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Student Experiences: Alternative Practicum is Unforgettable

January 29, 2019
By: Emily Kirk 

Hello, my name is Emily Kirk and I am a new Queen’s alumni! I was a primary/junior teacher candidate who completed the program this past July and graduated in November. My time in the program was certainly memorable but one of the highlights would have to be my alternative practicum. I had the incredible opportunity of going to Kenya along with nine other teacher candidates to work with an organization called Living Positive Kenya. It was the most unforgettable life changing experience and I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made to apply to be a part of this team for my alternative practicum.

Sarah Taylor abroad at the Scotland Locs

Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair

TORF is the recruiting fair of choice in Canada for many independent, accredited international schools.

Queen's University Faculty of Education has been inviting International Schools to recruit Canadian Teachers since 1986. In 1989, Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair (TORF) was established by the Faculty of Education. Since then, we have placed thousands of teachers in schools in hundreds of countries. Organized by educators for educators.

Date: January 25 - 27, 2019
Location: Duncan McArthur Hall

See the Schedule and Learn more:

TORF January 2018 pointing at a globe of the world

Options Career Fair

Options Career Fair

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Student Street, Duncan McArthur Hall

Options Career Fair, held annually in January at the Faculty of Education, aims to provide our B.Ed./Dip.Ed. candidates with information about career opportunities and application procedures. Options is for district school boards from Ontario and other provinces, and other Canadian and international organizations, to set up displays and hold presentations here in Duncan McArthur Hall, in order to reach as many teacher candidates as possible. This event is hosted by Education Career Services, with assistance from the Education Student Society.

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EGSS Writers' Retreat 2018

EGSS invites you to join their 2018 Writer' Retreat.

Each morning, we will start with a warm-up workshop given by one of our highly esteemed graduate students. The remainder of the morning will be devoted to writing time. After lunch, we will have a presentation by Brenda Reed on effective research tools and library resources, then another writing block.

Date: Thursday, December 13th & Friday December 14th
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Education Library, Duncan McArthur Hall
Price: $10 for one day; $20 for two days
Coffee, tea, water, juice, and snacks, and a catered lunch will be provided.

To sign up visit:

EGSS Writers' Retreat poster
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Ask Me Anything! Diversity and Inclusivity Roundtable

The newly formed Teacher Candidates of Colour (TCC) would like to invite you to our first official event, Ask Me Anything! Diversity and Inclusivity Roundtable. TCC is a group dedicated to informing teacher candidates on topics of culturally responsive teaching and providing a safe space for teacher candidates of colour. The roundtable provides students with the opportunity to literally ASK ANYTHING from unpacking situations during prac to creating safe and inclusive spaces for racial minorities.

Date: Monday, December 10th
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Room A241/242, Duncan McArthur Hall
This event is open to all.

Learn more about submit anonymous questions at:

Teacher Candidates of Colour Group 2018

TORF Presentation in Toronto

Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Auditorium, 252 Bloor St West OISE, University of Toronto

  • An overview of opportunities available across the globe.
  • Information to help decide whether and when to teach overseas.
  • Photos of schools and teachers around the world.
  • An explanation of the Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair and online services.
Teacher Candidate teaching in China thanks to TORF placement 2016

Ghosted Legacies

In 1918, Queen’s University officially barred black students from enrolling in the Faculty of Medicine. The policy was in effect until 1965 and formally rescinded in 2018. For 100 years, the remarkable legacies of more than 50 black medical alumni who attended in the early part of the 20th Century were forgotten. Queen’s alumnus Edward Thomas presents his research examining the far-reaching consequences to our understanding of Black History at Queen’s.

Date: Tuesday, December 4th
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: A343, Duncan McArthur Hall (west campus)
This event is open to all.

To register visit:

New Medical Building, Queen's University Archives photo

Let’s Talk Science

Let's Talk Science Outreach at Queen’s University is excited to announce our first full day symposium for the 2018-2019 school season. These symposia feature a unique opportunity to connect your students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry professionals and local researchers working to investigate and solve real world issues.

The first symposium this year will be Let’s Talk Chemistry!

Date: Monday, December 3rd
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
This event is also completely free as we will provide transportation and lunch.

For more information and to register visit:

Let's Talk Chemistry Poster
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