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Performa summer 2024 offerings

February 22nd, 2024

Dawson College offers support for current teachers and educational professionals to engage in the accredited professional development program for college teachers from University of Sherbrooke. The Performa program encourages continuous learning directly relevant to teachers and professionals roles, taught by Cégep teachers and professionals.

View the Summer 2024 course offering in English that includes

  • College Teaching and Course Design (PED601)
  • How Students Learn (PED603)
  • Fostering Creativity in Teaching and Learning (PRF-751)

The courses are held online and in blended learning format.

The deadline to register if you are new to Performa programs, program or independent study admission will be March 15. Contact Azra Khan, Pedagogical Counsellor, HR for more information.

Performa info sessions in February for professionals & faculty

January 25th, 2024

Information sessions on the Performa professional development programs for teachers and professionals are taking place throughout the month of February Training programs are offered in both English and French.

Check out the website for more info and times: Séances d'information - Performa - Université de Sherbrooke (

Free French course registration extended to Jan. 30

January 25th, 2024

Professionals and support staff members are invited to register for free French courses through Dawson’s Centre for Training and Development.  The deadline to register has been extended to Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 12 PM.

Check out the flyer for more info: French course for support staff and professionals

New group insurance rates

January 23rd, 2024

Please note that the College has received new group insurance rates from SSQ⁄Beneva (Professionals, Support Staff and Managers) and Beneva (Faculty) for 2024. These new rates, where applicable, will come into effect for most staff on the pay of January 18, 2024.   Please take the time to review your coverage and the premium deductions on your pay of January 18, 2024 to ensure that there are no errors.  If you do notice a discrepancy, kindly contact us as soon as possible.

Staff with group insurance coverage can find all pertinent information (rates, information brochures, etc.) on Dawson’s website under the Employee Insurance and Benefit tab: Choose among the employment categories available and then scroll down for the rates.

If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits team at

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Free Sustainable Happiness course for Support Staff & Professionals

November 29th, 2023

Support staff and professionals have the amazing opportunity to use work time to attend and actively participate in Dawson’s Sustainable Happiness non-credit course. The Sustainable Happiness course is free and will guide people to reflect on positive psychology and sustainability. It contributes to Dawson’s commitment of well-being for all, sustainably. What is Sustainable Happiness? “Happiness…

Performa non-credit courses for teachers

November 20th, 2023

Performa (University of Sherbrooke) will offer non-credit training free in the winter 2024 term. Entering College Teaching is for early career teachers. Deadline to register is Jan. 12, 2024. For more information: Non-Credit Training (

To register: contact Azra Khan, pedagogical counsellor,

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Ped Day keynote was about building resilience in emerging adulthood

November 9th, 2023

Erin Barker’s talk at Ped Day on Oct. 13 helped the audience understand the psychological stage that most of our students are in: emerging adulthood, which is from 18 years old to the late 20s. At this age, young adults are “not fully independent, but they are less dependent. It is an age of feeling…

Policy on Sexual Violence reminders

November 6th, 2023

Dawson is committed to creating a safe and respectful workplace for all its community members. Sexual violence has no place in the College, and we take all reports of such behaviour seriously.

What you need to know: 

What you need to do:

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Faculty are invited to sign up for Sustainable Happiness course

November 6th, 2023

“Happiness that contributes to individual, community or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations,” is how Dr. Catherine O’Brien defines the concept of Sustainable Happiness. The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce that a 20-hour Sustainable Happiness certificate will be offered to faculty during the winter 2024 semester. Many employees…

Ped Day resources available

October 25th, 2023

Resources that have been made available by presenters at Ped Day on Oct. 13 are available on a SharePoint site:

Ped Days - Home (

To access the files, you must sign in to Office 365.

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Last Modified: February 22, 2024


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