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Read more about: How to teach with purpose- highlights from Ped Day keynote address

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.

Read more about: Exploring Anti-Oppressive Practices through Inclusive Pedagogy

Exploring Anti-Oppressive Practices through Inclusive Pedagogy

September 21st, 2022

I’ve been grappling with two questions about the institution of education that I used to frame my workshop: 1) How can an understanding of anti-oppressive practice shed light on how education systems preserve and reproduce racial inequities? And 2) How are we as educators implicated in the preservation and reproduction of racial inequities? We know…

First CRISPESH lunch ‘n learn is Oct. 5

September 21st, 2022

CRISPESH has announced their lunch 'n learn program for the 2022-2023 academic year and the first one is next Wednesday, Oct. 5. These seven conferences aim to support the academic success of students with disabilities.

Here is the link to the first lunch 'n learn:
Midi-conférence du 5 octobre Tickets, Wed, Oct 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

Consult the full schedule for the year of lunch 'n learn programming here: CRISPESHmidiconferences2223_FRVF

CRISPESH is a centre for applied research and transfer (CCTT) in partnership with Dawson and the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. Their mandate is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the development and promotion of social practices that foster academic, social and professional inclusion for people with disabilities.

Read more about: Understanding sex, gender and sexual orientation diversity with Julien R. Johnson

Understanding sex, gender and sexual orientation diversity with Julien R. Johnson

June 1st, 2022

Julien is a young trans person who has been working for trans rights and with trans youth for the past seven years. He has been the Support Services Coordinator and Intervention Worker for Project 10 for over three years and is the person behind Dawson’s three multi-stall gender-neutral bathrooms — a historical first for colleges…

SALTISE is happening June 2-3

June 1st, 2022

The annual SALTISE conference takes place this week on June 2-3.

Dawson community members Cory Legassic, Monica Lopez, Cathy Roy and the DALC community will be presented with awards.

Not too late to register; click read more.

Read more about: Sustainable Happiness course for support staff and professionals- register by June 20

Sustainable Happiness course for support staff and professionals- register by June 20

June 1st, 2022

“Happiness that contributes to individual, community or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations.”  -Dr. Catherine O’Brien Dawson students, support staff and external groups have participated in the peer-to-peer Sustainable Happiness educational experience since Winter 2020. The weekly sessions are developed with a goal of reconnecting people, community, and…

Read more about: Being more aware of trauma helps us understand others better

Being more aware of trauma helps us understand others better

June 1st, 2022

About two-thirds of people have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE).  There are so many kinds of trauma and different ways of experiencing it. These are some of the things participants learned at a Support Staff Training Day workshop on Trauma-Informed Care given by Denise Michelle Brend, an Assistant Professor at Université Laval…

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Last Modified: January 25, 2023


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