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Conference 2018

THE BCSSTA’S ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Friday October 19, 2018

Vancouver Technical Secondary

                                Our Conference Theme this year is

Building a Better Tomorrow: Acting Now for a Brighter Future

PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION: https://bcsstaconference.ca/!

 Workshop Proposals, Exhibitors and Sponsors: Apply here!

Brought to you in partnership with the Peace and Global Educators PSA 

The BCSSTA is proud to announce our Keynote speaker for 2018:

                            NAOMI KLEIN

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Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000).

No Is Not Enough was an instant New York Times bestseller, debuting at #2 on the Nonfiction list, and is being translated into over 15 languages. It was longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award for Non Fiction in the US. This Changes Everything won the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, was an Observer ‘Book of the Year,’ and a New York Times Book Review ‘100 Notable Books of the Year.’ The New York Times called it: “A book of such ambition and consequence that it is almost unreviewable … the most momentous and contentious environmental book since ‘Silent Spring.’” The Shock Doctrine was published worldwide in 2007 and translated into over 25 languages. It won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the Year. Rachel Maddow called The Shock Doctrine, “The only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read.” Naomi Klein’s first book No Logo was translated into over 30 languages with more than a million copies in print. The New York Times called it “a movement bible.” In 2016, The Guardian picked No Logo as one of the Top 100 Non Fiction books of all time. Time Magazine named it one of the Top 100 Non-Fiction books published since 1923.

Since This Changes Everything was published, Klein’s focus has been on putting its ideas into action. She is one of the organizers and authors of Canada’s Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels. The Leap has been endorsed by over 200 organizations, tens of thousands of individuals, and has inspired similar climate justice initiatives around the world. Klein is a member of the board of directors for climate-action group 350.org. In 2015, she was invited to speak at the Vatican to help launch Pope Francis’s historic encyclical on ecology, Laudato si’.

Klein is the Senior Correspondent for The Intercept. She is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow of The Nation Institute and contributor to the Nation Magazine. Recent articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, Harper’s Bazaar, and Le Monde.

In 2016 she was awarded Australia’s prestigious Sydney Peace Prize, for, according to the prize jury, “exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis, for inspiring us to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality, and for reminding us of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice.”

Her most recent book, The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists (2018) was reprinted from her feature article for The Intercept with all royalties donated to JunteGente, a gathering of Puerto Rican organizations resisting disaster capitalism and advancing a fair and healthy recovery for their island. http://juntegente.org

In September 2018, she was named the inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair for Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ).

“This Changes Everything is a work of startling force, exhaustive reporting, and telling anecdote.”

— The Globe and Mail

“Consider this book a warning shot to the status quo, and a companion for those that see themselves as part of what promises to be the world’s next big social movement.”

— National Post

NOTICE: PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT!

On Thursday, October 18th, at 6:30pm, Vancity Theatre will be screening Naomi Klein’s environmental documentary, “This Changes Everything.”

In partnership with the Peace and Global Education Action Group (PAGE), this is a special event before Klein’s keynote address at the BCSSTA’s Pro-D Conference on Friday morning, 9am.

For information on tickets check out VIFF’s website for the screening:

https://www.viff.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=fc9859-this-changes-everything

For those interested in seeing the movie before the conference, check out this trailer for the show:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQhflH4alO0

VIFF’s Description:

Naomi Klein (Shock Doctrine) has risen to prominence around the world as one of Canada’s most forceful and relevant public intellectuals. Her cogent call to direct action has inspired youth and helped chart roadmaps for social progressives and environmentalists. Yet, it’s also worried those who believe that her critique of capitalism plays into the hands of right-wingers who think climate change is a socialist plot.

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed over 211 days in nine countries on five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Inspired by Klein’s international nonfiction bestseller This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Provocative, compelling and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers,This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the centre of it all.

