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The Aspiring Teachers camp is an offshoot of LEAP designed for grade 7 and grade 8 students who wish to become teachers and come from racialized and/or Indigenous backgrounds.

The need for teachers from marginalized groups has never been more critical. Today’s classrooms are becoming more diverse, yet the teaching force is fairly homogeneous. Students need to connect with teachers and feel they understand their situations from lived experience.

What This Camp Offers

This summer camp will provide students with a forum to discuss their education experiences and the impact of having a teacher who “gets” them. They'll experience what teaching is all about, reflecting on how they demonstrate the attributes of a great teacher and learning the process to become a teacher, starting from grade 9.

The students will tour our university campus and act as junior volunteers in LEAP for younger children, to experience teaching from the other side of the desk. Working with LEAP campers was one of the students' favourite activities from last year.

Aspiring Teachers 2020

We’re expecting two distinct groups of students for the 2020 camp: a group of students returning from the 2019 camp and new campers.

Returning Students

Students returning from the 2019 camp will spend two weeks at the 2020 camp. During the week of July 6–10, the returnees will spend half-days working with the LEAP campers as junior volunteers. In the other half of the day, they will choose from activities such as:

  • project-based learning opportunities (such as creating a group spoken word poem)
  • creating a scavenger hunt across campus
  • reflecting on their experiences with LEAP

During the week of July 13–17, the returnees will engage in activities that build upon their 2019 camp experience, sometimes in their own group and sometimes with the new campers. There will also be more time to work with LEAP campers.

Students working on projects

New Students

Campers new to Aspiring Teachers will join us for the week of July 13–17. The new campers will spend time as junior volunteers assisting with LEAP campers, but they will spend the majority of their time learning about the three pillars of the camp:

  • diversity
  • pathways to becoming a teacher (starting from grade 9)
  • teaching as a career

During this week, the new campers will engage with the returning campers regularly, including completing the scavenger hunt created by the returnees.

Registration

The Aspiring Teachers camp is limited to the first 20 campers who register. There is no fee for this camp!

For more information on how to register or any questions about the Aspiring Teachers camp, please contact Professor Colleen Willard-Holt at aspiringteachers@wlu.ca.

Students working at desk

There is research to suggest one authentic relationship with an adult can make the difference between staying in school and dropping out.

Even a brief introduction to careers in grades 7 and 8 has been shown to positively impact youths’ readiness for the challenges of educational and career planning.

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