Social Studies Teachers Association

Cultural Connections

Friday, October 25, 2019

 


 

The registration deadline for this conference has been extended to October 18, 2019


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IMPORTANT UPDATE - CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
as of September 23rd at 6:45 p.m. 

The payment issue has been resolved and members can now fully register for conference.   

Registration will open to NSTU webmail holders* only at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 23rd

Registration will open for Non-NSTU webmail holders at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 30th

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Location

Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Some sessions have limited enrollment so please register early.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  October 11, 2019

Parking will be limited!
Participants are encouraged to plan ahead, carpool, and arrive early.

In an effort to be environmentally conscious, the SSTA Conference this year is BYOB!
That's Bring your own BOTTLE for water, and Bring your own reusable BAG for brochures and other exhibit freebies!

Conference Schedule:

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Conference Registration – Sobey Building
9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address Loyola Conference Hall
Weldon Boudreau, Acadian Singer-Songwriter & Performer
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Workshops in Session A
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tour of Exhibits -  Loyola Conference Hall
Nutrition Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshops in Session B
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - Loyola Conference Hall
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Workshops in Session C
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. SSTA General Meeting - Loyola Conference Hall
Delegate Receipts issued

Registration Information:

SSTA Conference fee $100.00 (includes lunch)
Substitute / student/ retired registration $50.00

All registration questions should be directed to:  sstaconference@nstu.ca

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. III.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Keynote Speaker
Weldon Boudreau, Acadian Singer-Songwriter & Performer

Weldon Boudreau has worked as a french, second language teacher for 20 years in several public schools in the greater Halifax area in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Since 2008, he has taught music at École Beaubassin, one of the francophone schools in the CSAP (Conseil  Scolaire Acadien Provincial).

He has contributed to the development of Nova Scotia's francophone music scene. He is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and his music is strongly influenced by his Acadian roots, which he works passionately to promote and preserve. In 2004, he launched his Acadian album "L'Acadien de l'Acadie" and in 2005, he received a nomination from the Music Industry of Nova Scotia for  “Francophone album of the year”. In 2015, he launched his song "Nos Aïeux" at the Canadian Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France. That same year, he participated in numerous festivals in Normandy such as le Festival Acadien à Courseulles-sur-Mer.

He has toured the 21 schools of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and he directs and is the artistic director of his school choir at École Beaubassin. He is also the coach and artistic director of the group "Route 102". A group of 4 young francophone students (2 members of Truro and 2 members of Halifax joined by the highway that joins the two places, "Route 102". The group “Route 102” perform at schools and different governmental functions and their mission is  to promote Acadian culture everywhere.

Weldon Boudreau has performed with his daughter Josée, throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec, Lafayette, Louisiana and the Acadian Festival of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer in France. Weldon and Josée share the same passion for performing and for promoting acadian culture to inter-generational crowds everywhere they travel.

In 2014, the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial awarded him the Teacher of the Year Award.

In 2019, he received the award "The Order of the Pléiade". The title of Knighthood, a distinction recognized by Paris officials that rewards those who have distinguished themselves by serving the ideals of cooperation and friendship of the francophone community internationally.

Special Off-site Sessions:

Full Day

Q2:         Treaty Truckhouse - learning about the importance of water protection
Location for this workshop only: Sipekne'katik River – Hardwood Lands, NS
Drew Moore, Culturually Responsive Mentor, Chignecto-Central Regional Centre and Special Guests
This session will include a site visit to the Treaty Truckhouse at the Sipekne’katik (Shubenacadie) River to meet with and learn from the Grassroots Grandmothers and Water Protectors who are protecting the river. This will be followed by an afternoon at Riverside Education Centre for teachers to collaborate on thinking about ways they can share what they learn with their students. Issues and themes will include the Treaty relationship, the importance of water, and decolonization.
Maximum 12 people
Register online as usual and you will be contacted with further details. Participants are responsible for their own transportation directly to the site and home (you do not need to come to SMU first).  Lunch is provided.

