Conference 2020


Friday October 23, 2020



                                Our Conference Theme this year is:

Exploration:  Redefining Humanity’s Relationship with Planet Earth


 Workshop Proposals: closed

Exhibitors and Sponsors: HERE

The BCSSTA is proud to announce our Keynote speaker for 2020: Jill Heinerth

Who is Jill Heinerth|? WATCH THIS!

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth has seen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. In her remarkable presentations, Jill encourages audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears, while applying her practical experience when it comes to lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies.

Named the first Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2016, Jill’s other many accolades include induction into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. She received the Wyland ICON Award, an honor she shares with several of her underwater heroes including Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard and Dr. Sylvia Earle. She was named a “Living Legend” by Sport Diver Magazine and selected as Scuba Diving magazine’s “Sea Hero of the Year 2012.”

In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was also awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2013, the medal recognizes singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding Canadian explorer.

 Friday October 23 Conference Day Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Morning Workshops
10:00-10:10 Break
10:10-11:20 KEYNOTE
11:20-12:20 Lunch & AGM (AGM starts at 11:30)
12:20-1:20 Mid-Day Workshops
1:20-1:30 Break
1:30-2:30 Afternoon Workshops
2:30-2:40 Break
2:40-2:50 Wrap-Up


Instructor(s) Workshop Title Workshop Description: 15 words conference program Detailed Description of workshop
Justine Bohn Outdoor and virtual experiences to get your students excited about Planet Earth Hands-on/virtual strategies to help children explore the human-environment relationship and engage in social action. In our increasingly digital age, and given the many education-related challenges post-COVID, it is more important than ever to keep students excited about the outdoors. This workshop, offered by Canadian Geographic Education, will provide teachers with easy-to-implement strategies to help students connect with the places and spaces around them through a mix of outdoor exploration techniques and virtual learning opportunities. Emphasis will be placed on Can Geo Education free, bilingual resources for K-12 classrooms, Google Geo Tools, outdoor learning apps, fieldwork methods, and more. The session will be fun and interactive and will give participants the chance to try out some resources and ask questions along the way. Can Geo Education resources are tailored to support lessons in geography, social studies, history and science, and incorporate competencies such as geo-inquiry, human and natural perspectives, and patterns of change.
Anthony Brown / Randy Clark SECRET VICTORIA: The Rush For Freedom The first African Americans to immigrate to the British Colony of Vancouver Island in 1858. The film: Secret Victoria: The Rush For Freedom is a 16 minute historical documentary film that can be seen on YTUBE. I would like the participants to ask questions about this unknown history of British Columbia and create a discussion from teacher to the classroom. Anthony produced the forty minute film “GO DO SOME GREAT THING: A full length 40 minute film about the Black Immigrants that came to the British Colony of Vancouver Island in 1858. He is currently working on the diverse community of Hogan’s Alley and the distruction of the Black community when the Georgia Street Viaduct was constructed.
Joseph Peloquin-Hopfner / Sonja  Van Der Putten Elections, Inquiry and Blended Learning New tools for teaching about democracy, including blended learning guides and new First Nations content. Looking for ideas to continue using inquiry-based learning when you teach about democracy in your blended, online or traditional classroom? Interested in ready-made lessons that incorporate rich, non-partisan content? Elections Canada will show you how to use our new blended learning guides to support your students no matter your learning environment. Our rich strategies and tools can be blended together seamlessly in any way that works for you and your students to maintain the inquiry focus in your classroom, whether it online or in the classroom. Find out how we have updated all of our resources since the 2019 general election. Learn about the adaptations Elections Canada has made to our student-centered, collaborative lessons that support your social studies, history, politics or geography curriculum.
Janet Ruest / Lindsey Bailey Geography Activities for a Sustainable and Just World Hands-on activities on land and resource use and their environmental impacts on habitats and communities. In this virtual session, participants will discover hands-on/minds-on activities that address global citizenship issues (e.g. environmental conservation and human rights) while building skills in critical thinking and using geographic tools. They will also explore ways to build knowledge and skills in the social sciences (geography, civics, economics and history), while applying learning to authentic problems.
Global citizenship is a mindset that cuts across disciplines. Within geography, it can be included in lessons on human settlements, urbanization, migration, land and water use, resource extraction and more. Students can then grasp the ethical considerations of the choices we make as an individuals and societies on how the human landscape changes over time.
Skill-building that cuts across the curriculum – critical thinking, recognizing bias, problem solving, articulating ideas and using new technology for research and modeling – will be addressed in the presented activities. All participants will receive electronic lesson plans with activity matches to the new provincial standards.
The presenters will begin the online session with an overview of the concepts to be addressed. They will then engage participants in activities that can be done in the traditional classroom or remotely. These include a simulation on resource extraction, an analysis of different types of climate change data, and a group activity to develop a set of measurable indicators for community sustainability. Participants will receive activity instructions, data charts and background reading on a password-protected website.
Anupreet Bal / Jasleen Sidhu Sikh Heritage Month – Learning, Sharing & Connecting Exploration of Canadian Sikh contributions to the fabric of British Columbia and Canada As a federally recognized month, Sikh Heritage Month celebrates the deep and rich roots of the Sikh community in Canada. With the largest Sikh population outside of Punjab, the month of April aims to recognize the contributions of Sikh Canadians in the social, political, economic and cultural spheres of Canada. As Sikhs have been an integral part of building British Columbia for over 100 years, this workshop will delve deeper into the historical, current and future impact of Sikhs. We will share lesson plans designed by teachers for the classroom that span all grade levels with a focus on core competencies as well as the First Peoples Principals’ of Learning as we explore the contributions of Sikhs in British Columbia.
Andrea McArthur Exploring Humanitarian Law The session will introduce Exploring Humanitarian Law materials and concepts in the classroom and increase teacher understanding of the main principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The session will introduce Exploring Humanitarian Law materials and concepts in the classroom and increase teacher understanding of the main principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).  IHL, also known as the law of armed conflict, is the body of wartime rules that protect people who are
not or are no longer participating in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of war. The session will look at explorations and modules from the ICRC Exploring Humanitarian Law toolkit, Canada and Conflict Toolkit, and online resource Forced To Fight. This session will be facilitated by local teacher
champions, along with Canadian Red Cross staff.