“An essential documentary…” Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

 

 Friday October 19 Conference Day Schedule at Van Tech Secondary:

TIME ACTIVITIY LOCATION
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 Naomi Klein Keynote Main Auditorium
10:00 – 10:30am Movement to Workshops & Book Signing with Naomi Klein Exhibitor Hall and Classrooms
10:30 – 12:00pm Morning Workshop Sessions Classrooms
12:00pm -1:15pm Lunch & AGM Cafeteria, Staff Cafeteria (AGM) and Exhibitor Hall
1:15pm –   2:45pm Afternoon Workshop Sessions Classrooms
2:50pm – 3:00pm Closing and Prize Draw Main Auditorium
Apres Social

 

Workshops:

MORNING 10:30am-12:00PM

TITLE DESCRIPTION PRESENTER ROOM
The Power of Observation:  A classroom unit on documenting environmental change using the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network Exciting educational collaboration between schools, communities and scientists that links socials studies to environmental change. Tracey  Murphy  / Tom  Okey 412
20th Century World History 12 – New Curriculum A look at units using the Big Ideas, Curriculum Competencies, and Content of the course. Randy Matheson 415
Applying Critical Thinking to Doing Good An introduction to Students for High-Impact Charity’s classroom workshop, empowering student action. David Vatousios 414
Bringing Students to the Front Lines: Ethical Local and Global Opportunities for Students and Teachers This workshop will explore how teachers can bring students to the front lines of social justice and global citizenship through innovative programming Craig Vandermeer / Mercedes Fenyo 408
Building Legally Capable Students Learn how to engage students to become more legally capable for a better tomorrow Marc  Legacy 409
Co-creating Second World War Classroom Activities We Can Do It! Participate in a collaborative workshop facilitated by the Canadian War Museum. Sandra O’Quinn 407
Data Literacy in Social Studies Education: Engaging Secondary School Students in Learning with and Representing Data Learning with and representing data in social studies education Engida Gebre / Esteban  Morales/ Dale Martelli 413
Empowering Sustainability Leadership in your Classroom In this fun, interactive workshop, participants will explore new and exciting pedagogical and curricular tools that will engage students in inquiry-based sustainability education such as Climate Change while addressing Core Competencies, Big Ideas, and Curricular Competencies and Content. Michael  Iachetta 221

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lab

Exploring Race and Gender In Your Classroom: Facilitating Dialogue (not debate) & Moving People Forward Have more meaningful conversations with people who you think you would have conflict with, or disagree with. Ryan Cho 404
Exploring the Ethics of Medieval Chivalry through Swordplay: Historical lessons in Personal/Social Awareness A look at medieval chivalric ethics through hands on swordplay and manuscript study. Aaron Lamontagne 306
Good jobs, bad jobs…no jobs? Developing students’ interdisciplinary thinking skills on and for the future of work. This workshop introduces Social Studies 12 teachers to ideas for using issues relating to work, workers and labour markets to help students develop critical thinking skills and successfully develop core competencies of Communication, Thinking and Personal and Social skills in an integrated way. Kendra  Strauss / Dr Bethany Hastie 411
Hate is on the Rise:  Social media, Fake News, and Combating Intolerance Investigation of online hate and fake news along with reliable fact-finding methodologies for responsible research. Jodi Derkson 406
Making History Meaningful: the Power of Narrative and Historical Thinking Explore new resources and strategies to harness the glorious power of stories to historical thinking. Tom Morton Band