Q3          Ross Farm A Living Heritage Farm – A special full day workshop for the SSTA Conference
Location for this workshop only – Ross Farm Museum, New Ross NS
Ross Farm is a window into the past of Nova Scotia’s rich agricultural history! Join Ross Farm interpreters in a hands-on 19th century setting, and learning practical things that are needed in everyday life. This taste of Ross Farm’s popular school program will give teachers their own experience which they can share with their students. Try your hand at using a variety of tools and implements, make some of your own items, and meet the heritage animals…. maybe even visit the one-room schoolhouse for an educational experience that’s close to home! 
Maximum 15 people
Register here as usual and you will be contacted with further details. Participants are responsible for their own transportation directly to the site and home (you do not need to come to SMU first).  Lunch is provided. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and for the weather.
Suitable for teachers of grades 4-6 but all are welcome.

Q5          Africville Museum – A special AFTERNOON ONLY session 1:30-3:00 pm at the Africville Museum , Africville National Historic Site
Andrew Howe, Outrreach Coordinator, Africville Museum
of the Africville Heritage Trust at this beautiful venue to listen to the stories of the true Africville and its contribution to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the African Diaspora.
Nova Scotia Heritage Day 2020 celebrates the contributions of African Nova Scotians and specifically commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Africville Apology. Africville itself is a symbol of African Canadian community organization and a site of pilgrimage for people honouring the struggle against racism. Join members
Maximum 15 people
Register here as usual and you will be contacted with further details. Participants are responsible for their own transportation directly to the site.  Participants are asked to dress comfortably and for the weather.
Suitable for teachers of all grades

Longer Option Sessions:  (10:30-12:30)

AB1        Exploring Refugees, Armed Conflict and Humanitarian Education in the Classroom
Marie-Laure Tapp, International Humanitarian Law Coordinator: Eastern Canada, Canadian Red Cross, featuring Nova Scotia teachers  Áine O'Hare: Lockview High School (Halifax Regional Center for Education), Shannon Black: Pugwash District High School (Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education), Taunya Pynn Crowe: Cobequid Educational Centre (Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education), Renata Verri: Horton High School, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
In light of the refugee crisis and the increasing discussion of humanitarian law violations in the media, this workshop will profile practical activities, like the construction of a refugee camp, that teachers can use to help students develop a better understanding of global conflicts driving migration, war crimes and International Humanitarian Law. A brand new interactive online resource will be lunched in Nova Scotia at this workshop to help make these issues come to life in the classroom. This training will be of particular interest to teachers of: social studies, civics, global issues, law, political science, history, geography, philosophy and sociology. Teachers registering for this workshop will have the option, if desired, to participate in an additional free professional development at a later date to receive an Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) certificate offered by the  Canadian Red Cross.
Suitable for teachers of grades 9-12 
This workshop is a “double” session. If you sign up for it, you do not need to sign up for other morning workshops.
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

AB2        Hidden Children, Identity and the Holocaust: Surviving in the Margin of the Catastrophe
Bring the Voices of Canadian Holocaust Survivors into Your Classroom: Exploring the Resources of the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program
 
Marc-Olivier Cloutier, Azrieli Foundation/ Fondation Azrieli
This workshop will open with an exercise to orient teachers towards best practices in Holocaust education and a reflection on why we teach the Holocaust in Canada. Next, the facilitator will introduce the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program and provide a brief overview of our free, bilingual resources. Most of the workshop will focus on familiarizing teachers with our digital resource called Re:Collection, which is an educational tool for exploring the history of the Holocaust through first-hand accounts of survivors who immigrated to Canada after the war. In small groups, teachers will test out a short activity using Re:Collection and brainstorm ways they can use it to enhance their current teaching practices.
Teachers will learn about the range of Canadian resources that are available to teach the Holocaust and practice strategies for bringing Re:Collection into their classrooms.  Re:Collection is an engaging and effective pedagogical tool because it brings together two key considerations in Holocaust education: the integration of survivor voices into the study of the Holocaust, and the use of technology to support student learning.
Suitable for teachers of grades 5-12
This workshop is a “double” session. If you sign up for it, you do not need to sign up for other morning workshops.
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

