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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Consecutive Education Program holds "First Class" Kick Off!

Trent University President Bonnie Patterson stood alongside School of Education Director Dr. Deborah Berrill, brand new faculty and staff as the "first class" of Consecutive Education students streamed in for an orientation day on Monday, August 25, 2003.

The mood was jubilant as 190 full and part-time students gathered at Wenjack Theatre. President Patterson gave a warm welcome to all and thanked the individuals in the room for taking on a career that will make such a difference in the lives of young people.

Dr. Berrill applauded the many individuals in the room who had come from far and wide – and from a variety of backgrounds – to join the program. Hers was a congratulatory message as she pointed out that the students in the room had been selected from close to 3,000 applicants.

The orientation day progressed from welcomes and congratulations to nuts and bolts about the program and culminated in an end-of-the-day BBQ at the current home of the School of Education and Professional Learning, Peter Gzowski College at Argyle Street.

During the course of the day, students found out about the courses planned and about unique aspects of the curriculum such as the At-Risk Readers program which pairs teacher candidates with students experiencing difficulty with various stages of reading.

Sherry Davies from the Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough (LDAP) spoke about the possibilities for teacher candidates to complete their requirements by working twice weekly with at-risk readers. The Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education program already has a long-established relationship with the LDAP and Ms. Davies thanked the students in advance for the help they would provide for young readers at the association.

The new School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent was announced in fall 2002 and received certification from the Ontario College of Teachers in May 2003.

The part-time portion of the program is the first of its kind in Ontario and affords teacher candidates the opportunity to continue working while studying evenings and weekends. The program has attracted individuals from all walks of life, inspired to change careers and influence young learners.


For more information, please contact Dr. Deborah Berrill, Director of the
Trent University School of Education and Professional Learning at (705) 748-1011 ext. 5464.

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