Sarah Vogan, a social studies and English teacher at Peace Wapiti Academy in Grande Prairie, has been selected to participate in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa on February 21-26.
The annual week-long professional development opportunity brings 85 outstanding teachers from across Canada together in Ottawa for an inside look at how Parliament works. Throughout the program, participants collaborate to develop strategies for teaching about Parliament, democracy, governance and citizenship. Attendees will meet Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons, observe Question Period and other debates and meetings, analyze critical issues, and receive important resource materials. The program is open to those who teach in a subject area related to citizenship, civics and/or social studies.
Ms. Vogan says she was introduced to the program through a presentation offered at the 2013 Mighty Peace Teachers Convention, and immediately recognized it as an experience that would be immensely beneficial to educating within the social studies field.
"It was a bit of a shock when I first learned I had been selected for the program, but I was naturally very excited. I got in touch with a fellow social studies colleague, Scott Bowen at Beaverlodge Regional High School, to talk about his past experience with the program and to gather some inside tips on how to make the most of it," adds Ms. Vogan. "I believe the program will enrich my abilities as an educator, colleague and parent. I am also confident it will develop my knowledge and effectiveness in helping others connect with their country, government and the subject of social studies."
Prior to joining Peace Wapiti Academy in 2008, Ms. Vogan completed her practicum and began her teaching career at Sexsmith Secondary School, where she says her positive experience in teaching junior high language arts and social studies solidified for her that she had chosen the right career. Ms. Vogan completed her education at Grande Prairie Regional College, MacEwan University and the University of Alberta, while playing volleyball in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and as a member of the MacEwan Griffins team. She continues to share her love of the game through coaching varsity and junior girls volleyball at Peace Wapiti Academy. She also coordinated the school's Rotary Interact Club during the 2013-2014 school year.
The Teachers Institute, launched in 1996, is coordinated by the Library of Parliament and supported by the Speakers of both the Senate and the House of Commons. For more information on the program, visit http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/About/Parliament/Education/teachers-institute-e.html.
Photo Caption: Sarah Vogan, a social studies and English teacher at Peace Wapiti Academy in Grande Prairie has been selected to participate in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa on February 21-26, 2016.