Archive for February, 2014

Student Services Newsletter – February

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Building Futures Conference
The Ministry of Education, in conjunction with York University’s Faculty of Education, will be presenting its annual Building Futures event to teacher candidates on February 19 & 20, 2013. The event offers workshops on key education policies, programs and resources, all designed to support new teachers as they enter the classroom. Faculty instructors and staff are also invited to attend; you can find more information on the event in the attached flyer.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Natalie LeBlanc, Program Coordinator ( by Monday February 11.

Mandatory Advising Sessions
All concurrent and part-time consecutive BEd teacher candidates who will be proceeding into ED2 and ED3 next September are required to attend a group advising session.  You only need to attend one session.  No registration required.

ED 1 Sessions – Week of February 18-21 Reading Week
Held in McLaughlin College 157A.

  • The ED1 sessions for Primary/Junior are scheduled for
    • Wednesday, February 19, at 9:00 am or
    • Thursday, February 20, at 1:00 pm
  • The ED1 sessions for Junior/Intermediate are scheduled for
    • Wednesday, February 19 at 10:00 am or
    • Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 pm
  • The ED1 sessions for Intermediate/Senior are scheduled for
    •  Tuesday, February 18  at 11:30 am or
    • Thursday,  February 20 at 3:30 pm or
    • Friday, February 21 at 2:00 pm

The ED2 sessions
Held in McLaughlin College 157A.

  • The ED 2 sessions for Primary/Junior are schedule for
    • Thursday, February 20 at 9:00 am or
    • Friday, February 21 at 12 noon
  • The ED2 sessions for Junior/Intermediate are schedule for
    •  Thursday, February 20 at 10:30 am or
    •  Friday, February 21 at 10:30 am
  • The ED2 sessions for Intermediate/Senior are scheduled for
    •  Tuesday, February 18 at 2:00 pm or
    • Thursday, February 20 at 11:30 am  or
    • Friday, February 21  at 9:00 am

 Glendon – BEd (French) –Friday, March 7, 2014
The BEd (French) advising sessions will occur at Glendon College.

The sessions are scheduled for:

  • ED1  11:00am to  12noon       Rm A301
  • ED2  2pm  to 3pm                   Rm YH 172

For more information, contact our office at

Reminder:  Practicum Information
All ED1 Teacher Candidates MUST set aside the week following the exam period – April 28th to May 2nd for the observation block and final assignment.  Students will spend 2 days in a school observation placement, 1 day investigating the community, have 1 day to write the paper, and 1 day (Friday) on campus meeting with their CMYR 2100 Seminar Leader and class.

The online form, which is accessible through the practicum login on the main education homepage, will be available from Thursday February 13th to Thursday February 27th.  That’s 2 full weeks to login and input the information needed.  Below is the link to the login page.  Use your Passport York username and password to login.

The ED1 selection will serve as the ED2 (2014-2015) placement request so it is critical that Teacher Candidates  choose zones suitable for the year and whether they prefer a public or catholic placement.

For ED2 Teach Candidates, returning from Stop out, you also need to complete the form for the 2014-2015 year as planning for placements begins before the school year wraps up.  Look for more information on this in upcoming communications.

Please contact the practicum office by email at if there are any questions or issues with the system.”

ED3 Quarter Courses for ED 3 –  P/J and J/I students
Classes for the WD term for winter term quarter courses to be taken by ED3 P/J and J/I Concurrent and Part-Time Consecutive teacher candidates began January 6 and end February 14.  Classes for the WE term for winter term quarter courses begin February 24 and end April 4.

Reminder:  2014 New Grad AQ Program
The New B.Ed. Grad AQ Program offers York graduating teacher candidates a set of AQs that have been designed to explore and answer questions that may be unique to new teachers. Courses are offered in May/June, 2014.  For information and to register:

 “Reading for the love of it 2014” Conference for PJ/JI Candidates
Being held February 20 and 21, 2014.

Accepting Applications to the DHH Post-Graduate Diploma
The teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program is offered by the Faculty of Education at York University. The Full time program is offered face-to-face for one academic year.  Part time candidates may access the program online or face to face over a 3 year period.
Entry requirements are:  Bachelor of education degree, membership in OCT and 2 courses in American Sign Language. All candidates must complete a residency requirement consisting of face-to-face attendance during the last week of August. Part-time candidates complete this requirement in their first or second year of the program. Additionally, all candidates complete 2-month long practicum. This program is offered tuition free by the Ministry of Education. Applications for full and part time programs are due March 15.
Applications can be found on our website at The Application deadline is March 15th, 2014.

