On December 3 and 4, the Faculty of Education held its 2018 edition of its French professional education symposium. In order to learn more about this activity, we sat down with Roxane Lamothe, program specialist for the Faculty’s French-language teacher education program.
What is the goal of the seminar as it relates the training of teacher candidates?
The main goal of this professional symposium is to give students the opportunity to attend workshops on different topics related to the early years of a teaching career in Ontario. Through these activities, we also seek to encourage continued reflection by our students on the ever-changing nature of the teaching profession in the 21st century.
Given that the theme of the symposium this year is Education in the 21st century—working together for the success and well-being of all, what is the 21st century skillset students need to develop to ensure this success and well-being?
The 2016 discussion paper 21st Century Competencies (p. 3) says the Ontario education system must aim to make sure students “develop the knowledge, skills and characteristics that will lead them to become personally successful, economically productive and actively engaged citizens.” To achieve this goal, schools are being called upon to make changes in pedagogical practice in ways that will develop the competencies of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation in explicit and intentional ways. These changes in practice are intended to prepare students “to solve messy, complex problems…associated with living in a competitive, globally connected and technologically intensive world” (21st Century Competencies, p. 3).
A number of partners delivered the symposium workshops. Who are these partners?
School boards in the Ottawa region (human resources, teaching and e-learning staff at teaching support services), the Consortium d’apprentissage virtuel de langue française de l’Ontario (CAVLFO), le Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP), the Coopérative Enseignants Pas à Pas (CEPAP),which provides services to teachers with immigrant backgrounds. A number of the Faculty of Education’s professors also gave workshops.
How was the event received by those who participated?
The response to the event by the 178 students in attendance was positive. They found the resources and strategies for placements, supplying and the start of the school year very helpful. The presenters enjoyed their experience too and expressed a desire to participate again next year.
Check out photos of the event on Facebook.