Professional Development and Instructional Leadership in Teacher Education

Are you interested in ongoing professional development that is embedded and working in real-time with your current teacher practice? Consider becoming a Coaching Teacher (CT) for a Teacher Candidate (TC) from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) School of Education. The 16-month program has 4 practica: (1) EDUC 390 (Observational - once a week); EDUC 391 (Experiential - 3-weeks); EDUC 490 (Formative - 4-weeks); and EDUC 491 (Summative - 10-weeks). There are different ways to contribute and different ways to participate and learn. UNBC and School District No. 57 (Prince George) woule like to promote and support you in this professional journey. Come join the session to learn more about becoming a Coaching Teacher and practicum experiences at UNBC. This session is not limited to Prince George, but in support of teaching and learning in Northern BC in K-12 schools.


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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  • University of Northern British Columbia and School District No. 57 (Prince George)
    Christine Ho Younghusband

    Dr. Christine Ho Younghusband is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in the School of Education. Most of her work has been with the Teacher Education Program during its redesign and implementation as a course instructor, B.Ed. Coordinator, and practicum supervisor. Christine is a former secondary mathematics teacher, curriculum developer, and school trustee, as well as a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University and St. Mark's College at UBC. As part of the UNBC Team, Christine has collaborated with members of School District No. 57 (Prince George) with program redesign and practium experiences. She is excited about the possibilities the UNBC Teacher Education Program in Northern BC.

  • School District 57 (Prince George)
    Debbie Kaban

    Debbie Kaban is the Director of Instruction for Curriculum and Innovation in School District 57 Prince George, after many years of teaching and school administration in Prince George schools. She has been at the forefront of progressive changes in the school district, including innovative supports for student learning initiatives, mentoring programs, and professional learning, and building system capacity for equity and inclusion for all learners. Debbie has also been instrumental in connecting the work and goals of the school district with the teacher education program at the University of Northern British Columbia, which supplies most of the school district's new teachers. For these efforts, she was given the Teaacher Educator Award in 2021 by the Association of BC Deans of Education.

  • Celina Pereira

    I was born and raised in Prince Rupert British Columbia. This is where I went to school and participated in extracurricular activities. These activities reinforced my extroverted personality and inspired me to work with youth. I have been an aspiring teacher since sixth grade, inspired by my experiences with my own teachers and my desire to help students reach their full potential.  I have a Bachelor of General Arts from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and am currently enrolled in the Education Program (Elementary Stream) at UNBC.