John Myers began life (after 2 decades of childhood and adolescence) as a high school social studies teacher in a Toronto high school with a large immigrant population, Over more than three decades he has taught grades 3-adult in four provinces (including BC) and three countries. Currently at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto his work includes curriculum and assessment methods as well as a popular course on powerful teaching strategies. His interest and work in immigration and multicultural studies began in the mid 1970s and recently blossomed through a federal project on immigration history and policy in which he wrote a teachers and student resource.
In this keynote participants will be presented with an overview of issues dealing with immigrants and immigration in social studies curriculum grades 8-12 in British Columbia. In additional to some statistics and stories behind the numbers John will share some principles for teaching as well as important persistent issues in the field. The audience will also be involved in sharing insights they may have.
In the follow up workshop, we shall apply these principles to classroom practices: practices we can use for other topics.
Joel Bakan is an author, film maker (most famously The Corporation which received numerous awards), and a professor of law at the University of British Columbia. His work examines the social, economic, and political dimensions of law, and he has been published in leading legal and social science journals as well as in the popular press. His scholarship and teaching has earned him numerous awards and he has also worked on landmark legal cases and government policy , and often serves as a media commentator.
His most recent book Childhood Under Seige: How Big Business Targets Children explores how corporations are exploiting children though their unique needs and their vulnerabilities and calls society to action to stop this trend and provides information and insights on how to do this.