Social Studies Teachers Association

Calling All Citizens

Friday, October 26, 2018

 

Location

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

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Conference Schedule

Friday, October 27, 2017

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
Dr. Alan Sears, Professor of Social Studies Education
University of New Burnswick
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

Some sessions have limited enrollment so please register early.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  October 12, 2018

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

Registration Information:

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

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

Lunch is served on site at Saint Mary's and consists of a "Gourmet boxed lunch" including a variety of sandwiches/wraps, a salad, fruite, homemade sweet, and a beverage.  Vegetarian options are available on the lunch table and do not need to be reserved.  When registering you will be asked to select from one of the following meal options:

  • Regular lunch (no specific dietary reservation)
  • Gluten-free reserved lunch
  • Dairy-free reserved lunch
  • Gluten-free/dairy free reserved lunch

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alan Sears

Dr. Alan Sears is a Professor of Social Studies Education in the Faculty of Education at UNB.  He has been a social studies teacher for more than 40 years working at all levels from primary to graduate school. In the Faculty of Education at UNB Alan teaches undergraduate courses in teaching methods, social studies education, and international education and graduate courses in research methods and educational policy.  He also regularly supervises PhD and MEd students and does professional development work with teachers. 

Alan’s research and writing have been in the fields of social studies, citizenship education, history education, religion and education, and educational policy.  He has authored more than 50 articles and book chapters and as well as authoring and editing both academic books and school textbooks.  From 2014-2018 Alan was Editor of the international journal Citizenship Teaching and Learning. His books include Globalization, the Nation-State and the Citizen: Dilemmas and Directions for Civics and Citizenship Education (co-editor) and Education, Politics and Religion: Reconciling the Civic and the Sacred in Education (coauthor) both published by Routledge.  His most recent book, coauthored with a team from around the world is, Education, Globalization and The Nation published by Palgrave Macmillan. 

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

Maximum participants per session - 30 unless otherwise indicated

A1:    Gaelic Infusion – Where do I start? (secondary grades)
Melissa Shaw – Teacher, Citadel High School
This workshop provides an introduction to the Gaels for teachers incorporating the language, culture and history of the Gaels into their curriculum .   Although teachers are prepared (as per Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education 2015 and Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan 2017) to infuse Gaelic into their  curriculum, many have little previous knowledge about Gaelic history and culture, and many teachers are unsure as to what exactly they should be teaching regarding the Gaels.  This workshop will introduce teachers to the Gaels, explore curriculum resources and identify areas of support for teachers infusing Gaelic into their curriculum.
Grade Level: Appropriate for teachers of grades 7-9 and Gaelic Studies 11

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

B1       Gaelic in the Classroom
Katherine Macleod, Highland Village Collections Assistant & Stacey MacLean, Gaelic Animator 

Within the last five years, there has been a great effort to connect students to the founding cultures of Nova Scotia through the new streamlined curriculum. Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village recognizes the needs of teachers to have ready-made cultural resources that can be used in the classroom. This workshop will show teachers how to introduce Gaelic in their classrooms using a Gaelic Workbook. The workbook will draw on Nova Scotia Gaelic idioms and themes found throughout the culture. Activities, lessons-plans and resource websites will provide students a chance to learn about the rich history of the Gael in Nova Scotia while engaging children in hands-on, interactive and fun cultural experiences, which we will demonstrate in this workshop. As well, we will outline the in-class and on-site programs available at Highland Village. Each program provides engaging activities that meet several outcomes as outlined in the most current version curriculum.
Grade level: Appropriate for teachers of all grades

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

C1      Gaelic Infusion – Where do I start? (elementary)
Beth-Anne MacEachen – Teacher, Citadel High School
This workshop provides an introduction to the Gaels for teachers incorporating the language, culture and history of the Gaels into their curriculum .   Although teachers are prepared (as per Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education 2015 and Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan 2017) to infuse Gaelic into their  curriculum, many have little previous knowledge about Gaelic history and culture, and many teachers are unsure as to what exactly they should be teaching regarding the Gaels.  This workshop will introduce teachers to the Gaels, explore curriculum resources and identify areas of support for teachers infusing Gaelic into their curriculum.
Grade level: suitable for teachers of grades P-6


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