Workshops in Session A  (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

Maximum participants per session - 30 unless otherwise indicated

A1          Teaching students to be financially and digitally responsible citizens - online resources for Grades 6-8 and Citizenship 9 classes
Swara Narayanan, Regional Director- Canada, EVERFI

This session provides an overview of EVERFI's online resources to teach topics such as civic engagement, financial literacy and digital citizenship.
Teachers can teach students about a variety of financial topics (e.g. budgeting, savings, loans) and provide students with the knowledge needed to safely navigate the digital world such as understanding digital footprints, protecting private information and copyright laws. EVERFI also has programs on bullying prevention, building a positive school climate and developing healthy relationships. And the best part? EVERFI provides these resources to schools and additional training for teachers for FREE!
Educators who attend this session will leave with unlimited access to EVERFI's growing library of online and offline resources to enhance their social studies and citizenship instruction.
Suitable for teachers of grade 6-9
This is a Bring your own device (ideally a tablet or laptop) workshop
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

A2          Hockey isn't Just a Game - Develop Critical Thinking Skills & Use Primary Resources
David Carter, Hockey Holmes Heritage Detective and Communications Designer, Nova Scotia Museum
The history of the province of Nova Scotia can be learned through the history of ice hockey. Starting with Mi'kmaq contributions and the early games played by students at Kings College in Windsor Nova Scotia, this workshop will explore how Nova Scotia helped the game evolve from beginnings through the 19th and 20th centuries, including the contributions of African Nova Scotian communities. Additionally, contributions from across the province will be introduced so that all hockey and history lovers will see how their local area connects to the origins of our national game.
This workshop will include interaction with artifacts and archival documents so that teachers will not only explore the history of hockey but the historical research and critical thinking skills that are used to discover any complex and often unknown history. This workshop will use primary resources to help teachers see how they too can become history detectives in their classrooms and meet social studies curriculum outcomes.
Suitable for teachers  of  grade 7-12, but all hockey fans are welcome

A3          Unearthing slavery in Nova Scotia
Robyn Brown, Teacher, Halifax Regional Centre for Education
This presentation will use primary source documents to help teachers collaboratively create lessons to help students learn about slavery in Nova Scotia during the 18th century. The goal is for teachers to leave with cross-curricular lessons that can be adapted for their grade level.
Suitable for teachers of grades 7-12, particularly Canadian History 11, African Canadian Studies 11, & Global History 12

A4          Teaching Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum: Challenges and Strategies
Dr. Shelagh Crooks, Saint Mary’s University
Social study is a natural environment for the development of critical thinking skills in students. By their very nature, social problems are ill-defined and multi-faceted, and they require students to engage the problem evidentially, and to weigh the social and moral consequences of various, and, often, competing considerations. The discipline of Social Studies is more about questions than answers, and so, the student of Social Studies learns to raise and explore questions about beliefs, claims, evidence, definitions, conclusions, and actions and to make nuanced evaluations.
This  workshop will provide teachers with an interactive discussion of a teaching  strategy that they might use in the classroom to develop students’ willingness to engage in deep-level, critical inquiry. This is a strategy that I use in my own critical thinking classroom and it is used by a number of Saint Mary’s faculty in the humanities and social sciences. As a context for this, we will discuss why getting students to a place where they are comfortable with the ideas of inquiry and evaluation represents a significant challenge for students and educators alike.
Suitable for teachers of grades 7-12

