Master Teacher Program 2018 Graduate Recognition Ceremony

John Abbott  College in Montreal is pleased to announce that 18 of its teachers and staff received recognition of their Master Teacher Program Certificate, Diploma, or Master Degree at the recent 2018 Graduate Recognition Ceremony which was held at Champlain College, St. Lambert Campus, on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

This Graduate Recognition Ceremony is an event that is held every two years and celebrates the accomplishments of the Cegep teachers and staff who complete one of the three programs offered within the Master Teacher Program (MTP). The Master Teacher Program is a graduate-level, education program for Cegep teachers, offered by the Université de Sherbrooke.

Graduate Certificate in College Teaching (GCCT): Participants who take the Certificate program are taught the pedagogical basics of excellent teaching skills, knowledge, and attitudes in the four core courses: College Teaching and Course Design, Assessment as Learning, How Students Learn, and Instructional Strategies for Active Learning. From there, there are several elective courses to choose from: Inclusion, Developmental Psychology, Teaching with Technology, Dynamics and Diversity, Blended Learning, Group Work, Motivation, and Program Evaluation.

Graduate Diploma in College Teaching (D.E.): Participants who continue in the Master Teacher Program, take the next 15 credits to complete the Diploma program. Core courses include Constructing Knowledge in Your Discipline, Constructing Knowledge Across Disciplines, Philosophy of Education, Integration Seminar, as well as a few elective courses from the GCCT list above.

Master of Education in College Teaching (M.Ed.): Participants who continue to the end of the Master Teacher Program, complete the research portion of the program, both the theoretical and the practical components, and develop and conduct a research activity, often in their own college or classroom.

John Abbott College is proud to announce that we have 18 MTP graduates in total, with six employees who completed the 15-credit Graduate Certificate in College Teaching: David Campeau (Registrar’s Office), Gerald McGrath (Police Technologies), Cathy Pye Dutton (Computer Science), Josée Tessier (Dental Hygiene), Diane Williams (Nursing) and Meighan Wilson (Nursing)

Seven John Abbott employees completed the 30-credit Graduate Diploma in College Teaching: Debbie DesRivieres (Dental Hygiene), Tasha Keri (Nursing), Patricia Lawrence (Nursing), Cynthia McIntosh (Academic Advising), Adriana Petrulian (Biopharmaceuticial Technologies), Claudiu Scotnotis  (Computer Science) and Josée Tessier (Dental Hygiene).

Five John Abbott  College teachers completed the full 45-credit Master of Education in College Teaching degree: Paul Bazelais (Chemistry),  Debbie DesRivieres (Dental Hygiene), Anila Hasko (Dental Hygiene),  Patricia Lawrence (Nursing), Adriana Petrulian (Biopharmaceuticial Technologies), Patricia Lawrence (Nursing) and Rick Rock (Graphic and Web Design).

The Master Teacher Program is offered in English and is available to all individuals who work in a Quebec Cegep, teachers and staff alike. Courses are held in the Montreal-area Cegeps, however, thanks to the online, blended-learning structure of the program, Cegep teachers from anywhere in the province can attend online and participate fully in the activities being done in the physical classroom in Montreal. Some individual classes are designed where everyone, all the participants, the teacher, and the technical support person, are all online for the entire class, while other classes require that everyone attend physically, in-class, in Montreal. For more information about the Master Teacher Program, please visit the Université de Sherbrooke, Performa website.

 

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Women’s individual national golf champ, Emily Romancew

Excerpts from the CCAA announcement:

“Winning a national award and being able to say we have a national title for John Abbott is amazing.

I think I played really well and I’m really satisfied with my overall week,” says Romancew.

Romancew, led the women’s individual race from wire to wire. Her final total of 298 left her six strokes ahead of runner-up Shaye Leidenius from RDC. Alyssa Stoddart from the Fanshawe Falcons shot a four-day total of 305 to claim the bronze medal.

Read the complete recap at Red Deer Queens, Boomerang d’André-Laurendeau named 2018 Golf National Champions


Day 2 of the CCAA Golf Nationals has our own Emily Romancew holding on to 1st place over Becky Martin of the Medicine Hat Rattlers. Romancew’s second consecutive score of 75 gives her a two-day total of 150, six strokes better than Martin.