Celebrating Linguistic Diversity – Annual Conference (OISE)
More information please visit

Tax Forms
Information related to tax forms for income tax purposes can be found online at

June Convocation
Graduating BEd students should view the information on the university’s convocation Web site for details regarding the ceremony and diploma services. Only Concurrent BEd students need to apply to graduate online using the convocation Web site. Deadline to apply for is January 31, 2014. If any Full-Time or Part-Time Consecutive BEd students have already completed the online application, the information will be accepted; however, the Faculty of Education will mount the application to graduate for every consecutive student so it is not necessary for them to complete the online application. The actual date has not been set for the Faculty of Education Keele campus convocation. Web site can be found at

Recommendation to OCT
All concurrent, full time and  part time consecutive graduating students for June 2014 convocation should submit their Ontario College Teachers (OCT) registration number by June 1, 2014  to the Faculty of Education.

The online form is available through the Faculty of Education SharePoint Site at Log into Student SharePoint, select Undergraduate, then select OCT Registration Number Submission. This will require logging into Passport York.

In order for the BEd Student Services Office to send your recommendation, we require the OCT registration number for each graduating teacher candidate. To apply for OCT membership visit:, select Members and then Create an Account.

Transcripts to OCT
Graduating BEd teacher candidates will need to make arrangements themselves to order all post-secondary transcripts to be sent to the Ontario College of Teachers. When ordering transcripts, please indicate that you wish for your York University transcript to be sent upon degree completion. Your transcripts must indicate your Bachelor of Education degree has been conferred. This means your transcripts should not be sent until after the June convocation. The Faculty of Education will only send your recommendation to OCT following convocation. Transcripts ordered by the student and the recommendation sent by the Faculty of Education are required for certification. For more information, visit

President for the Day
If you were appointed President of York University, what would be your top three priorities that would directly impact students?  All undergraduate students are welcome to apply.   Deadline to apply is February 24, 2014.

 Henry Jackman Award  Each year, the University of the Toronto Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International sponsors the Henry Jackman Award in honour of the chapter’s first president.  The award ($500.00) is presented to an inspiring educator currently attending a Faculty of Education, including graduate programs, in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario. A year’s membership in the University of Toronto Chapter PDK is also awarded.

Topic – Twenty-first Century Teaching and Learning  The world is rapidly changing. New knowledge in every discipline is increasing exponentially every moment. It is impossible to keep up with new discoveries. Teachers therefore need to create learning environments that focus on process, disposition, collaboration and values rather than facts alone. Students need to be metacognitively aware of themselves as learners, able to monitor their learning and set goals to push their learning forward. Today’s classrooms need to engage students in their learning through authentic, relevant inquiry.  Downloaded from

The quotation above is taken from a page on the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat website called “Snapshots of Effective Practice”, a site that provides short videos of effective 21st Century practices.   Keeping this quotation in mind, provide a written snapshot of one effective practice that you have used as an educator to support in a 21st century learning in today’s classroom. Your personal essay must be 500-600 words in length.  Interested candidates must submit:

  • a copy of a current student card
  • two signed, original letters of reference from persons who have played a significant role in the candidate’s education
  • a short resume (maximum 2 pages), including a history of experience in education
  • a 500-600 word personal essay (any citations and references should not be included as part of the word count)

The Award committee will undertake an anonymous review of the submissions based on the following criteria:

  • clear, penetrating ideas
  • mature grasp of subject
  • accurate documentation, where appropriate


  • Clear,  purposeful development of ideas
  • smooth transitions


  • clear, concise writing style
  • clear sense of the audience/reader
  • focused, to the point

The deadline for submission is Monday, March 3, 2014.   Application packages should be mailed to:
Linda Massey
Ontario Principals’ Council
180 Dundas Street West, 25th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1Z8
Please submit an electronic file of the essay at the same time to
This year’s recipient will be declared and notified by Friday, March 30, 2014. The Henry Jackman Award will be presented at the PDK Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner, on the evening of Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The winning essay may be published in a future issue of the PDK/U of T newsletter.   If you have any questions, please email Linda Massey

Concurrent Students
Remember that you can Specialize in International Education in your BEd degree!
International Education online: •