Equipping Teachers for Pandemic Challenges

Posted On Friday October 02, 2020

A federally-funded Partnership Engaged Grant project is underway in Kamloops to foster knowledge exchange on COVID-19 crisis-related issues, challenges and impacts.

Dr. Carol Rees, associate professor, TRU Faculty of Education and Social Work, has been awarded a $25,000 Partnership Engage Grant through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) COVID-19 Special Initiative program. She leads a team that includes TRU researchers Michelle Harrison, Naowarat Cheeptham and Christine Miller, and Grady Sjokvist, a science teacher at NorKam Senior Secondary, Elizabeth DeVries , district technology Coordinator, and Morgan Whitehouse, District Science coordinator.  

SD73 and TRU will be working with local science teachers to find new ways to improve learning opportunities for students during a pandemic. A panel of intermediate, secondary and university science teachers will work together throughout the school year to develop inquiry-based experiences designed to engage students.  

“We have 9 high school teachers and 7 elementary teachers,” said Whitehouse. “The best part, from my perspective, is that we have 16 different schools. That means one-third of our buildings are represented, which is amazing.  I'm optimistic it will really build capacity in those teachers, and broaden the support networks beyond their campuses.”

A virtual presentation by Rees, called Teaching science in pandemic, is planned for Oct. 21 at 7:00 PM.

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