A5          Mi’kmaq Song and Issues  (CANCELLED)
Raymond Sewell, Indigenous Student Advisor, Saint Mary’s University
Back by popular demand! This presentation will look at elements of Mi’kmaw art and music. There will be an emphasis on l’nu world-view. Participants can expect to be part of a discussion around indigenous education.
Suitable for teachers of all grades

A6          Outward and Upward Mobilities: Understanding International Students in Canadian Classrooms
Dr. Min-Jung Kwak, Geography & Environmental Studies, Saint Mary’s University
People move out for education to move up in the world. For the last three decades, we have seen an increasing level of student mobility at global scale and Canada has been one of the major destinations for this movement. What do we know about their geographical and social mobility? How do Canadian governments and educational institutions perceive the rising number of international students? How do international students and their families adapt to new educational and living environment in Canada? As teachers, how have you been working with this diverse group of students in your classroom? This workshop provides an overview of international student mobility to Canada and introduces several case studies that examine the experiences of international students. By sharing experiences and ideas of working with international students, the workshop also provides an opportunity to develop strategies to create a more inclusive learning environment for international students in Canada.  
Suitable for teachers of all grades

A7          Connecting Students to the Environment and Civic Action through Virtual Engagements
Kelsey Brasil, enthusiastic and passionate change-maker & School Engagement Officer, Green Schools
Join Green Schools NS to explore ways to engage with students virtually on topics like Energy Efficiency, Climate Change, and Action. Green Schools connects with over 300 schools across the province offering participatory learning experiences that empower students to take action for a more sustainable future. We will show you how we use technology to spread awareness and tools to create change to over 28000 students. Interested? Sign up and we will demonstrate how we engage with all grade levels and leave behind easy to implement activities in your classroom (linked to your curriculum).
Suitable for teachers of all grades

A8          Ready Resources from Elections Nova Scotia
Naomi Shelton, Communications Director, Elections Nova Scotia & Tavis Bragg, Teacher, AVRCE
Elections Nova Scotia is an independent, non-partisan agency that is responsible for conducting provincial elections and by-elections. They are always “election ready” Are you? ENS has recently started a renewal of their educational resources with the help of Nova Scotia teachers, and they want your input. Come see some early drafts of lesson ideas and contribute to ENS longer-term projects by sharing your thoughts and experiences  What helps your students engage with the electoral process both in and out of the classroom?
Suitable for teachers of grades 7 – 12, and those involved with Student Councils

A9          Service Learning: Citizenship in Action
Adam Bunin, Teacher, Teacher, Avon View High School, AVRCE
This workshop is open to all who wish to learn more about working with students on service learning projects. It is also designed to meet the needs of educators who are teaching Citizenship 9. Connections with the school and wider community will be explored. Participants will receive a brief overview of service learning, followed by insights into ideas for developing a framework for service learning projects. Sample forms and examples of student work will be examined. We will discuss specific in-class activities, tracking progress, and conversation topics for peer teachers and school administration. Let’s get our student thinking, planning, serving and moving! Let’s get them communicating, educating, donating and agitating (in a good way!)
Suitable for teachers of grade 7-12

A10        Be a Nat Geo Certified Educator
Sarah Black, Manager, Education Programs, Canadian Geographic Education
Throughout this free workshop, trained Canadian Geographic Education educators will lead teachers through the Geo-Inquiry Process and phase 1 of the National Geographic Educator certification program. Using Canadian-specific and curriculum-based examples, teachers will have the opportunity to actively participate in each workshop and dive deeper into how these programs could be applied in the classroom. A few of the many topics that teachers will explore include how to incorporate Indigenous and traditional ways of knowing, technology use, global citizenship values and critical inquiry. The workshop will be divided into: learning in a large group, a practical demonstration, and small breakout sessions to apply and discuss what was learned. Se ssions will be offered in both English and French.
Why this session?
In order to make informed decisions, today's students need to understand the complexity of the dynamic interactions between human and natural systems. As a way to assist teachers in helping students become better global citizens, Canadian Geographic Education and National Geographic have partnered up to offer educators a free one-day workshop. This workshop will focus on the Geo-Inquiry Process and the National Geographic Educator Certification Program.
Suitable for teachers of all grades