Workshop participants will learn to implement classroom lessons and activities dealing with issues relating to global conflict, bystanders, human rights, international law, refugees, child soldiers, gender-
based violence and attacks on civilians, hospitals and schools.

At the end of the session, participants will have a general introduction to Exploring Humanitarian Law and will be provided with access to resources that can be used in classroom. They will also be invited to attend and participate in future workshops of this nature hosted by the Canadian Red Cross, including
full day workshops and webinars.

David  Ramsay BC Tomorrow – Engaging Technology for Investigating Sustainability in BC Subjects come alive when students use engaging, teacher friendly technology to address sustainability in communities BC Tomorrow seriously examines Humanities relationship with Planet Earth by addressing societies understanding of the three pillars of sustainable development: environment, economy and human activity. As populations grow and resource demands increase, land use pressures will continue to increase. Adapting to climate change is becoming increasingly important. Is the landscape unlimited in its ability to function as more human activity occurs? Can humanity do whatever they want, wherever they want and expect our natural systems to maintain their ability to provide the goods and services many parts of our economy, society and environment depend on for future generations?
Our free, online project give students the opportunity to use real data to address real issues in their own watersheds, regions and communities. Students examine how our activities impact the land & they can see for themselves how human activity impacts planet earth by examining the impacts our activities have had on their own regions, communities and watersheds. The main driver of BC Tomorrow is our innovative and engaging land use simulator. With cutting-edge GIS map technology, our simulator is a little like a time machine. Students look back in the past to watch how the landscape has changed. Then they move into the future and see how the land could look if we keep doing what we are doing given current trends. Students then apply their learning, adjust the levers, and see how their own ideas and solutions potentially impact the future. Our approach is to put the tools into students hands, give them the opportunity to learn, share, solve problems and come up with solutions to address local issues. Applicable at multiple grades and with an ability to be incorporated from multiple perspectives, our learning tools are powerful. BC focused, instructional videos that can be used as stand-alone lessons or support learning in other subjects and the ability to include field observations are other components of our project.
Susie Saliola / Jean Tong Building a sense of place and community with free digital tools Gather primary source data on a community’s people and environment with a collaborative tool, Survey123. In this hands-on session, educators will learn how to create a collaborative field study using Survey123, a free, Web-based digital survey tool in Esri ArcGIS Online software. With this, students can create interactive surveys that allow them to collect data using their preferred device whether at home, at school, or outside in the community. A survey is a great way to gather primary source data on a community& people and environment. You will also learn how to communicate the results of the survey, using Esri interactive StoryMaps.
Desiree Archer The Anthropocene Education Program: exploring the human-environment relationship through technology and art A training session on how to use new media to teach students about the Anthropocene As a result of increased human pressures on Earth’s natural systems, a coalition of scientists has suggested that a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, has begun. The Anthropocene Education Program, developed by Canadian Geographic Education and The Anthropocene Project, presents an opportunity for students to learn the history and science behind the Anthropocene, and understand just how much, and in what ways, humans are collectively changing Planet Earth. This interactive workshop will guide teachers through a series of educational activities, short films, interactive photography, augmented and virtual reality experiences, and more, that have been created for in-classroom and virtual use. Participants will be given opportunities to test out some of the resources and will learn how to book a free classroom kit. This set of resources can be used cross-curricularly, covering topics found in geography, social studies, language and arts programs, and incorporate competencies such as geo-inquiry, human and natural perspectives, and patterns of change.
Dana  Fallis Gamification of the Sustainable Development Goals:  Making Social Justice Learning Accessible, Understandable and Fun Are you ready to gamify your classroom? Come explore the interconnected nature of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and take home activities that make learning around complex issues engaging and fun for all students. In this workshop, we will dive into each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the ways that they relate to your class and curriculum expectations. Throughout this activity, a variety of gamified resources and activities will be demonstrated that can be used to teach the SDG, as well as how to approach these activities in a way that addresses intersectionality amongst students.
