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Assessment and intervention model being used in more than 20 Edmonton schools.

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2018

A University of Alberta education researcher who achieved dramatic results with early assessment and intervention to help Grade 1 and 2 students with reading difficulties says there’s still a chance to help these students in Grade 3.

George Georgiou, a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, along with his collaborators Rauno Parrila at Macquarie University and Robert Savage from the University College of London, started working with 290 Grade 1 students from 11 Edmonton public schools in 2015-16.

The group trained undergraduate and graduate students to assess students’ reading abilities and provide appropriate interventions, such as intensive phonics and matching of the newly learned correspondences with words in children’s storybooks, to help them improve their reading.

By doing so, Georgiou and his team reduc...

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October
2018

New student-designed ashtrays aim to keep butts and roaches off city streets

Improved canisters at designated smoking areas in Edmonton started off as a class project for three U of A design students.

New and improved ashtrays aimed at keeping some of Edmonton’s busiest streets free of cigarette butts and cannabis roaches owe their clever design to three University of Alberta students. The
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October
2018

‘Dream come true’: Aga Khan inaugurates University of Alberta garden

Visit caps first season for cultural and architectural masterpiece, the world’s northernmost Islamic garden.

A visit from the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary imam of the world’s roughly 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, highlighted the official inauguration ceremony today of the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta. The
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October
2018

Royal Alberta Museum’s residential schools exhibit tells the ‘story of Canada’

New exhibit conveys powerful truths about what Indigenous peoples experienced and lost, says U of A curator.

On the main floor of the newly opened Royal Alberta Museum, visitors will find an exhibit that is partially enclosed and features a cautionary panel that warns patrons of the sensitive materials
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October
2018

Schulich scholarship winners share passion for possibilities of science and technology education

Two exceptional first-year students are starting off their engineering and science studies at the U of A with one of Canada’s richest undergrad scholarships.

A shared passion for the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education has earned two first-year students at the University of Alberta one of Canada’s most
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October
2018

U of A nursing and education programs land near top of Maclean’s university rankings

Science, engineering and business programs also make top five in latest rankings of Canadian universities.

The University of Alberta’s nursing program held fast at second place in the latest Maclean’s rankings of Canadian universities, while education moved up to third place from fourth last
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October
2018

COMMENTARY || The social implications of teens leaving Facebook

Changes in how different groups use social media could create new "digital divides," says communications researcher.

For years, Facebook grew in size and influence at a staggering rate. But recent reports suggest its hold on users—particularly in the developed world—may be weakening. Globally, Facebook’s user
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October
2018

U of A names honorary degree recipients for 2018 fall convocation

Three outstanding individuals will receive the university’s highest honour this November.

A Western Canadian philanthropist, a musical virtuoso and a former Canadian senator will be awarded honorary degrees from the University of Alberta this November. “Honorary degrees celebrate
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October
2018

Aga Khan coming to Edmonton to inaugurate garden named in his honour

New garden built to enhance cultural understanding and peace is a major Alberta cultural asset.

The Aga Khan is coming to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden to officially inaugurate the garden that bears his name in a private ceremony on Oct. 16. The 4.8-hectare Aga Khan Garden, given
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October
2018

How Indigenous women use physical activity for spiritual connection, resistance and resilience

Physical activity helps Anishinaabeg women connect with cultural concept of positive transformation, researcher finds.

For a group of Anishinaabeg women, physical activity is about more than just fitness, according to a new University of Alberta study; it’s about enacting resilience in the face of
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September
2018

Orange Shirt Day an opportunity to come together in spirit of reconciliation

U of A community to commemorate national day of acknowledgement this Friday.

It’s a day that provides an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to acknowledge the legacy of residential schools, and show their support for those whose lives have been affected by
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September
2018

Why teachers should embrace digital devices in the classroom

It doesn’t matter what tools you have, it’s about how you use them to teach, says education expert.

France’s recent decision to pass a law banning the use of cellphones, tablets and smart watches at school for children under 15 is just the latest example of moral panic around new digital