher to design and implement an inquiry project on their Field 4 placement.
STEM Field Trip to BioGeoscience Institute
In this field trip to the University of Calgary's BioGeoscience Institute, you'll have the opportunity to experience STEM in the natural world and learn how to provide your future students with STEM Inquiries in the field. This hands-on experience will focus on how teachers design and use STEM learning environments. By the end of the weekend your confidence with designing STEM learning environments in the field will soar. This field trip is welcome to anyone regardless of their background in STEM subjects. Don’t miss this incredible learning opportunity.
Werklund School of Education Youth Forum Table Facilitators
Werklund's annual Youth Forum brings young people and their allies together to identify challenges that concern today's youth and to transform their social impact ideas into actionable projects. Participating pre-service teachers will serve as Table Facilitators during two Forum events, facilitating table discussions as students develop their action plans. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss how to support youth leaders in their school communities, and may be able to observe a change initiative later in the school year.