Design Committee Notes and Agendas

Graduate Program Renewal Update – April 2019

Grad Program Renewal

UNBC Graduate Programs Renewal Committee
Agenda for March 27, 2019 Meeting (Room 10-3518)

MEd Renewal Ctte Agenda March 27

UNBC Special Education Sub-Committee
Notes from February 27, 2019


UNBC Leadership Specialization Sub-Committee 
Notes from February 19 and March 20, 2019

MEd MDL Minutes_Feb 19, 2019

March 20 2019_Master of Education Leadership Meeting

UNBC Graduate Programs Renewal Committee
Notes from February 8, 2019 Meeting

MEd Grad Pgm Renewal Ctte Notes Feb 8

UNBC School of Education BEd Teacher Education Program Renewal Proposal – March 2019

Program Proposal – Final Draft.docx

Poster notes from the Graduate Programs Renewal Committee Meeting held on February 8, 2019 at the Prince George campus.

Please click on the link below to see the poster notes taken at the Graduate Programs Renewal Committee Meeting on February 8, 2019.

In attendance: Ed Harrison, Andrew Kitchenham, Catherine Whalen, Lantana Usman, Deborah Koehn, Christine Ho Younghusband, Ross Hoffman, Alex Fraess-Phillips, and Susan Crichton.


Common Core Courses

Thematic Area




Draft Agenda – Graduate Programs Renewal

February 8, 2019 – Meeting at Prince George Campus
Room 1007 Charles J McCaffray Hall

1. Confirming participation on the Committee and our roles and responsibilities

2. Process and ways of working together

3. Opening discussion
– What are the best aspects of our existing program
– How does our existing program align with signature pedagogy positioned in People, Place and Land?
– Are our existing programs meeting the needs of our graduates?

4. Review of existing program
– Credit allocation
– Course overlaps
– Competitiveness with other graduate programs

5. Renewal efforts
– Credit alignment (i.e., 30 credits?)
– Laddering options for certificates, diplomas, MED
– Future directions – EdD, online, ???

6. Next steps

Agenda – Design Committee – February 4, 2019
Meeting at Prince George Campus (Rm 10-4068)

The agenda for today includes

  1.  What we’ve learned from the consults to date
  2.  Preparing for the BCTC Proposal

2.1  Template required

2.2. UNBC New Course Template (

2.3. Who will take the lead on each of the courses?

New Courses

  1. EDUC xx1 – Reflective Practice Through Inquiry and Portfolio (6 Credits)
  2. EDUC xx2 – Ed Foundations, Ethics, etc. (3 credits)
  3. EDUC xx3 – Pedagogy, Curriculum & Teaching – Theory in Context (3 credits)
  4. EDUC xx4 – Curriculum & Instruction in the Humanities using ADST (3 cr)
  5. EDUC xx5 – Curriculum & Instruction in the Math & Science using ADST (3 cr)
  6. EDUC xx6 – Integrating ADST as a pedagogical stance(3 credits)
  7. EDUC xx7 – Curricular Enactment in Early Years with a Focus on Fine Arts (6 cr)
  8. EDUC xx8 – Career Education (3 cr)
  9. EDUC xx9 – Knowledge & Awareness of Refugee & Immigrant Issues (3 cr) Better title is needed = 2nd language, EFL, EAL, etc.
  10. EDUC xx10 – Mental Health, Resilience, Wellness & Nutrition (3 cr)  Better title is needed; integrate EDUC 413 – interpersonal counselling skills (content)

Existing Courses Needing Modification

  1. EDUC xx2 – Ed Foundations, Ethics, etc. (3 Credits)
  2. EDUC 336 – Inclusive Education & Differentiating Assessment & Evaluation (3 cr) Suggestion add EDUC 346 content and address Social Dynamics
  3. EDUC 346 – Aboriginal Education (3 credits)
  4. EDUC 361- Part 1 & 2 Humanities (3 cr)
  5. EDUC 372 – Part 1 & 2 Math / Science (3 cr)
  6. EDUC 421 – Assessment & Motivation (3 cr) Suggestion – modify content from Terrace course & integrate content from EDUC 333 – Learning, Dev & Motivation
  7. EDUC 441 – Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Responsive Education (3 cr_  Suggestion – consider the Terrace course content inquiry, place, curricular enactment – place, interdisciplinary, collaborative learning environments
  8. EDUC 446 – Aboriginal / Indigenous Education (3 Credits)
  9. EDUC 391 to reflect intent of the integrated learning … more experiential learning of how to teach within integrated, holistic way rather than specialized subject area
  10. EDUC 390 – Classroom Observation (3 cr) … reflect integration and observational nature

