Conference 2014

2014 BCSSTA Conference October 24 2014 at Vancouver Technical Secondary School

This year we proudly announce our Keynote Speaker as Dr. Wade Davis!!  Our conference theme, in keeping with Dr. Davis’ presentation, will be “Ancient Wisdom  – Modern World”.

Register early by clicking HERE to reserve your spot!

This year’s conference is sponsored in part by:


Wade Davis Picture

An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6000 botanical collections. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller.
His other books include Penan: Voice for the Borneo Rain Forest (1990), Shadows in the Sun (1993), Nomads of the Dawn (1995), The Clouded Leopard (1998), Rainforest (1998), Light at the Edge of the World (2001), The Lost Amazon (2004), Grand Canyon (2008), Book of Peoples of the World (ed. 2008) and One River (1996), which was nominated for the 1997 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. His books have been translated into fourteen languages.

A native of British Columbia, Davis, a licensed river guide, has worked as park ranger, forestry engineer, and conducted ethnographic fieldwork among several indigenous societies of northern Canada.  His photographs have appeared in some 20 books and more than 80 magazines, journals and newspapers, including National Geographic, Time, GEO, People, Men’s Journal, Outside, and National Geographic Adventure. Select images are part of the permanent collection of the U.S. State Department, Africa and Latin America Bureaus.  Davis is the co-curator of The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes, first exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and currently touring Latin America.

A first collection of Davis’ photographs, Light at the Edge of the World, appeared in 2001 published by National Geographic Books, Bloomsbury and Douglas & McIntyre. A second collection is under contract for fall 2011 publication with Douglas & McIntyre.

A professional speaker for over twenty years, Davis has lectured at the American Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, California Academy of Sciences, Missouri Botanical Garden, Field Museum of Natural History, New York Botanical Garden, National Geographic Society, Royal Ontario Museum, the Explorer’s Club, the Royal Geographical Society, the Oriental Institute, the Chattaugua Institute, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank as well as some 400 renowned educational institutions, including Harvard, M.I.T., Oxford, Yale, Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, Duke, Vanderbilt, University of Pennsylvania, Tulane, Georgetown, and St. George’s School. He has spoken at the Aspen Institute, Bohemian Grove and on numerous occasions for the Young Presidents’ Organization and at the TED Conference.
An Honorary Research Associate of the Institute of Economic Botany of the New York Botanical Garden, he is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Davis was a founding board member of the David Suzuki Foundation and he recently completed a six-year term on the board of the Banff Centre, Canada’s leading institution for the arts. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2009 for the Amazon Conservation Association, whose mission is to conserve the biological diversity of the Amazon. In 2009 he delivered the CBC Massey Lectures, Canada’s most prestigious public intellectual forum.

Davis was the series creator, host and co-writer of Light at the Edge of the World, a four-hour ethnographic documentary series, shot in Rapa Nui, Tahiti, the Marquesas, Nunuvut, Greenland, Nepal and Peru.  Davis has recently completed a new four-hour series for the National Geographic, Ancient Voices/Modern World, which was shot in Australia, Mongolia, and Colombia.  When not in the field, Davis and his wife Gail Percy divide their time between Washington, D.C., Vancouver and the Stikine Valley of northern British Columbia. They have two children.

In 2013, Davis joined the University of British Columbia as research and teaching faculty.

Here’s the day’s schedule:

8:00 – 8:45am Registration & Package Pick up Exhibitor Hall and Registration Desks
8:45 – 9:00am Opening Statements & Introduction of Executive Main Auditorium
9:00 –   10:00am Wade Davis Keynote Main Auditorium
10:00 – 10:30am Movement to Workshops & Book Signing Exhibitor Hall and Classrooms
10:30 – 12:00am Morning Workshop Sessions Classrooms
12:00am -1:15pm Lunch & AGM Cafeteria, Staff Cafeteria (AGM) and Exhibitor Hall
1:15 –   2:45pm Afternoon Workshop Sessions Classrooms
2:50 – 3:00pm Closing and Prize Draw Main Auditorium
Apres Social

And here is our list of workshops!



WORKSHOP SESSION: A     (10:30AM to 12:00AM)

