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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

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…

Read more about: Faculty are invited to sign up for Sustainable Happiness course

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…

Save the date for Intercollegiate Ped Days

October 25th, 2023

Intercollegiate Ped Days will be online January 9-10, 2024.

The theme is Shifting Landscapes: Shared Practices in a Changing CEGEP System.

The introduction of Bill 96 (Law 14), undertaking multiple large program revisions, and witnessing a tectonic shift in teaching and learning due to a surge in generative AI - This year's theme crosses disciplinary boundaries to explore what it means to embrace and enact meaningful transformation in the English-language CEGEP system.

Keynote presenter Ollivier Dyens is full professor in the Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création at McGill. He examines the impact of technology on humanity and has authored 14 books. He was previously Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning at McGill.

Registration open.

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.

Indigenous youth share postcard series at Ped Day

October 25th, 2023

One of the workshops at Dawson’s 2023 Ped Day on Oct. 13 was Indigenous Youth Perspectives: Community Care and Practical Strategies, Bettering the Student Experience.

Two young people who are part of the Indigenous Stream of the Quebec Youth Research Chair at Concordia University presented a postcard series, one of the tools they have created to express themselves and to get people thinking and discussing.

This group has been meeting online and in person for a few years. Sébastien Lamarre-Tellier, a medical student at McGill University, is Innu and a member of the network’s youth advisory committee. Sebastien told Concordia communications that they have been “coming together to share our cultures, be visible and make some noise to show that our cultures are alive and growing.”

The postcard that stood out for many at Dawson was one with an image of two people in a canoe at the centre. The centre is bright and focused on Nature with positive words emphasized. The city and negative elements are there but in the background.

Sébastien said that young Indigenous people “need to express ourselves.” He also said they are looking for a guide in a teacher, someone “to walk in the forest with them.” The image of the canoe has the elder or the teacher in the back helping to steer.

Visit the link to see all the postcards, which can lead to great conversations and rich reflections.

Next CRISPESH lunch ‘n learn is Nov. 1

October 25th, 2023

Autonomisation enseignante grâce à l’élaboration et l’appropriation d’une approche réflexive et métacognitive de l’inclusion au collégial

Le mercredi 1er novembre à midi, rejoignez-nous pour une présentation des résultats d’une recherche portant sur l’adoption d’une posture réflexive et métacognitive en matière d’inclusion de la diversité en enseignement collégial. Grâce à une méthodologie basée sur la recherche-action collaborative réunissant des membres étudiants, enseignants, professionnels de quatre cégeps, l’équipe de projet a élaboré et expérimenté une démarche permettant à une personne enseignante de développer le réflexe de se questionner sur son propre rapport à la diversité et à son inclusion. Appuyée sur une vision concertée du rôle de l’enseignant ou de l’enseignante inclusive, l’équipe présentera les résultats obtenus et des avenues afin de les intégrer dans les pratiques et de les mettre à profit dans les établissements collégiaux.

  • Sous-titrage pour les personnes sourdes ou malentendantes
  • Interprétation simultanée du français vers l’anglais

Réservez votre place et inscrivez-vous.

Faculty and professionals invited to Ped Day Oct. 13 

September 27th, 2023

Join your colleagues at the Dawson College Pedagogical Day Friday, Oct. 13. It begins at 8:30 AM with a light breakfast in 5B.16.  At 9 AM, Erin Barker will give the keynote talk entitled “Transition and Resilience Building in Emerging Adulthood.”  

Erin Barker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and member of the Centre for Research in Human Development at Concordia University, where she directs the Lifespan Well-Being Laboratory. 

Workshops will take place starting at 10:30 AM and at 2 PM.

Registration for workshops will close Oct. 10 at 12 PM to provide participant lists to presenters. Some sessions have attendance limits so register early! 

Visit the link to register.

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Last Modified: January 25, 2024


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