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Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education Celebrates 30 Years

Students, faculty, staff and representatives from local school boards came together on September 11 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Teacher Education Program in the gym of the Gzowski College Argyle Street location.

The event also served to kick off the new academic year and welcome everyone back and featured guest speaker Joanne Hough, superintendent, Students At Risk Program, Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board.

"We are very pleased to be celebrating a unique partnership of 30 years between Queen’s University, Trent University and teaching professionals, both locally and throughout Ontario," said Dr. Roland Laframboise, the program’s coordinator.

"The Concurrent Education program combines the resources of a large distinguished university with one of Canada’s outstanding small universities. Students are enrolled in both universities simultaneously and earn degrees from both universities upon the successful completion of their courses. We are proud to have our graduates teaching in all parts of the province, indeed in many countries of the world. It is a tribute to the hard work and creative cooperation between the two universities and the teaching professionals that the program has produced such fine educators for so many years. We look forward to another 30 years, and more, of the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education program."

Also in attendance were approximately 300 students in all years of the Concurrent Program, Dr. LeRoy Whitehead, associate dean, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, Dr. Susan Clark, vice-president (academic), Trent University and, staff and community members.

Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Teacher Education Program Background
- approximately 550 students currently registered in this program
- in each year of the program, students complete placements in the host schools
- students graduate with a Queen’s Bachelor of Education and a Trent University Arts or Science degree

The program evolved after the closure of the Peterborough Teachers’ College in 1973. Locally, there was overwhelming support to maintain this professional program and, through collaboration with the two universities and local school Boards, the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Teacher Education Program was created.

New Host Teacher and Host School Award
Queen's University, Faculty of Education and Trent University have long acknowledged the vital role of practice teaching in the development of new teachers. The placement in the host schools is successful because of the dedication and commitment of hundreds of teachers, and many local schools and we are grateful for this outstanding service.

The two Peterborough school boards traditionally host about 75% of the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education students in Years 1, 2, & 3 of the Program.

To recognize these contributions as well as mark the 30th Anniversary of the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Teacher Education Program, a Peterborough Host Teacher and Host School award was announced at the event.

Any teacher or school in the Kawartha Pine Ridge D.S.B. or Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic D.S.B. is eligible to be nominated for these awards. The deadline for submission of the nomination letters is January 31, 2004. The awards will be given out each spring. Details about the nomination process and selection committee will be available later in the fall.

Host Teacher Award: Teacher Candidates benefit from assistance with lesson planning, from reflecting analysis of student observations and from guidance on classroom management. Local host teachers are exemplary role models for our students.

Host School Award: Teacher candidates benefit from the welcoming environment schools create. Obviously, the host teachers who work directly with our teacher candidates are critical to the process, but so is the leadership of the principal, the friendliness and service provided by the support staff and all of the encouragement and assistance of the teachers who are not acting as hosts. Local Schools create an amazing learning environment for our students.

Photo 1: Dr. Roland Laframboise, Joanne Hough and Dr. LeRoy Whitehead

Photo 2: Dr. Roland Laframboise, student Johann Ramsarah, Dr. Susan Clark and Dr. LeRoy Whitehead

Posted September 15, 2003

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