Dr. Carol Doyle-Jones, associate professor in the College of Education at Niagara University and academic chair of the Ontario educational studies department, received a Global Excellence Award from the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education at its annual conference, Feb. 15-16, 2024, in Denver, Colo. Her presentation, “Together Shaping Sustainable Paths in Indigenous Education Research,” shared how settler educators integrating Indigenous perspectives, history, and culture into their pedagogy and curriculum build resiliency and community where they work and teach.

Her presentation focused on how she facilitates Indigenous education into the Ontario teacher education program through workshops, conferences, and a video series to bridge understandings and relationships with Indigenous educators, knowledge keepers, and storytellers, and to empower teacher candidates to integrate Indigenous perspectives, history, culture, and knowledge into their pedagogy. This work addresses the Ontario Ministry of Education’s expectations that Indigenous education and perspectives are key components in the curriculum.

“Teacher candidates need to attain a deeper awareness of, and greater comfort level with, how relationality applies to Indigenous ways of knowing and learning,” she said. “One way to address the hopes and fears around Indigenous education is to create space for Indigenous knowledge keepers to lead explorations into Indigenous worldviews, and to connect these understandings to curriculum and pedagogy.”

The one-day Indigenous Education Conference evolved into a virtual series of videos and workshops since its inception in 2018. In 2023, it coincided with an inaugural Teacher Education Conference, bringing sessions on mental health in schools and becoming an educational leader alongside stories of survival in residential schools.

The Global Excellence Award is presented in recognition of significant and exemplary global education programming or practices that advance global/international, intercultural, and cross-culture education, and supports cross-cultural sensitivity and affiliation, develops programs that systematically integrate diversity, and encourages faculty and students to think and act globally and locally.

The AILACTE, an affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, was formed in 1980 to provide an effective voice for member institutions at the national, state, and campus level in matters related to teacher education.