Workshops in Session B (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

B1          Music and Soccer as a Teaching Tool
Dr. Rosana Barbosa, Saint Mary’s University, History Department
This presentation will give examples on how to use sports and music to engage students in learning History.  For instance, Rhumba will show the perseverance of Afro-Cubans in maintaining aspects of their culture despite the inhumane system of slavery. Tango will demonstrate how Argentinean society attempted to eradicate Afro-descendants from their history by whitening the history of tango. Reggaeton will illustrate not only migration but also the impact of US imperialism. Soccer will engage students to understand the impact of pseudo-scientific racism in Brazil and how non-whites had to fight in order to transform soccer from an elite European sport to a national passion with unifying powers.
Suitable for all teachers whose curriculum includes global issues, particularly global history

B2          Winged Skulls and Weeping Willows – Getting to know your local historic graveyard
Vanessa Smith, Assistant Curator of Archaeology, NS Museum
The gravestones of historic cemeteries and burial grounds can offer us tangible insights into the past. The information recorded on the stones presents not only useful genealogical and demographic data but can also be used to explore community attitudes towards death and commemoration, identities and affiliations, gender and status. The epitaphs may chronicle surprising stories of lives lived (or even stand as an enduring accusation of murder!)
Using Halifax’s Old Burying Ground as a case study, this illustrated and interactive discussion will explore these possibilities. A range of practical tools and archival resources will be provided so teachers can bring the skills developed in this session to the historic cemeteries in their own area and research the local individuals remembered on the stones.
Suitable for teachers of grade 5-12, particularly Grade 5, Social Studies 7 & 8, Canadian History 11, Global Geography 12, Law, and courses with Historical inquiry skills

B3          Who’s Your People? An Africentric World View & Africentric Resource Materials and How to Use Them : Engaging and involving students by inspiring historical curiosity and artistic creativity.
Chanae Parsons, Youth Programs Coordinator, DBDLI & Tony Colaiacovo, Publishing Consultant, DBDLI

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is committed to excellence in Africentric education and research. Based on Africentric principles, the DBDLI’s activities are centered on connecting with and serving African Nova Scotian communities and students. The DBDLI identifies and addresses the gaps and educational equity issues through research, publishing and developing educational resources. This workshop will review the Africentric resource materials developed by the DBDLI and discuss their use to further the learning outcomes for all students.

B4          Envisioning Responsible and Responsive Cultural Relations
Dr. Benita Bunjun, Social Justice & Community Studies, Saint Mary’s University
This workshop provides a deeper understanding of building good and healthy relations as educators who work in spaces of intermixing across different positions, identities, cultures and experiences. We consider ethical dilemmas as teachers and focus on shifting power relations towards more relevant, responsible and responsive relations on Mi'kma'ki.  
Suitable for teachers of grades 7-12, and those with social justice connections

B5          Incorporating Diverse Perspectives in the History Classroom: Historica Canada’s Resources
Mira Goldberg-Poch, Assistant Manager, Historica Canada

Canadian history has most frequently been told from the perspective of European Settlers. As a results, voices of diverse communities are often omitted from the telling of our nation’s past. Incorporating overlooked perspectives into Canada’s story offers students a more complete picture of our history and provides them with the tools to interrogate dominant narratives in Canadian history. This workshop will introduce participants to Historica Canada’s range of bilingual and curriculum-aligned resources - including education guides, lesson plans, videos, online resources, and more – that are designed to aid teachers hoping to incorporate diverse perspectives into their pedagogy. Join this workshop to explore the resources we offer to provide your students with the opportunity to develop a richer understanding of Canada’s history. Historica Canada’s free, bilingual materials will be available for participants to take home. The development and production of Historica Canada’s bilingual resources is a collaborative process that engages educators, academics, and community stakeholders in content creation and lesson planning.
Suitable for teachers of grade 7- 12
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

