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Sep 06, 2018 jjamison

Summer Complete 2018

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Merger complete, Okanagan School of Education created

It's official! As of July 1, 2018, the Faculties of Education at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan have joined to become a single UBC Faculty of Education. 

“After extensive consultation with our many partners, faculty, staff and students, there was overwhelming support for this merger in the Okanagan and in Vancouver,” says Dean of the UBC Faculty of Education Blye Frank. “This new arrangement will help optimize resources and create stronger connections between faculty members on both campuses in what is an especially multidisciplinary academic discipline.”

Most of the day-to-day operations will remain the same for us here in the Okanagan, with one notable exception being a name change to the Okanagan School of Education. 

You can read the full story here.


Education at UBC Okanagan gets a new look

You might have noticed a slight change to our branding on social media, website and the logos appearing on our signs and letters. As we are now the Okanagan School of Education, we're taking the necessary steps to update our brand. 

If you need a copy of the new basic logo (or want to request an alternate style), or have any further questions, please email



Dr. Margaret MacIntyre Latta named Interim Director for the Okanagan School of Education

Margaret McIntyre Latta, Professor and Interim Director, Okanagan School of Education

UBC Okanagan professor Margaret Macintyre Latta will serve as Interim Director for the Okanagan School of Education for a term of 1-year.

Throughout her career, Dr. Macintyre Latta's scholarly and professional activities have been primarily concerned with cultivating students’ critical and creative thinking in action.
Her research interests include qualities and differences in understandings, formative assessment, student thought processes, teacher planning processes, contexts for learning, ethics that connect thinking and doing, and implications for teacher education and professional development.
Book projects and peer reviewed journal articles reflect how her research intersects with multiple disciplines and interests. Dr. Macintyre Latta has been the recipient of multiple awards and distinctions. 

Learn more about Dr. Macintyre Latta by visiting our website


Farewell to Susan Chricton, now the officially retired, former Associate Dean of the Okanagan School of Education

Susan Chricton, Associate Dean (ret.), Okanagan School of Education, is "blanketed" for her tireless dedication to First Nations education and reconciliation. 

Dr. Susan Crichton has a new official title - Associate Professor Emeritus at the Okanagan School of Education. 

It was a busy spring that saw saw many initiatives to which Dr. Chricton was a key advocate come to fruition- the merger of UBC's Education faculties, the launch of makerspace UBCO, and of course, the continued success of Maker Days, the Innovative Learning Centre and numerous other integral educational programs and learning opportunities. 

Colleagues and friends celebrated with Susan in June at the Ancient Hill Winery where we are certain absolutely no wine was consumed! 

Dr. Crichton was also honoured with a Blanket Ceremony courtesy of Westbank First Nation Chief Roxanne Lindley and fellow UBCO faculty in a very touching moment on National Indigenous People's Day. 

Once again, we extend our thanks to Susan for her many years of exceptional dedication and leadership at UBC Okanagan and to education across B.C., Canada and the world. 

Education faculty honoured with 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards

UBC Okanagan Celebrates Excellence & Innovation in Teaching

Dr. Leyton Schnellert recently added to his impressive list of accolades. Dr. Schnellert was one of three UBC Okanagan faculty members recognized with an award for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching in 2018. 

Okanagan School of Education members Stephen Berg, Scott Douglas and Sabre Cherkowski we’re also recognized as part of the Teaching Honour Roll— a list of UBCO educators who have achieved a top 10% score in student evaluations.

You can read the full story here.

Don't forget to check out the video above for more about Dr. Schnellert and the work that led to this prestigious honour. 


UBCO alums are coming home

Fall in the Okanagan—is there a better time to be on UBC’s campus in Kelowna? We’re ready to welcome you back with the best that our beautiful region has to offer at harvest time.

Visit campus and see what’s changed. Reconnect with old and new friends from the Okanagan School of Education while you sample local beer and cider and taste farm-fresh offerings of local chefs. During the weekend, we’ve got an Olympian, specialty campus tours, a UBCO vs. UBCV soccer match as well as pancakes, carnival games and science fairs. There are so many reasons for joining us at Homecoming 2018—you don’t have to choose just one!

Learn more about the UBCO Homecoming including how to register here

New book from Sabre Cherkowski coming soon!

Have you pre-ordered your copy of "Perspectives on Flourishing in Schools", edited by the Okanagan School of Education's own Sabre Cherkowski? We did!

Get your copy here.

Man up: How can we reshape ideas around masculinity in the 21st Century?

UBC Faculty of Education Dean Blye Frank was in Kelowna on September 5 to take part in a panel discussing changing societal views of masculinity in the 21st Century.


Publications & Presentations


Douglas, S.  (2018). Academic Inquiry 4: Essays and Research. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. 
More from this series...

Cherkowski, S. & Walker, K. (2018). Teacher Wellbeing. Burlington, ON: Word & Deed Publishing.

Cherkowski, S., Hanson, K. & Walker, K. (2018). Mindful Alignment. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Papers and Journals

Douglas, S., Sano, F., & Rosvold, M. (2018). Short-term study abroad: The storied experiences of teacher candidates from Japan. LEARNing Landscapes Journal, 11(2), 127-140. Retrieved from

Douglas, S. & Rosvold, M. (2018). Intercultural communicative competence and English for academic purposes: A synthesis review of the scholarly literature. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 21(1), 23-42. Retrieved from

Macintyre Latta, M., Schnellert, L. & Ondrik, K. (2018). Modes of Being: Mobilizing Narrative Inquiry. Sage Journals. Retrieved from

Martin, C. (2018). Meaningful Access for Students: A Petersian Account of Educational Inclusion. In International Handbook of Philosophy of Education (pp. 337-347). Springer, Cham.



Berg, S., & Bradford, B. (2018). An Investigation into the Physical Activity Levels of Children in Outdoor Early Childhood Environments. $38,535 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, September 2018-December 2020.

Completed Presentations

International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Conference, 
Edinburgh, Scotland | July 26, 2018
Dr. Stephen Berg presented his paper Draw me a picture: Using a modified photo-voice method to investigate a National HPE curriculum resource.

Physical and Health Education Canada Research Council Forum,
Whistler, BC | May 17, 2018
Dr. Stephen Berg presented his paper Canada’s 150-minute PE standard? An exploration of evidence associated with PE instructional time.

Education and Social Justice in the German Context: Implications for Canada
Kelowna, BC | August 8, 2018

Visiting professor Krassimir Stojanov (University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany) talked with a downtown Kelowna audience about the German education system. 

Higher Education a social right?
St. John's, NL | July 30, 2018
Dr. Christopher Martin gave a talk at Memorial University of Newfoundland. 

American Educational Research Association (AERA) New York
New York, NY | April, 2018
Dr. Christopher Martin presented Educational Justice and the Value of Knowledge

Canadian Philosophy of Education Society (CPES) Regina
Regina, SK | June, 2018
Dr. Christopher Martin presented Educational Justice and the Value of Knowledge

Canadian Philosophy of Education Society (CPES) Regina
Regina, SK | June, 2018
Dr. Christopher Martin talked The Role of Philosophers in Education Policy and Politics with Anya Goldin, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. 

Join the conversation. 

2018 Schedule for Faculty Newsletter:
  • Fall 2018 
  • Winter 2019
  • Spring 2019
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