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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Teaching for the 21st century

In 2013, the Ministry of Education announced they were "modernizing teacher education in the province beginning September 2015" and this included expanding the program to two years.

Since then, the Faculty of Education has worked diligently to re-structure and re-design our BEd program to better prepare students for 21st-century teaching and learning.  The program will emphasize STEM education, with courses focused on pedagogies for critical digital literacies, coding and communication, mathematical thinking and doing, as well as mental health and responsible digital citizenry. The two-year program will be led by Dr. Diana Petrarca, who has been a part of the faculty since it opened its doors.

The process of designing, developing, and realizing major curricular changes at the program level formed the basis of a collaborative paper which was presented at the inaugural International Symposium on Higher Education in Transformation (HEIT).  The symposium was organized by the Technological University for Dublin in coordination with UOIT, OCAD University, Trent University, and Durham College.  The paper, Re-imagining pre-service teacher education in Ontario, Canada -- A journey in the making, shares the experiences, objectives, values, and considerations throughout the process of building a new program. It was co-authored by Dr. Janette Hughes, Dr. Diana Petrarca, Dr. Ami Mamolo, Jennifer Laffier, and alumna Laura Morrison, who recently also completed her MEd.