Dimitri Pavlounis & Jessica Johnston CTRL-F: Simple Verification Skills for a Complex Information Environment Determining what information to trust is challenging for anyone — these simple digital literacy strategies can help (pasting from the docx was a formating nightmare)
Lali  Pawa Legal Rights for Youth in Environmental Activism Help students understand their legal rights and take a more active role in environmental activism. Students are increasingly leading the environmental movement. Greta Thunberg’s School Strike is a prominent example of youth-led environmental activism, but youth all over the world are getting involved. Given students are taking a more active role in environmental activism, it is important that they understand their legal rights as well as the potential risk of certain forms of activism. Learn how to talk to your students about their legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to environmental activism. Help them stay safe and engaged.
Ilona Shulman Spaar Antisemitism – You can make a difference A workshop about anti-Jewish propaganda and how to confront it This interactive workshop provides teachers with an overview about a new online workshop on antisemitism tailored to students of grades 10-12, recently developed by the VHEC as a direct response to the rise of antisemitism in Canada and around the world.The workshop features historical examples of antisemitism and propaganda from the VHEC Collections, exploring how the Holocaust represents a paradigmatic genocide and the most severe consequences of hate and racism left unchecked. A focus of the workshop is on contemporary forms of the hatred of Jews, and how students can become allies against it and other forms of racism. By providing practical guidelines to students, this workshop demonstrates how they can enhance their media literacy skills to detect antisemitic tropes and how they can confront antisemtic comments, images and conspiracy theories when encountering these in person or online.
This workshop will be launched in the school year 2020/21 as a free-of-charge online resource. It supports educators in their teaching about racism, antisemitism and the Holocaust in a variety of settings, including home-based learning. It will be offered as an in-classroom workshop facilitated by VHEC volunteer docents when safe and feasible.
Greg Miyanaga and Mike Whittingham Landscapes of Injustice -Secondary and Elementary Teacher Resources Landscapes of Injustice tells a story of the loss of home. It is about fear, racism, and measures taken in the name of security that made none safer. It is also about the resilience of Japanese Canadians confronting injustice. Landscapes of Injustice tells a story of the loss of home. It is about fear, racism, and measures taken in the name of security that made none safer. It is also about the resilience of Japanese Canadians confronting injustice. The product of an extensive 7 year research project funded by a SSHRC grant and based out of the University of Victoria these ground breaking teaching resources were developed to enrich the study of Japanese Canadian history, in particular the forced sales of Japanese Canadian property in the 1940s. These web based resources contain many never seen before archival sources, images, oral testimony and film documenting the internment era. Please join us as we explore the national launch of these new engaging digital resources.
Dallas Yellowfly / Alysha Collie Indigenous Storytelling Virtual Workshop Cancelled Cancelled
Wayne  Axford / Sarah Purdy “BC History: The Voice of Working People” Learning resources and strategies  to support the teaching of BC History through the lens of working people. This Zoom based workshop will provide an overview of classroom and on-line learning resources that will help the teacher guide their students through some key moments in the development of British Columbia from the 19th into the 20th Century. The lesson materials reflect the learning standards, curriculum competencies and content of the current Social Studies curriculum.
The materials are in multiple formats. Print documents are ready for use and can be easily modified by the teacher to meet particular curricular and student needs. The lessons incorporate a wide variety of photographic and other primary/secondary documents. Many of the lessons utilize short videos from the Working People: A History of British Columbia series. Recent lessons have been developed around the role of Indigenous peoples and the translation of lessons into French is underway. The materials are freely available through the Labour Heritage Centre website and the TeachBC portal.
Michelle Chaput Phase 1 of National Geographic’s Educator Certification Program This professional development opportunity will certify participants in Phase 1 of National Geographic’s Educator Certification Program The National Geographic Educator Certification Program is a free professional development program that recognizes pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and changemakers. These educators are part of a powerful movement to make the world a better place by empowering students to be informed decision-makers equipped to solve meaningful challenges in their communities and beyond. Don’t just teach students about the world, teach them how to change it!  This session will be delivered by Canadian Geographic Education, National Geographic’s Canadian counterpart, and is grounded in education standards and competencies relevant to geography, science, art, history and social science. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, and will be connected with National Geographic for the completion of Phases 2 and 3 post-conference.