B6          From Passion to Purpose- a responsive approach to service learning
Therese Boudreau MacKinnon, Immersion Teacher, Halifax Regional Centre for Education
Are you trying to guide students to use their interests and strengths to construct service learning projects? This workshop will how a framework that organizes many of the Grade 9 Citizenship Education/ Éducation Civique outcomes around the service learning project, but will be useful to anyone interested in leading their students in service learning. By following this structure, students are able to identify their strengths, choose an issue, that interests them, explore the financial and digital knowledge they need, and plan a project to address this issue. This workshop will help you be the guise on the side that leys students be in charge and help organize different projects in one class.
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.
Suitable for teachers of Citizenship Education 9 and all others interested in hands-on service learning

B7          Utilizing Digital Databases for First World War Soldier Research
Michael Wilson, teacher, New Germany Rural High
This workshop will introduce educators to free online databases that will allow them and their student to research World War One files such as attestation papers, service files, circumstances of death records and grave records. Participants will learn how to access files of famous Canadians in the first world war such as John McCrae, Billy Bishop and Egar Adamson, but also how to access personal files of potential family or community members. Teachers will be able to show their students how to use these primary documents to personalize their study of World War One.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices to explore the databases as we go.
Suitable for teachers of grade 7-12, particularly Social Studies 7, and History 11

B8          INCORPORATING ACADIAN CULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM
Weldon Boudreau and Gabriel LeBlanc, 2019 membres de l’ Ordre de la Pléiade
Weldon Boudreau is an educator, a singer-songwriter and a performer. Gabriel LeBlanc is a former educator, a historian and an author. Together, they will provide insight in their personal experiences while sharing educational materials that will enrich and authenticate the topic of acadian cultural identity in the classroom. Their presentation will bring an awareness, a sensibility and an appreciation of the acadian reality- past, present and future. It is a workshop that will inspire you and give you the information and the resources necessary to incorporate the acadian element into your educational program.
Suitable for teachers of all grades
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

B9          Gaelic Nova Scotia: A resource guide for teachers
Lewis MacKinnon, Office of Gaelic Affairs
In 2019, Gaelic Nova Scotia: A Resource Guide was launched. The purpose of this Guide is to help Nova Scotians understand Gaels and their unique Gaelic language, culture, and identity so they can:
- tell the story of Nova Scotia Gaels as a people;
- celebrate Nova Scotia Gaels as a unique ethno-cultural group who continue to contribute to Nova Scotia's diversity through their unique Gaelic language, culture, and identity;
- demonstrate how Nova Scotia's society and economy can benefit from supporting the languages, cultures, and identities of distinct group strengthen our collective sense of culture and identity;
- show how recovering, reclaiming, and renewing Gaelic language, culture, and identity in our communities strengthens the foundations upon which communities are built.
This workshop will focus on how the concept for Gaelic Nova Scotia: A Resource Guide came in to being, why it is needed, how it can be used and how its inclusion in the classroom contributes to the fostering of more aware, engaged and empowered students, who will lead us into the Nova Scotia of tomorrow.
Suitable for teachers of all grades

B10         Esri Canada - Engage your students with the new ArcGIS StoryMaps
Angela Alexander | K-12 Education Resource Developer, Esri Canada

Story maps are an engaging way to present content that incorporates the use of maps, text, photographs and other media. Earlier this year a new generation of story maps was unveiled. The new ArcGIS StoryMaps builder, gives you access to flexible storytelling options, built-in express maps that make map making easy, and pre-designed themes that ensure your story map has a consistent look. In this session, you will learn how quickly you can create your own story maps using the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder.
Suitable for teachers of grades 7-12
Bring your own laptop, Chromebook or tablet to the session.
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