André-Laurendeau, Humber and Red Deer lead the pack


In the women’s individual race, Emily Romancew from the John Abbott Islanders holds a two-stroke lead over Elizabeth Labbé from Champlain St. Lawrence and Becky Martin from the Rattlers. Romancew shot an impressive three over par 75.

“I feel good. With the wind conditions today, it was tougher than we thought but it was fun. I was in a fun group. I know I need to stay patient with three rounds left-patience and grind. I can’t get too ahead of myself. It’s a tough golf course,” says Romancew.

Red Deer and Humber top day one at the 2018 Ping CCAA Golf National Championships


Emily Romancew is a John Abbott Science student with a bright future ahead in both school and sport.

Described by her golf coach Joel Fitleberg as extremely supportive of her teammates with a super attitude, Emily won the highest golfing honour in the province last week – bringing home the provincial championship.

She is off to Medicine Hat Alberta this weekend for the CCAA National Championships. The five day competition is taking place at the Desert Blume Golf Club which will “…test every aspect of a golfer’s game…” according to the tournament host Medicine Hat College.

Stay tuned as we follow Emily and her incredible career!

Blood Drive this week at JAC

Did you know that to meet the needs of the population of Québec, Héma-Québec must collect 1,000 donations per day and that blood is an irreplaceable resource? In fact, every 80 seconds, someone in Québec needs blood. As a result, maintaining the collective blood supply depends on the generosity of those who feel compelled to share in the wealth of their health.

Despite the 60% probability of someone needing to receive a blood transfusion and despite the fact that one can give blood every 56 days as an act of solidarity to those in need, ONLY 3% of Quebeckers who qualify to give blood do so.

The body quickly replenishes the quantity of blood donated, which amounts to a little less than half a litre (450ml). The blood donation itself takes ten minutes and the entire process takes about one hour.

This is why we would like to invite you, as well as your friends and family, to save lives by giving blood, at John Abbott College blood donor clinic. The blood drive will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Casgrain Building (Agora) located at 21275 Lakeshore Road in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

If you have travelled outside Canada and the United States, please check whether you qualify either by calling 1-800-847-2525 or by going to www.hema-quebec.qc.ca and clicking in the following order: blood donation, donor qualification, qualification criteria. Then click malaria for travel exclusions.

Your support is precious to us all.

Physics Making Class Fun with Smartphones

The use of devices in school is always a popular topic at the beginning of a new school year. Read Profweb’s article: “Accelerated Learning with Smartphones in Physics” about 3 JAC Physics teachers and how they have increased student engagement and made class fun: “…John Abbott College…physics teachers have found a unexpected way to leverage their student’s penchant for smartphone use by incorporating these devices as tools to teach core concepts in Physics.” Read the article by Ryan W. Moon Profweb.ca .

JAC Academic Dean Appointed to the Conseil supérieur de l’éducation du Québec

Gordon is joining a 22-member council, all of whom are volunteers, for a term of four years.

The Conseil supérieur de l’éducation du Québec was created with its current mandate in 2006. Members are nominated from all levels and stages of education by the Provincial Government for the purpose of advising the Minister for Higher Education and the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sport on any matter relating to education.

 

Two Grants Awarded to JAC Biology Teacher

Simon Daoust, JAC Biology teacher, has been awarded two grants for the promotion of science by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

The PromoScience grant supports organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering. Hands-on learning for students and teachers alike is the focus of this grant.

The second grant from NSERC is a PromoScience Supplement for Science Literacy Week.

Science Literacy Week, held from September 17 to 23, 2018, is a week-long celebration of science and space throughout Canada presented in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency.

Stay tuned for more information about Science Literacy Week activities at John Abbott College.

Research Grant Awarded to JAC Math Teacher

Congratulations to Ferenc Balogh of the John Abbott College Mathematics department. He was awarded a research grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

Ferenc’s research project: “Asymptotiques des statistiques des valeurs propres dans les matrices aléatoires planaires“, proposes to include two JAC students to help in this research project.

To read the summary of this research proposal, click on the link below.