Sara Cohan Difficult Decisions in Uncertain Times: Hope and Agency during the Armenian Genocide People who do remarkable work are often ordinary people.  Examples of  upstanders can help students develop a sense of agency in difficult times. Today’s uncertainty and instability provide an opportunity to teach about the profound transformative power of hope and agency – taking individual and cooperative action to affect positive change.nLearn to teach about the Armenian Genocide, while providing students examples of personal choices made by ordinary people that students can relate to their own lives. As our world is rapidly changing, we’ll also explore the concept of remembrance and its influential role in our personal and public lives.
Maureen Jack-LaCroix Empowering Students to Create Global Sustainability through Authentic Learning This workshop explores how to incorporate sustainability-related learning resources into curricula, while meeting Ministry guidelines. In this informative and interactive workshop, participants will explore pedagogical approaches and online learning resources to help students develop critical thinking skills and engage creatively in challenging global eco-social issues such as ecological sustainability, public health, food systems and climate change. Participants will share how they are addressing Core Competencies, Big Ideas, and Curricular Content, and how they have best harnessed technology and online platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft teams to deliver learning resources.
Find out how teacher-designed educational resources can help you fulfill the new Ministry guidelines while offering your students a broad range of sustainability-oriented topics. Explore various ways to use Student Leadership in Change (SLC) learning materials and resources to help your students interact, connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet, while understanding and integrating First Peoples Principles of Learning. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to share and exchange different ways they have engaged their students in real-world learning that helps students redefine their own relationship with our planet.
The SLC approach combines online research with local activities and personal actions can help your students connect global issues to local solutions, enabling and empowering them to experience personal agency. The SLC approach includes material that can support student inquiries around 21st century relevant topics applicable for middle and secondary school social studies such as: climate change, climate justice, environmental justice and sustainable consumption. This approach highlights the intersections between social and environmental issues, and helps students maintain a connection with the self, family, nature, and the greater community. From what you learn in this workshop, you will be more equipped to inspire students to engage critically with current global issues in their homes and communities, understand global issues, and respond with local actions, while meeting the new Ministry guidelines. SLC takes a solutions-oriented approach to empower students through learning about how they can be agents of change in their communities to support local climate change, sustainable consumption and more.
During the workshop, we will also take a look at online and in-classroom tools and strategies that you can use to teach sustainability topics, including climate change, while keeping students engaged, motivated, and empowered to make a difference.
Jean Tong / Susie Saliola Empower students to explore their world! Explore the free digital tool ArcGIS Online and resources for various grades and subjects. This workshop will explore free and curriculum-specific resources for ArcGIS Online mapping software across various grades and subjects within the British Columbia K-12 curriculum. With these resources, students can problem solve by asking relevant local and global questions, acquire and analyze relevant data, and communicate their findings through the use of maps. In this session, you will learn how to incorporate our resources and software into your teaching. 
Erin  Williams / Christine Paget Working with an Asian Perspective – continued support and resources development for teachers APF continues to develop and support ready-to-use resources for teachers who teach Asian Studies or who would like to incorporate Asian perspectives and histories in their classroom practice.  Open to everyone, all resources provided to teachers attending. The Asian Pacfic Foundation continues to develop ready-to-use resources for classroom teachers teaching the Saian Studies course, or who would like to incorporate more Asian Perspectives and Asian Histories into their curriculum. The resources are teacher developed, teacher reviewed, and teacher approved. They are ready to use and available in packages to all attending teachers. Come see how you can add even more diverse perspectives into your teaching!

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