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Big cohort from Dawson receive Performa certificates

May 31st, 2023

There was a large delegation from Dawson to the Performa celebration evening on May 18. Faculty and professionals from the English CEGEPs who had completed various levels of the professional development program over the last four years received their diplomas at Champlain College.

We are so #DawsonProud of our colleagues! Director General Diane Gauvin attended to celebrate with those who completed their M.Ed. in College Teaching (pictured with blue shoulder sash): Vanessa Gangai, Alison Gelinas, Caroline Haddad, Mary Hlywa (retired), Mark Mattei, Vincenza Pascale and Andreas Tsatoumas (no longer at Dawson).

Others in the picture or not present were celebrating the completion of either the Graduate Diploma in College Teaching or the Graduate Certificate: Laura Abbatiello (pic), Krista Bulow, Jessica Cadieux, Tommy Diamantakos – GDCT, Louisa Hadley (pic) – GDCT, Marilyn Hosein, Irene Kakoulakis, Maria Lavoie – GDCT, Anne Marie Legault – GDCT, Lei Lopez (pic) – GDCT, Maureen MacMahon, Heather Martin (pic)– GDCT, Sherry McMillan – GDCT, Dimitrios (Jim) Parthimos, Catherine Roy, Wen Shen (pic), Kim Webb – GDCT, and Stefano Di Lollo (no longer at Dawson) GDCT.

 PERFORMA (Perfectionnement et Formation des Maîtres au Collégial) is a program in the Faculty of Education at the University of Sherbrooke, providing a network of professional development offering in college education. It offers graduate level certificates, diplomas and degrees in college-level teaching for current CEGEP teachers and educational professionals at a part-time pace to accommodate college-level workload. Performa programs include both French and English streams.

In the English stream, college teachers can enroll in the Master Teacher Program to work towards the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching (GCCT) of 15 credits, which can serve as core credits for the Graduate Diploma in College Teaching (GDCT) of 30 credits. Obtaining 15 additional core course credits leads to the completion of a Master of Education in College Teaching (M.Ed.) of 45 credits.

If you are interested in pursuing courses starting in autumn 2023, contact Azra Khan, Dawson’s Performa Local Representative, before June 13.

LinkedIn Learning Access

April 5th, 2023

The BaNQ (Bibliothèque et Archives Nationale du Québec) provides all Quebec residents access to free online learning with LinkedIn learning. All a resident would need to do is create an account:

Once their account is created, and they have received their enrollment letter from the BaNQ, they can access LinkedIn learning :

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Graduate Level Microprogram in Public Administration

April 5th, 2023

The Consortium of English-language CEGEPs, Colleges and Universities of Quebec has partnered with the École nationale d’administration publique (l’ÉNAP) to develop a new, part-time graduate-level microprogram in public administration tailored to English-speaking university graduates in Quebec. The microprogram will launch in September 2023 with a registration deadline of June 1. Delivered in French with additional…

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Teacher emotions in the classroom: an ever-present challenge

March 8th, 2023

Mary Hlywa MA, retired faculty, will facilitate an in-person workshop in 3F.38 on teacher emotion on March 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mary’s research is relevant to the professional development and well-being of all teachers. OAD finds it is applicable to promoting resiliency in students, a requirement for accreditation. Workshop Description: Being a…

Celebrating active learning at Dawson

February 8th, 2023

There are almost endless ways to do active learning and it can be adapted to various disciplines, spaces and personal preferences. Throughout the 10th anniversary of the Dawson Active Learning Community in 2022, champions from a variety of disciplines were highlighted in Dawson’s e-newsletter, D News, and on social media.

Click Read More for the homepage news story and learn about the AL experiences of teachers and students.

CTD Winter 2023 course offerings

January 25th, 2023

There are some exciting new courses open for registration this winter/spring at Dawson's Centre for Training and Development! Courses at CTD are free for Dawson employees, conditions apply. Click on the link below to view their available courses.

CTD courses 

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How to teach with purpose- highlights from Ped Day keynote address

January 25th, 2023

Karen Gazith’s keynote address at Intercollegiate Ped Days on Jan. 10 served as a crash course in how to be an effective teacher. Entitled Teaching with Purpose, her address had the same name as the book she published in 2020. “How well we teach is the most critical factor” in a student’s success, she said….

First in-person Ped Day since pandemic

October 19th, 2022

Dawson College held its first in-person Ped Day on Oct. 14. More than 120 teachers, managers and professionals attended.

Human Resources Director Pascahl Scott opened the event saying “we can be proud of the way we have adapted to our current reality.” The goal of the day, she said, was to equip Dawson teachers with practical strategies.

Special thanks were given to organizers Angela Silvaroli and Jennifer Di Lalla of Human Resources and Anne Piggott of the Office of Academic Development as well as their colleagues.

Photo: Keynote speaker Roger Azevedo of the University of Central Florida addresses Dawson teachers on Oct. 14.

Oct. 21 workshop on Active Learning in STEM classrooms

October 19th, 2022

Please join us for a workshop that will explore the nuances of Active Learning with a particular focus on STEM classrooms. While aggregate data has shown that Active Learning is beneficial for increasing student engagement, this approach has overlooked individual student experiences and has obscured barriers to inclusion. Participants will discuss opportunities and challenges of Active Learning and explore anti-oppressive approaches to teaching and learning in an Active Learning classroom. While there is a STEM focus, anyone interested in active learning irrespective of discipline is welcome to join and bring their thoughts & questions to the session.

Maurice Riley-Case (they/them) is an Instructional Designer with Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, focusing on Inclusive Pedagogies. Maurice spent 12 years as an educator, and three years as the Instructional Coordinator for Black Student Flourishing at the Peel District School Board (PDSB) in Ontario. Riley-Case completed their Master of Education at York University where their research considered abolition and reform, and how Blackness is taken up in the education system.

Oct. 21: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in 3F.43: Anti-Oppressive Approaches for the Active Learning Classroom, with Maurice Riley-Case (Coffee & Snacks will be provided).

To register, contact Diana Rice: 

Oct. 14 Ped Day Keynote Speaker: Roger Azevedo, Ph.D.

October 5th, 2022

Ped Day will be held on Oct. 14th. The schedule will be available shortly.

Dr. Azevedo is a Professor in the School of Modeling Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida. He is also an affiliated faculty in the Departments of Computer Science and Internal Medicine at the University of Central Florida and the lead scientist for the Learning Sciences Faculty Cluster Initiative. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from McGill University and completed his postdoctoral training in Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. His main research area includes examining the role of cognitive, metacognitive, affective, and motivational self-regulatory processes during learning with advanced learning technologies (e.g., intelligent tutoring systems, hypermedia, multimedia, simulations, serious games, immersive virtual learning environments). He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and refereed conference proceedings in the areas of educational, learning, cognitive, educational, and computational sciences. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the recipient of the prestigious Early Faculty Career Award from the National Science Foundation. 


Ped Day is presented by the Dawson College Human Resources Department, and supported by the Office of Academic Development.

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