Existing Courses

  1. EDUC 351 – Curriculum and Instruction: Second Language (3 cr) (e.g. FSL and second language, Carrier Language, etc.)
  2. EDUC 490 – Classroom Practice & Seminar (3 cr) Suggestion – add content from EDUC 342 – Social Dynamics of Classrooms

Agenda – Design Committee – Dec. 13/14, 2018
Meeting at Prince George Campus (Rm 10-4068)

Attached please find two files (click on the link for PDF)

  1. Agenda & Notes Dec 13:14 
  2. Program Wireframe v3

The second file provides the draft template for our renewed program.  I have attempted to include the elements in the draft Deb sent earlier and arrange them within the template I created for UOB Okanagan’s renewal efforts.

On that template, I added a column called NOTES / OBSERVATIONS.  This column reflects my questions re gaps and areas for consider.  It would be helpful if you could read over that column and scan the template before December 13th.  I have made some huge assumptions on courses, etc. based only on the descriptions I have – so please don’t be offended if my comments appear to critical – they are offered as fuel for good conservation.

Below, please find a draft agenda – as always, I’m open to any and all changes.  I was trying to take the GREATEST advantage of our time with Bev Best on our first morning together – thanks, Deb, for arranging that.  And, please consider sharing these docs with Bev.

AGENDA December 13 – 14
December 13 AM Session
  • Review structure of Program Wireframe v3, Programmatic Givens / Constraints
  • Discuss thematic structure – People, Place, Land
  • Discuss cross program course options
  • Discuss Aboriginal Education 6 credits
PM Session
  • Work through Program Wireframe v3
  • Discuss credit allocations
  • Discussion credit allocations and impact on course revisions / renewal / new options
December 14 AM Session
  • Debrief December 13th work
  • Assign course learning outcomes within specific working groups
  • Review unifying assignments and instructional strategies (large group, seminar, blended, etc.)
PM Session
  • Strategies for involving entire faculty in this renewal effort
  • Strategies for sharing v4 of the Program Wireframe with faculty
  • Development of timeline / To Do List …

I’ll bring my massive print copy of Program Wireframe v3 – what a little origami / gluing exercise that proved to be …

Thanks everyone for your good thinking and hard work to date … looking forward to next week. S

Agenda – Design Committee – Nov. 26, 2018

  1. Acknowledging our physical and virtual land
  2. Is there a time to meet again before the holidays?
  3. Gretchen – update
  4. Curriculum mapping
    1. Alignment of courses – recognition of change???
    2. Additional courses?
    3. Program duration?
    4. Credit allocation –  how to be competitive
  5. Meeting with TRB / BCTC on December 3rd
  6. Other items?

Agenda – Design Committee – Nov. 2 & 3, 2018

Two-day Design Committee Meeting – Working Agenda

  1. Acknowledgment of our shared virtual and physical spaces
  2. Accessing the BLOG – your homework is to check in and see if you can find things, including Deb’s post!
  3. Positioning overarching learning outcomes within Mission and Vision and evolving program design – using gaming’s notion of an Opening, Middle and Closing as a framework
    • People, Place, Voice and Land – Deb’s learnings from Bev Best et al
    • How all the pieces begin to form a whole program – please see example below …
    • Importance of US modeling the model of the educators we want to educate!

This table is just reflects my musings / working draft of my notetaking – all errors and liberties with anything the Committee has said are mine

Beginning – 25% Middle – 50% End – 25%
·             Becoming an educator – our signature pedagogy

·             Ways of Learning / Knowing

·             First Peoples Principles of Learning

·             Depending a professional identity

·             Ethical wisdom and practice

·             ???

·             ???


·             Risk taking

·             Development of professional skills and dispositions

·             Philosophies that guide our work – Educational Philosophies and related theories of practice???

·             ePortfolio presentation – candidacy of sorts?

·             ????

·             ???

·             Closing well to begin one’s career – invitation to lifelong learning and professional practice

·             ePortfolio presentation

·             celebration w Field Partners?

·             ???

·             ???