Workshops in Session C: (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

C1          Historic Nova Scotia: A new resource for teaching local history
Roger Gillis, Project Director, & Sharon Murray, Project Coordinator, Historic Nova Scotia
This workshop will showcase the new digital public history project, Historic Nova Scotia, hosted by Dalhousie University in partnership with the Nova Scotia Archives, Nova Scotia Museum, and several other heritage organizations around the province (https://historicnovascotia.ca/). The website and free mobile app give teachers, students, and the general public easy access to geo-located history "stories" from across the province, which are authored by museums, archives, heritage organizations, and local historians. The Historic Nova Scotia team will give an overview of the website and free app, demonstrate its many features including stories, tours, tags, and the interactive map, plus discuss ways it could be used in the classroom to engage students with local history. The goal of this workshop is not only to showcase Historic Nova Scotia as a resources for Social Studies teachers across the province, but also for the Historic Nova Scotia team to get input from teachers about what kind of local history content they would like to have at their fingertips. In this workshop, therefore, participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences teaching local history and brainstorm what tools Historic Nova Scotia could provide that would help them teach Nova Scotia history
Suitable for teachers of all grades, particularly those with history or historical inquiry connections.

C2          Journaling to Reignite Your Teaching Creativity
Meryl Cook, Author & Creativity Expert
As teaching professionals, sometimes we get mired in the rut of the practice of teaching. We forget that our profession evolved from our creative spark. In this workshop, we will learn practical journaling tips for unblocking creativity that will get your innovative ideas and creative juices flowing again. Learn techniques and tips for unblocking creativity, whether it is to regain your sense of purpose and joy in life and work, or to foster innovation and greater productivity. The format is a combination of storytelling, interactive discussion, journal writing or sketching. Participants will learn: How to use journaling to get unstuck. The three essential ingredients to opening up creativity. How to set a regular practice of journaling for teaching creativity.
Participants are encouraged to bring a small journal or sketchbook. Meryl's One Loop at a Time books will be available for sale at a special conference rate.
Suitable for all teachers who want to unlock their creative and reflective potential

C3          Lest we Forget: The Jewish experience in Mauritius during WWII
Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, Modern Languages & Classics, Saint Mary’s University
Why do we tell stories? This workshop will remind us that storytelling is about honouring our past, including the sometimes untold or forgotten stories of refuge and exile. In particular, we will explore how the story of Jewish migrants incarcerated in Mauritius during WWII is one that should be told and re-told, lest we forget. 
Suitable for teachers of grades 9-12, particularly History, Global History, Geography, and Literature.

C4          Activating Service Learning and Citizenship Education through the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative
Kate Gatto, National Program Director, Youth & Philanthropy Initiative Canada, www.goypi.org
How do we create authentic service learning opportunities that support students to become engaged citizens who are empowered by their experiences to make a meaningful difference in our communities? Many aspects of Nova Scotia curriculum provide opportunities for this kind of deep learning in our communities; and YPI, the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative is a vehicle for these experiences to have a deep and lasting impact, while showing students that their voices, their actions, their decisions, matter. YPI is a public charitable foundation that offers a multi-award-winning free school program that grows compassionate communities by connecting youth to social issues, local charities, and philanthropy at a pivotal stage in their adolescence. YPI provides opportunities for students across the country and internationally to engage in experiential service learning about their communities, and grants hundreds of thousands of dollars to community-based charities each year, 100% decided by thousands of teenagers. Using the guiding questions in the Nova Scotia Citizenship 9 curriculum as a jumping off point, this presentation will demonstrate alignment between the course requirements and YPI, and will share how your school can join YPI to give your students the opportunity to direct a $5,000 grant to a charity of their choice, creating awareness for social issues and charities across the community.           
Suitable for teachers of grade 7-9, particularly Citizenship Education/ Éducation Civique
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.