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Mapping Democracy with CPAC Route 338 Cancelled
Museum in the Classroom: Primary Sources from the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre Collections Learn about tools to engage with primary sources in the classroom through the VHEC Collections website. Caitlin  Donaldson / Ilona Shulman Spaar 219
Oceanography, Climatology, and Meteorology for Social Studies classes What is El Nino & La Nina and how can you teach it in Social Studies? Andrew Young 403
People make choices. Choices make History: Engaging Students in Choosing to Participate Learn resources, strategies and a curriculum structure that engages students in choosing to participate Jasmine Wong 308
Political Studies 12 in the new social studies curriculum: Approaches, Tools and Ideas. Perspectives on how to teach Political Studies 12, as seen from post-secondary political scientists. Conrad King 307
Solidarity 1983 – Then and Now Cancelled
Teaching Social Studies Warts and All Beyond Blame and Shame to Constructive Action This federally sponsored project uses ethical and historical perspectives to move towards a better world. John Myers 305
The High Noon of History? The Challenges of Leadership  in a Changing World How to make sense of the shift away from the established international system and the stability it has provided, to a possible end of an era. Human rights, ethics, change/continuity and the place of Canadians will be touched on. George Somerwill / Deirdre Moore 309
The Case for Proportional Representation Seth Klein will give a talk on why we need to change our electoral system, he will walk participants through what is on the referendum ballot and explain the three options for a new system, and he will debunk common arguments from the No side. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. For those planning to run mock referenda in their schools, this workshop will provide valuable background. Seth Klein Library

 

AFTERNOON 1:15- 2:45

The Power of Observation:  A classroom unit on documenting environmental change using the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network Exciting educational collaboration between schools, communities and scientists that links socials studies to environmental change. Tracey  Murphy  / Tom  Okey 412
Asian Studies Classroom-Ready Resources Classroom-Ready Resources on Asian History, Culture, and Geographic themes.  Includes detailed background reading for teachers, interactive and visual powerpoint presentation, and activities and assessments in-line with the new curriculum! Christine Paget / Erin Williams 404
Co-creating Second World War Classroom Activities We Can Do It! Participate in a collaborative workshop facilitated by the Canadian War Museum. Sandra O’Quinn 407
Design Thinking for Social Studies teachers Creative and collaborative models for professional development, curriculum design, and student workflow. Glen Thielmann Library
Developing Humanitarian Thinkers:  Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Exploring Humanitarian Law is a powerful resource to help students understand war and human suffering. Danielle  Zagar / Joanne Abshire 406
Economics 12 – Thoughts on the New Curriculum Curriculum competencies, content, and activity ideas for use in the new Economics 12 curriculum. Randy Matheson 415
Empowering Sustainability Leadership in your Classroom In this fun, interactive workshop, participants will explore new and exciting pedagogical and curricular tools that will engage students in inquiry-based sustainability education such as Climate Change while addressing Core Competencies, Big Ideas, and Curricular Competencies and Content. Michael  Iachetta 221 computer lab
Enhancing Social Studies through Youth Exchanges Reciprocal exchanges are an opportunity for youth to build confidence, skills, and a strong connection to Canada. Sandrine Thabet 411
Free (or almost free) Voting and Democracy-themed Tools and Resources for Teachers  Learn about voting and democracy-themed resources during a panel discussion and hands-on workshop. Melanie Callas / Kim Gough / Luba Lisun 414
Genius Hour 101 – How to implement Inquiry Based Learning in your classroom Do you know what Genius Hour is???  Do you want to know how to set it up in your class?  If so, this session is for you.  In this session, I will explain how I implemented GH in my Sciences Humanities 11 (Socials 11) class and share resources in both French and English. Julie Anne Mainville 403
Hidden Children, Identity and the Holocaust: how to teach a unit of study on the Holocaust using the stories of hidden children Overview of a new Holocaust education resource based on published and digitally-accessible survivor stories Stephanie Corazza 219
Indigenous Peoples Giant Floor Map of Canada – Ready to go lessons and activities. Participate in lessons and activities for the newly created Indigenous Peoples Atlas and giant floor map. Janet Ruest 801

