- Participants will meet their school partners before the school year begins to begin developing their relationship and learning about how schools prepare for the start of a new school year. These activities may include supporting teachers as they prepare for the new term, attending in-service sessions, and brainstorming community-building activities for the start of the term.
- Pre-service teachers will volunteer in classrooms in the school during the first three-four weeks of school. In-classroom activities will focus on active engagement in a classroom setting and may include working with students one-on-one and in small groups or supporting teachers as they develop community in their classrooms.
- Students who are interested in continuing their placements after the first three weeks of the semester are encouraged to discuss this possibility with the teachers they are working with. While this may not be an option for all students, it is sometimes possible to transition the placement into an ongoing classroom support/coaching role.
- Participating pre-service teachers must have successfully completed Field 2 and be entering the final year of their BEd program.
- Participants must be available and in Calgary during the dates of their placement. This includes being available during UCalgary Block Week (late August) and UCalgary Orientation week (early September).
- Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. For some schools, this police check must be separate from the one students received for their Field Placements. Further details will be provided once students are matched to the program.
- While we encourage students to engage in their school community after this placement has ended, we are not able to place students with the same school/teacher during their Field 3 placement.
- Pre-service teachers will participate in a group meeting at the end of their placement (approximately 1 hour). This group meeting will provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to reflect on the service-learning experience, and to guide improvements for the program.
- Applications open: March 1, 2024
- Applications close: June 2, 2024
- Werklund Orientation: August 12, 2024, 11:00 am
- Group Reflection Session: October 4, 2:00 pm (time TBC)
- School Orientation and Prep: End of August (school and school board dependent)
- In-School Placement: Late August - early October
- CBE Non-Instruction Days: August 26-28, 2024
- CCSD Professional Growth Days: August 27-29, 2024
- RVS Organizational and Professional Learning Days:
August 27 - August 30, 2024
- CBE Classes Start: August 29, 2024
- CCSD Classes Start: September 3, 2024
- RVS Classes Start: September 3, 2024
- The details of your in-school placements (e.g., whether they're all-day, half-day, in 1 classroom or several classrooms) will depend on participant availability and the school/teachers' needs
- Design and implement a variety of activities that meet students’ interests and learning needs
- Examine how programs and educators create communities that are conducive to teaching and learning
- Gain experience working with youth in a classroom setting
- Identify specific opportunities for you to contribute to program communities in a positive, professional manner
- Model positive behaviour for children, youth, teachers, and parents
- Navigate new challenges as an educator with the support and guidance of a mentor in a similar field
- Share and receive knowledge regarding teacher education and teaching practice
Fall 2024 Applications are now open!
Are you going to be starting your final year of the BEd in Fall 2024? Apply for the Fall 2024 Building Community in Calgary Classrooms (BCCC) program in Spring 2024.
We open up applications for BCCC before you leave for summer break so that more students can learn about the opportunity.
For the first few days before your university courses begin, we ask that you are available to be at your placement school for the full day(s) of PD and prep.
BCCC is a voluntary and optional program, so once classes start, your volunteer schedule will depend on your class schedule. You can work with the host schools at your first meeting to determine what timing will work best for you both.
You cannot miss class time for this opportunity.
BCCC may seem like another Field Practicum, but there are no partner teachers or assessments. Host schools vary on how they work with our students. Some schools will have you work with one or two classrooms, or some may have you going into many different classrooms, depending on the timing. This is something you can talk with your host school about at your first meeting, and we will have resources to support you either way!
BCCC has fewer host schools and placement options than Field, so we cannot guarantee how close placements will be to you. We do our best to match you based on your area(s) of preference, as well as any relevant subject matter, teaching interests, and grade preferences.
Our host schools take this on as an optional and additional service to the profession and our students. Similar to placement distance, we don't have always have a lot of options for school specializations. We will place you in as close of a match to your goals as possible, but wherever you end up volunteering with BCCC, you can find transferable skills and experiences towards your future career.