On August 29th, the new 2016-17 cohort of the West Kootenay Teacher Education Program gathered to begin their year long journey together. This is the largest group in many years with 37 teacher candidates led by WKTEP Academic Advisor Leyton Schnellert.
A group of nine teacher candidates from UBC’s West Kootenay Teacher Education Program braved the long drive to attend the Faculty of Education’s annual Job Fair on Friday, January 22. Despite recent winter weather, the roads to Vancouver were quite manageable as the group drove down on the day before so they could get an early start at the event. They were able to make connections with a wide range of school districts in B.C. and Western Canada, as well as with a number of international organizations.
WKTEP’s Elementary Teacher Candidates spent the morning exploring our local watershed as part of the science and social studies methodology course (EDCP 331/349). Led by WKTEP instructor, Monica Nissen, the teacher candidates explored the water quality of a local creek in Nelson as a springboard to beginning their own water related inquiry.
The WKTEP teacher candidates had the opportunity to join teachers in School District No. 10 (Arrow Lakes) on Friday, Oct. 16th to explore models of co-teaching and co-planning with Faye Brownlie and Leyton Schnellert. It was a fabulous day filled with lots of deep learning conversations. A big thank you to Terry Taylor and SD 10 for inviting us to be part of such an amazing day.
WKTEP’s elementary teacher candidates spent a day and half at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park as part of their science and social studies methodology course. Together with local environmental educator, Monica Nissen, the group explored place-based and experiential learning opportunities in the outdoors.
The new UBC-WKTEP space at #1 – 266 Baker Street in Nelson was officially opened in style on September 24, 2015. Many local community guests joined us for this event as well as University of British Columbia Dean of Education, Dr. Blye Frank, Associate Dean of Teacher Education, Dr. Wendy Carr, and WKTEP Academic Advisor from UBC-Okanagan, Dr. Leyton Schnellert.
A warm welcome to our new cohort of UBC-WKTEP teacher candidates for 2015-16. They have already had two weeks of classes in our new downtown Nelson learning centre and have helped make it a vibrant and welcoming learning environment. We’re looking forward to the year ahead.
The West Kootenay Teacher Education Program has a new home! Beginning on August 1, 2015, WKTEP will be situated in downtown Nelson, B.C. The new facility at 266 Baker Street is in the old Nelson Daily News building, one of Nelson’s many heritage sites. Check out the link below for the full story, a picture, and some exciting partnerships for UBC and the Nelson community.