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Integrating Critical Thinking in the classroom: An SFU initiative to support teachers This workshop will present the proposed creation of an institute devoted to supporting students, teachers, and other education stakeholders in giving a more central place to critical thinking. Nic Fillion / Dale Martelli 413
Introducing East End Stories: Community History in Strathcona An interactive session showcasing East End Stories, a new film / online exhibit exploring immigration, settlement, and the struggle to maintain of cultural identity. Michael Schwartz / Kate Knapp 317
Making History Meaningful: the Power of Narrative and Historical Thinking Explore new resources and strategies to harness the glorious power of stories to historical thinking. Tom Morton Band room
Meet the new Elections Canada suite of resources Participants will explore new free, bilingual, inquiry-based learning activities! Rachel Collishaw 308
New Resources for Teaching Law: Grades 5-12 Speakers Bureau: Book justice professionals for your class.
SocialStudiesBC.ca: Teaching resources aligned to the curriculum.
Dave Nolette 409
Conrad King workshop cancelled
SFU History Department: Everything you need to know to apply for an MA program Luke Clossey / Jeremy Brown 309
Solidarity 1983 – Then and Now The Solidarity Movement in BC in 1983 – What happened and what can we learn from the experience? Ken Novakowski / Marcia Toms 418
Teaching Social Studies Warts and All Beyond Blame and Shame to Constructive Action This federally sponsored project uses ethical and historical perspectives to move towards a better world. John Myers 305
Globally Themed Pro-D for BC’s Educators: Resources and Strategies for the New Curriculum A workshop dedicated to providing access to globally themed pro-d opportunities and resources covering BC’s new curriculum Craig Vandermeer / Danielle Zagar 408

SPECIAL AFTERNOON WALKING TOUR 1PM-3PM

Teaching the History and Experiences of Working People in BC Discover the resources of the Labour Heritage Project to enhance the teaching of BC history in your Social Studies classroom. This workshop will focus on the new BC Labour History Walking tour app that will bring history alive on the streets of Vancouver. Wayne Axford / Bailey Garden Library

 

And, of course, we can’t forget the epic lunch menu.  Please note only vegetarian diets will be accommodated.  Please be aware that if you have allergies or specific preferences, there will be no individual accommodations.

 

MENU BCSSTA OCT 19, 2018

 

ORGANIC GREEN SALAD with SKINLESS TOMATOES, AVOCADO & RED ONION VINIAGRETTE

 

ROASTED BROCCOLI & CAULIFLOWER

 

DAUPHINOISE POTATOES

 

HUNTER CHICKEN, MUSHROOMS & FRESH HERBS

 

MINI ÉCLAIR & MINI LEMON MERINGUE PIE

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS: A SURVERY FOR TEACHERS

About COP:

The annual ‘Conference of the Parties’ is a global forum for world leaders to convene to limit the effect of climate change. In 2015, countries signed the landmark Paris Agreement at COP 21, establishing a global commitment to limit average temperature increase to lower than 2 degrees Celsius, with an additional aspirational target of less than 1.5 degrees. Currently, we have caused roughly 1 degree of warming by most counts. While last year’s COP 23 in Bonn, Germany was largely focused on negotiating finer technical details following the Paris agreement, COP 24 is politically important; parties meet this year to ratify a rulebook that will satisfy the Paris Agreement targets. Youth play an important role at COP. Collectively, they are represented by YOUNGO, which provides a platform to get involved with the negotiations through speeches and side-events. See the following interactive guide for further information: https://bigpicture.unfccc.int/content/understanding-the-unfccc.html

About the survey:

The survey has been designed to gather a general overview of BC youth’s opinions of how climate change might affect them and their community. Beyond gathering an understanding of general opinions and anxiety about the effects of climate change, the survey results will help us understand how youth feel able to take action and the potential barriers to doing so in their communities. We also include several demographics questions. We will be collecting results in a report, as well as citing them in meetings with BC Environment Minister George Heyman and a variety of other Canadian envoys and negotiators. Around he world, youth are playing critical roles in advocating for a just and sustainable future – it’s important that despite the largely bleak reporting on climate, there is still a window for us come together to limit the damage; hope is not lost.

https://goo.gl/forms/tfxXxkUU02GwYpIn2

 

 

 

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