Field Experiences

·             On the land?

·             Field experiences?

Field Experiences

·             Apprenticeship experiences – in situ


Field Experiences

·             Sustained practicum

Assessment / Evaluation

·             Documentation of Learning

·             ePortfolio?

Assessment / Evaluation

·             Documentation of Learning

·             ePortfolio?

Assessment / Evaluation

·             Documentation of Learning


Instructional Strategies / Student Learning Experiences

·             In situ learning

·             Experiential

·             On the land / place based …

·             Use of blended learning – partnering w TRU – tri campus partnership

Instructional Strategies / Student Learning Experiences

·             ????

·             ????

Instructional Strategies / Student Learning Experiences

·             ????

·             ????

Consideration of Program Admission requirements?    


  1. Beginning to map learning outcomes with essential teachings and renewed and existing learning outcomes / courses to our Vision and Mission and TRQ requirement
  2. Small School Think Tank – hosting the 2nd Annual SSTT – are we maybe one of the cases?
  3. Potential of a Certificate in Rural … remote … regional education … not sure of the title of will align it to our Vision / Mission and maybe the theme of the Small School Think Tank … addressing the needs of uncertified teachers in our region and developing expertise in those areas
  4. Re-positioning Professional Issues: Legal and Ethical within our BED program – a requirement under Policy 5.C.04 in the BC Teacher Regulations (
  5. Considering how our renewed Vision and Mission impacts our School’s identity and all its programs … BED, certificates, PD offerings, graduate programs
  6. Strategies for sharing our thinking, to date, with colleagues

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Agenda – Design Committee – October 29, 2018

  1. Acknowledgment of our shared virtual and physical spaces
  2. Update on the BLOG – Alex and Christine
  3. Confirmation of purpose for our two day meeting
    • How best to share our thinking, to date, with our colleagues
    • Refining our vision / mission – People, Place, Voice and Land???
    • Positioning overarching learning outcomes within program design – Opening, Middle and Closing
    • Beginning to map learning outcomes with essential teachings and TRB requirements
  4. Sharing our thinking concerning what will educating educators look like in the next 2 – 5 years and how should those ideas / vision inform our work – homework from Oct. 15
  5. Sharing our thinking concerning what the Opening, Middle and End of our BED program will  look like– homework from Oct. 15

Design Committee Notes Oct 29

Things to consider for the November 2 & 3 Design Committee Meeting:

  • Hosting the Small School Think Tank again this spring
  • Considering a certificate / courses in Rural and Remote Education to address the needs of uncertified teachers in our region and to develop expertise in those areas
  • Mapping our curriculum – both renewed and existing to our Vision and Mission and TRQ requirements
  • Re-positioning Professional Issues: Legal and Ethical within our BED program – a requirement under Policy 5.C.04 in the BC Teacher Regulations (

Agenda – Design Committee – October 15, 2018 

1.  Thoughts arising from our previous meeting
2.  Sharing our homework – what’s the open, middle and end of our BED program?  What are the through lines that connect our activities, pedagogy and courses and make them a comprehensive, thoughtful program for the education of educators?
3.  How and when should be involve students and other stakeholders in our work?

Agenda – Design Committee – October 1, 2018

  • Confirming our Terms of Reference
  • Confirming our committees’ collective expertise and areas of interest / focus in our renewal process
  • Establishing a timeline for our work
  • Establishing short and mid-term tasks
  • What are the givens that help to “constrain” our work
    • Remembering our Design Challenge from the retreat
    • Concerning credit structure for BED program
    • Tighten up course offerings – can we find thoughtful and substantial connections and through lines that help our students make sense of becoming a professional?
    • How best to attend to the new curriculum and tighten ties with our educational community?
    • Question program duration and credits?  Is two years a “competitive” model?
    • How best to balance hiring potential with intake and recruitment?
  • Ways in which we can share our work with Faculty (i.e., blog, Faculty meetings, etc.)
  • Beginning to map our conversations re Signature Pedagogies to the TRB Policies and Regulations
    • People, Place and Land
    • Thinking about gaming – Opening, Middle, Closing
    • Considering the through lines …
  • Beginning to map our existing course learning outcomes to the TRB Policies and Regulations and Signature Pedagogies
    • Alex and I will take the lead
  • Next meeting and potential for a two day retreat – SOON

Design Committee Notes Oct 1, 2018