NEWS ARCHIVE

Corbett does it again! #3 school in US – 2014-04-16
The Washington Post’s annual survey of America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

Imaginative mathematics education – 2014-03-07
We are pleased to share two items related to Math education: Last year saw the publication of the book “Wonder-Full Education: The centrality of wonder in teaching and learning across the curriculum” (New York: Routledge.) The book was the idea of one of our Associate Directors, Annabella Cant. Gillian Judson and Kieran Egan became co-editors as it went forward. Among the essays in the book was one by Rina Zazkis and Dov Zazkis. Princeton University Press publishes each year The Best Writing on Mathematics, and the Rina and Dov’s article, “Wondering about wonder in Mathematics,” is to be included in the next volume.

Another IE-related math event concerns the program “Math on the Mountain.” Dr. Pam Hagen, long-associated with IERG, and Dr. Irene Percival have been providing at Simon Fraser University, atop Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia, a program of IE influenced math to high school students for over for five years, in collaboration with the Coquitlam School District.

Students who take part in the middle school math program came to SFU recently to take part in sessions that are styled from an Imaginative Education (IE) point of view. They were invited to take part in interactive mathematical tasks that had a rich historical and cultural background, such as Number Systems from the past, Napier’s Rods, and Visualization tasks that invited them to use their imaginations to engage with mathematics.

IERG News March 2014 – 2014-03-05
Meet some of our IERG members! In this edition of the IERG News we hope to create some discussion among our members in relation to a topic of shared interest.

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New YouTube video – 2014-01-27
Kieran Egan’s program in imaginative literacy, to quote its website, “describes and gives many examples of a new approach to teaching literacy.

Video: A new approach to teaching literacy

IERG wins grant to refine teaching about IE – 2014-01-27
The Teaching and Learning Centre at Simon Fraser University has given the IERG a grant to study how our new undergraduate course on Imaginative Education, to be taught for the first time in the Jan. to April semester 2014, can be taught using IE methods. Now, of course, we have used IE in varying degrees to teach all our courses and programs in the past, but this will be the first time we will systematically develop methods of teaching undergraduates about IE using IE. Our aim is to produce a booklet about teaching at the undergraduate level using IE, and also we will make this booklet available through the website at the conclusion of the project. Annabella Cant will be the R.A. working on the project.

IERG News January 2014 – 2014-01-10
IERG News is full of information about activities of the IERG, examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces giving in-depth insights into various aspects of Imaginative Education.

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Introducing a new IERG Associate Director – 2014-03-14
Get to know Tone Cecilie Carlsten: 4 questions – 4 answers

1. What milestones have shaped your educational interests?

If I should point to one historical piece of work that has made a direct impact on my interest in imaginative educational research, as well as how I reflect on my own years of teaching, it must be the 1893 Turner Frontier Thesis and its successive debate of democracy’s ambitions and realities. I learned about Turner’s paper in my US history class in high school as a teenager. Being a young European visitor on the US prairie I was amazed how much classroom passion and conflicting ideology could be involved in discussing processes behind cartography …

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IERG News November 2013 – 2013-11-04
IERG News is full of information about activities of the IERG, examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces giving in-depth insights into various aspects of Imaginative Education.

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International Engagement Fund – 2013-11-06
The IERG has won a grant to enhance the international outreach of our “Learning in Depth” program. One main thrust of this project will be to expand the number of schools currently using the program in Chile and also to encourage its spread in other Spanish-speaking American countries.

New Brief Guides for free download – 2013-11-03
With the development of our Imaginative Science Teaching (IST) program and the expansion of the Learning in Depth (LiD) program, we have prepared two new “Brief Guides.”

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Introducing a new IERG Director: Dr. Shawn Bullock – 2013-11-04
Get to know Dr. Shawn Bullock 4 questions – 4 answers

1. What milestones have shaped your educational interests?

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Two major programs launched – 2013-11-03
In response to teachers and academics involved in particular curriculum areas, we have created two new programs. One focuses on teaching literacy and the other on teaching science. If these are topics that interest you, look at their new websites and join us in helping these programs have a real influence on teaching.

www.ierg.ca/IST/

www.ierg.ca/ILP/

New Brief Guide to Imaginative Literacy – 2013-05-12
Take a look at the Brief Guide to our new “Imaginative Literacy Program.” It has been designed and compiled by Petra Mikulan, a Ph.D. student and research assistant with the IERG. The program is showing how general IERG principles can be applied to literacy teaching and learning. This program is intended to describe, and provide resources for putting into routine practice in everyday classrooms, a new approach to teaching literacy. It is firstly designed for students in order that they may learn literacy in a more satisfying, effective, and meaningful way. It is also designed to help teachers engage students’ imaginations in the processes and details of fluently mastering literacy.

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New Associate Director -2013-02-17
Sheri Dunton is the Assistant Director and co-founder of Corbett Charter School in Corbett, Oregon. She is first and always an exemplary practitioner of Imaginative Education and teaches full-time in a primary classroom. Outside the classroom, Sheri is a strong advocate for IE, most recently at the National Charter School Conference in Minneapolis.

Meet the team!

New Advisory Board member – 2013-02-17
Bob Dunton is the Director and co-founder of Corbett Charter School in Corbett, Oregon, USA. He has worked in public education as a teacher and administrator for 24 years. Bob’s teaching experience includes eight years working in villages up and and down the Alaska Peninsula and his administrative experience spans 12 years as superintendent of two Oregon school districts.

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Wonder-full Education  2013-09-27
Annabella Cant, Associate Director of IERG and Ph.D. candidate at Simon Fraser University, is the instigator and one of the co-editors of a new book of essays by IERG associates published in 2013 by Routledge. The book shows that adequate education needs to take seriously the task of evoking wonder about the content of the curriculum. One reviewer wrote: This book is revolutionary in the best sense of that word.” William E. Doll, Jr.

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