Workshop Title Description Presenter(s) Location
Sex Ed and More Through the Eyes of Political Cartoonists Cartoonists look at topics ranging from class size and discipline to sex ed and technology. Charlie Hou 406
Teaching History: exploring how we might bring the experiences and expectations of teachers and professors closer together A discussion based space for exploring high school and post-secondary history teaching expectations, stumbling blocks, connections, and possibilities. Dr. Mark Leier 415
Diplomatic Rescue: Carl Lutz and the Legendary Glass House in Budapest Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz rescued 62,000 Jews in 1944 Budapest. What prompted his actions? Dr. Adera Goldberg 414
Technology in Social Studies with ArcGIS Online Using ArcGIS Online students are actively engaged in creating, analyzing and inquiring with limitless maps and data. Get hands-on experience today! Ashleigh Harris 219(computer lab)
Using 21st Century Approaches to engage students in Global Issues Explore modern pedagogical approaches used by SLS: Student Leadership in Sustainability that can empower students and teachers to understand global issues and respond with local actions. Be the Change (Maureen Jack-Lacroix & Jen Holden) 413
Primary Source Learning Tools from Historica Canada This workshop will help teachers introduce primary source analysis in their history classrooms, exploring both teaching tools and online primary source archives. Historica Canada (Jill Patterson) 409
The Responsibility of Citizenship in Democracy: How Do We Nurture an Ethic of Engagement in Public Life This collaborative workshop will explore how we can nurture an ethic of active citizenship among young Canadians. Murray Mollard 419
Home Children: a forgotten piece of our Canadian immigration history Bring history to life through research and debate. Beryl Young 418
Using project based learning to teach the new social studies curriculum This workshop aims to help teachers develop a project-based approach to teaching social studies. Dr. Lindsay Gibson Library
Human Geography: the World Has Changed A hands-on workshop using Gapminder.org to understand new global situations. Practical, class-ready material. Nicola Colhoun 408
Climate Justice – It Connects Everything Together This session will explore lessons and resources for teachers in the new BCTF/CCPA Climate Justice Curriculum Package. Ryan Cho Music Room
Understanding Nazi Germany Teachers will see a novel way of teaching the factors that motivated people to embrace Nazi ideology. Randy Matheson 404
Linking Modern Public Art to Universal Wisdom Vancouver Biennale’s BIG IDEAS education: New curriculum resources for the 2014-2016 exhibition Open Borders / Crossroads that foster historical thinking, geographic thinking and promote social justice This workshop will showcase and share the new curriculum developed for Vancouver Biennale’s 2014-2016 exhibition featuring specific inquiry challenges that model historical/ geographic thinking and link to all facets of the K-12 curriculum; including social justice, Indigenous ways of knowing, economics, law, philosophy, government and politics. It will also introduce teachers to our BIG IDEAS in-school grant program. Stephanie Anderson- Redmond 412
Learning through the NFB: Teaching Social Justice in the Digital Age Through this interactive session, participants and facilitators will explore the NFB’s online educational streaming service which provides access to more than 3500 on-demand films, resources, lesson plans, classroom activities, pedagogical evaluations and additional materials curated specifically to meet curricular outcomes for social studies courses in BC. Claudia Sicondolfo 407

WORKSHOP SESSION: B                 (1:15PM to 2:45PM)

Title Description Presenter(s) Location
Technology in Social Studies with ArcGIS Online Using ArcGIS Online students are actively engaged in creating, analyzing and inquiring with limitless maps and data. Get hands-on experience today! Ashleigh Harris 219(computer lab)
Primary Source Learning Tools from Historica Canada This workshop will help teachers introduce primary source analysis in their history classrooms, exploring both teaching tools and online primary source archives. Historica Canada (Jill Patterson) 409
Home Children: a forgotten piece of our Canadian immigration history Bring history to life through research and debate. Beryl Young 418
Teaching Reconciliation through Hockey, Art & Story Using story and art to explore the effects of residential schools on Canadian society, and the methods to promote reconciliation. Alana Sawatsky 419
Ancient Knowledge / Modern Formats: Project-based Assessments in Lieu of Final Exams No exam? No Problem! Tish shares her templates and experience with substituting a final project for a final exam – suitable for SS8 to 11 teachers. Examples will be shown and handouts will be provided. Letitia Sladden 413
Teaching the History and Experiences of Working People in BC Resources and methodologies for developing themes and units related to Labour History in BC will be covered in this session Wayne Axford & Sarah Purdy 415
Using HistoryConcepts.org to formatively assess students ideas about differing accounts Participants will try HistoryConcepts.org, a web-based tool for examining students understandings of different historical accounts Dr. Kevin O’Neill & Dale Martelli 223 (computer lab)
Embedding historical thinking in your classroom This workshop introduces teachers to six historical thinking concepts and offers practical ideas, activities, materials and examples that can embedded in classroom activities, lessons, and units. Dr. Lindsay Gibson & James Miles Library
Voices into Action – a free, interactive anti-racism and social justice resource Voices Into Action – a free, interactive online resource examines human rights’ issues of prejudice, intolerance, and social justice. Jodi Derkson 406
The People Connection: Hands-on Human Geography Explore human population trends, natural resource use and land use patterns in this interdisciplinary workshop. Jozsef Budai 412
Applying the Historical Thinking Concepts to the Asian Holocaust: BC ALPHA’s New Classroom Presentations Using the Historical Thinking Concepts to teach about human rights issues during the Asia-Pacific War. Heather Evans 407
Teaching the Vietnam War: Hook, Line, and Thinker This presentation will introduce a number of methods to stimulate interest and discussion. Stories, print material, and audio-visual aids will be used. The lesson will explore values, historical perspective, and continuity and change. Randy Matheson 404
Ecological Literacy in the 21ST Century Join us for a collaborative inquiry into place and competency-based learning for the 21st century, with rich opportunities to explore ecological literacy. Jonathan Dyck & Selina Metcalfe Music Room
Black Strathcona Black Strathcona creatively and engagingly depicts the cultural life, institutions and social geography of a once vibrant Black community in northeast Vancouver. This unique neighbourhood’s story is largely unknown in Vancouver, and yet the community thrived for nearly six decades of the 20th century. Mary Filleul & Gordon McLennan 408















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