Implications of Learning in a Digital Age 

Original Air Date: Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

Sharing the knowledge that Dr. Barbara Brown, PhD’13 gathered through working with teachers, principals and superintendents during May and June of this year — this timely program has been tailored to parents, teachers, researchers and the broader community.

Dr. Brown and Amber Hartwell, MEd’14, will discuss the importance of collaboration, developing digital literacies and online learning with a focus on wellness and parental communications. Dialogue with educators and school leaders in the midst of school building closures and dealing with a quick pivot to remote learning provided insights about the inequities with a one-size, fits all model for learning.

In this session, you will consider your role and how you can take action to ensure all learners are provided with equitable access to future-ready learning opportunities in a digital age. 

Brought to you by the Werklund School of Education.

Meet the Speakers

Assistant Professor and Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, Werklund School of Education

Dr. Barbara Brown, PhD’13, has professional experiences in leadership, teaching and educational technology in K-12 schools in Alberta. Research interests include research-practice partnerships, technology-enhanced learning environments, experiential learning, leadership, instructional design, school reform, innovation, social networks, and professional learning communities using action research, case study and design-based research methodologies. 

Current Werklund School of Education EdD candidate 

Amber Hartwell is a Learning Sciences doctoral student and research assistant at the University of Calgary. She also works as a teacher-librarian for School District #23 in British Columbia. Amber has previously worked as a sessional instructor in the Werklund School of Education as well as a teacher and learning leader for the Calgary Board of Education. Her research and teaching interests are focused in the meaningful integration of technology in teaching and learning. 

Children’s Experiences During COVID-19

Using Survey and Case Study Data to Support Resilience in Children and Youth

Original Air Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the school year for hundreds of thousands of Alberta students. This resulted in substantial shifting of schedules, methods of learning, and access to social and learning supports for students, their families, and teaching staff.

While there have been many reports of children and youth struggling with academics, social and emotional issues, and mental health concerns, there is also evidence to suggests that Alberta’s students are demonstrating significant resilience in the face of this global crisis.

This program will share insights gathered from children and youth in Alberta, drawing from the first-hand experiences and accounts during the time when schools were physically closed and children were participating in at-home learning. We aim to draw attention to the many factors supporting resilience during this time and explore ways that parents and teachers can continue to build on and support resilience in the coming months and years for children of all ages and abilities.

Brought to you by the Werklund School of Education.

Meet the Speakers

Senior Instructor, Werklund School of Education

Director of Integrated Services in Education

Dr. Makarenko is a Senior Instructor in School & Applied Child Psychology and Director of the Integrated Services in Education (ISE) clinic at the Werklund School of Education. ISE is our on-campus training clinic for students in Educational Psychology programs and offers high quality interventions and psychoeducational assessments to support the educational and psychological well-being of children and adolescents. In her role as Director, Dr. Makarenko is focused on maximizing client experience and providing high quality graduate training within ISE. She is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in the United States. Since coming to the Werkund School of Education, Dr. Makarenko’s research has focused on identification of learning disabilities subtypes, supporting students in graduate psychology programs through course design, and using neuropsychological research to support educational practice and instruction.

Associate Professor, School & Applied Child Psychology, Werklund School of Education

Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz is Associate Professor, School and Applied Child Psychology, at the University of Calgary. He holds a PhD in Social Psychology (2002) and an MSc in School and Community Psychology (1992) from the University of Calgary. His research and teaching interests include the psychosocial factors contributing to child, adolescent, and family development, particularly how developmental assets contribute to both risk and thriving in youth and families.  Dr. Schwartz served as a psychologist with a Calgary school board (1991-1996), developed and chaired the Behavioural Science program at Ambrose University (1996-2008), and was Director of the University of Calgary Applied Psychological and Educational Services clinic (UCAPES; 2008-2015) where he provided graduate supervision and clinical oversight to over 1400 referrals. Dr. Schwartz is owner of a private practice (PsyConsult) that provides consultation and psychoeducational assessment services, and he is frequently invited to speak to local and provincial service providers, agencies, and school districts on critical areas of child, adolescent, and family development.

Assistant Professor, School & Applied Child Psychology, Werklund School of Education

Dr. Carly McMorris has a PhD in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University (Toronto, Ontario). She completed her clinical internship at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids; Toronto, Ontario), and is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. In the fall of 2015, she moved to Calgary and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Paediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and the Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Dr. McMorris joined the Werklund School of Education in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the School and Applied Child Psychology program. Her research focuses on how to improve the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), such as autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and cerebral palsy (CP). She is particularly interested in understanding why a number of children with autism are at heightened risk for experiencing mental health issues.

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