MAPLE BEAR GLOBAL SCHOOLS’ COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG
Maple Bear’s affiliation with the University of Winnipeg is a great official window for Maple Bear Global Schools into the Canadian education system. It enhances our ability to offer more professional learning and formal coursework to our teachers worldwide. It also allows us access to current research, advice, and formal programs for our trainers and teachers.
POST BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM
A Post Baccalaureate Program has been designed by the university in collaboration with Maple Bear Global Schools. The program consists of ten 30 credit hour courses that are taken over two years. University of Winnipeg professors and instructors offer the courses during the weekends and evenings to allow the participants to continue to work while they are studying.
This program started in 2013 and has graduated more than 100 Maple Bear teachers, coordinators, owners and central office staff in Brazil. The Post Baccalaureate diplomas have helped teachers and administrators pursue Masters’ degrees in Brazil and in Canada.
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES PRESENT THEMSELVES
The affiliation with the University of Winnipeg provides many valuable opportunities for Maple Bear through fostering new ideas and collaborations.
For example, several U of W leaders and professors have presented at Maple Bear school owner and teacher conventions in Brazil. Two members of the Faculty of Education are contributing members to the Maple Bear Global Schools Committee for Future Academic Planning. Their time, knowledge and resources are key to helping us stay up-to-date with academic best practices and trends.
Currently Maple Bear Global Schools is partnering with the university to design an Early Childhood Certificate Program for our teachers and prospective teachers.
Maple Bear Global Schools continues to build on this relationship. A Centre for Educational Excellence through the University of Winnipeg is being discussed as well as the offering of first year undergraduate courses to Maple Bear high school students in Brazil.
A CLOSE-KNIT FAMILY
Maple Bear Global Schools values this relationship with the University of Winnipeg. The University of Winnipeg Education faculty is innovative and creative. They are wonderful to work with and a good fit for Maple Bear. With affiliations such as this one, Maple Bear has an advantage over many other international educational brands. We stay on top of the latest trends and current research developments in the education sector. We also have instant access to the top education experts in Canada.
THE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN POSITIVE
Lenna Glade, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Special Projects, has received lots of positive feedback: “The program has been highly regarded. We have heard responses that indicate that it has created a deeper understanding and better instruction in the schools.”
Students, parents, teachers and school owners all benefit from the extensive training and educational expertise in the Maple Bear system that this partnership provides. Certainly, it is a key factor to our success as it supports our vision in providing high-quality education.