C5          The Untold Story of how Canada’s support in the darkest days of WWII “proved absolutely fundamental to Britain’s ability to survive as an independent country”
W. (Bill) Green , Director Remembering Canada’s Heroes organization
This Workshop discusses several important Canadian actions and achievements during the early years of World War ll when Freedom and Democracy in the world depended on the survival of Britain and the Commonwealth. Participants will gain an enhanced understanding of the critical role played by Halifax and Sydney NS residents and organizations in ensuring the flow of supplies to Britain (and later to Western Europe and Russia) was instrumental in ensuring Allied Victory in 1945. This presentation will be of interest to all Grade 8 & 11 Canadian History Teachers and Grade 12 Global History Teachers as it describes how the end of WW ll led to the current Threat of War in Korea today.
Suitable for teachers of grades 8-12

C6          Games in the Secondary Social Studies classroom
Dr. Ingrid Robinson, Teacher Education, St. Francis Xavier University
This workshop identifies practices teachers can use to engage their students in learning social studies content and skills through the use of games. Teachers will have the opportunity to learn why and how the use of games in a social studies classroom are not only an engaging strategy for students but also have educational value; social studies games can help students improve their content knowledge and more importantly they can help students develop historical thinking skills. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to learn about social studies games through the use of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on group work, which they can take back for use in their classrooms.
Suitable for teachers of Junior and Senior high, and those wishing to incorporate historical and geographic inquiry skills.

C7          Qualities that make memorable teachers
Michael Kelly, Department Head, Glace Bay High School
Several years ago at a gas station a man came up to me and thanked me for being his teacher in High School. Speaking to my colleagues about this, some told me that they have had similar encounters, and in conversations with former graduates, some have referenced certain teacher that they felt were good at their job. I have always inquired as to what traits qualified the teachers mentions as “good teachers”. This workshop is the summation of those conversations with graduates, scaffolded and augmented with modern research that support those conclusions.
Suitable for teachers of grades 9-12

C8          Building Global Connections: Teaching Francophone Cultures Through Film
Prof. Shana McGuire, Saint Mary’s University
Atlantic Canadian students have a general appreciation of the importance of the French language within our national culture. But do they understand how the French language connects them to a multitude of francophone cultures around the globe? This presentation will focus on using film as a lens through which to teach students about international francophone cultures in order to expand their worldview beyond the more familiar French-speaking regions of Europe and North America. Using a selection of films from Africa and the Caribbean as case studies, we will look at strategies teachers can use to help students understand the historical, political, and cultural contexts of these regions with the goal of developing their level of intercultural awareness.
Suitable for teachers of grades 10-12

C9          Hands-On History: The Big Six
Laura Cole, Teacher, AVRCE
This interactive presentation introduces The Big 6 Historical Thinking Concepts as well as strategies to integrate them into your existing classroom practice. Participants will gain access to a shared Google Folder which includes various handouts and hands-on activities. Although the main focus of the presentation lends itself to Canadian History 11 outcomes, the concepts are easily transferable to other History courses/units. 

C10        Voting Rights Through Time: Literacy, Collaboration and Inclusion
TBA Outreach Officer Elections Canada & Wendy Driscoll, Elections Canada Teacher Advisor, HRCE
How inclusive is our democracy? That is the question that your students will discuss in “Voting Rights Through Time” our Elections Canada learning resource. In this workshop, you will participate in the student activity to understand this innovative approach to voting history. You will learn about historical case studies of inclusion in voting rights since 1867. In the activity, your students will read aloud event cards describing historical events,  and decide together where to place events on the inclusion to exclusion scale.  The activity can be easily adapted for language learners and younger students. The innovative inquiry-based approach allows you to meet learning goals in history, citizenship and oral, reading and written language development. Students of all abilities are included in this activity that emphasizes collaboration, interaction, conversation, and reflection.
Suitable for teachers of grade 6-12
Les ressources présentées dans cet atelier sont également disponibles en français.


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