2017 Calendar of Events

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February 28, 2017

New Frontiers: Contested Claims in Arctic Exploration
A Global Classroom Workshop
4:30-7:30 PM
Lakeside School
14050 1st Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125

The Arctic is a new frontier in foreign policy with coinciding political, military, economic, social, and environmental pressures. Explore emerging interests in the Arctic and learn more about what’s at stake by joining us for this global classroom workshop.

Presenters include:
• Dr. Nadine Fabbi, Managing Director of the Canadian Studies Center and Arctic and International Relations, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, UW
• Dr. Vincent Gallucci, Arctic Relations Chair, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, UW
• Ms. Harkiran Rajasansi, Consul for Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, Consulate General of Canada, Seattle
• Ms. Eileen Hynes, National Geographic Fellow in the Arctic, Director of Thematic Studies, Lake and Park School, Seattle

Details and a link to registration are available at: world-affairs.org/calendarevent/new-frontiers-contested-claims-arctic-exploration.

Note: Registration is FREE to K-12 students, and open to all community members. A $30 global classroom registration fee for teachers includes 3 OSPI clock hours and curricular resource packets. Light meal and refreshments will be available.

The World Affairs Council (Seattle), in partnership with the Canadian Studies Center and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.


March 3 - 5, 2017

WSCSS Spring Conference & Leadership Retreat
Theme: Advocacy and Allieship
Campbell's Resort - 104 W. Woodin Avenue
Lake Chelan, WA 98816

Come to Campbell's Resort in Lake Chelan prepared to make a difference!

Keynote speakers will discuss historical and current issues that highlight courageous actions by those who stand with and for others, like Carl Wilkins (the only American to remain in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994). Breakout sessions will deepen your content knowledge in civil and human rights issues (past and present) and meaningful ways to encourage allyship and advocacy in youth.

Be sure to attend the session by Mary Cingcade, 4th grade teacher at Hazelwood Elementary in Edmonds School District:

"A Sea of Change for the Inuit People in Canada and the Arctic" (Level: Upper Elementary)

Develop your students’ appreciation and understanding of how early Inuit--indigenous people of the Arctic--skillfully used resources from the Arctic tundra and ocean to meet their needs for clothing, shelter, transportation, and food. In this 3rd-4th grade unit modeled on the CBA Humans and the Environment, students use data sets and their own research to teach one another about aspects of early Inuit life. Integrating social studies and literacy, the second part of the unit brings students up to the present as they grapple with current issues like the effects of global warming on the Arctic, and Inuit people’s global fight for cultural survival as a human right.

Visit http://www.wscss.org/chelan-conference-and-retreat to learn more about the program and keynote speakers, to submit a proposal, and to register.


June 26 - 30, 2017

Across the Salish Sea: Canada-US Connections in the Pacific Northwest
Starting at the Edgewater Hotel, Pier 67, Seattle, WA
Ending at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC

The U.S. today faces unprecedented demand for globally competent citizens and professionals. To this end, the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada offers the STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators annually to provide American educators with an excellent foundation for teaching about our vital political, economic, environmental and cultural relationships with Canada. For almost 40 years, teachers from every state have learned about core social studies topics related to Canada—such as geography, history, government, and economics—from university faculty and other experts. Important outcomes have always included gaining global perspectives of civic issues, receiving numerous resources for classroom use, and developing curricula that meet Common Core, C3 and state standards. Since 2015, a unique two-nation agenda was developed to highlight the ties that bind the US and Canada as cultural cousins, political neighbors, environmental stewards of the continent, and as trade partners with strong ties to Pacific Rim nations.

$650 registration fee includes a choice of 3 WWU undergraduate quarter credits (C/AM 410) or 40 WA State-issued clock hours, 4 nights’ accommodation at iconic hotels, 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner plus one-way ferry transit across the Salish Sea.

Witness history and trans-border cultural connections come to life during special activities in both Seattle and Victoria.

Participate in a series of core content sessions in Seattle and benefit from experiential learning opportunities in Victoria.

Gain tools to create your own PowerPoint presentation on Canada suitable for students – or even colleagues if interested in becoming a K-12 STUDY CANADA Teacher Associate with NRC support for regional presentations.

Receive multiple classroom materials that will help you improve curriculum connections to Canada.

Apply for a $250 travel award, if eligible. Information and eligibility rules are posted at www.k12studycanada.org/scsi.html

Develop a standards-based lesson plan for posting online – required if earning credit or receiving travel support.

Visit www.k12studycanada.org/scsi.html to learn more and to register. Registration opens November 1, 2016.

Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University, and Canadian Studies Center, Jackson School for International Studies, University of Washington


November 15 - 19, 2017

97th NCSS Annual Conference
Expanding Visions/Bridging Traditions
Moscone West
800 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s rich history and vibrant neighborhoods come alive at the 97th NCSS Annual Conference, November 17-19, 2017. Join NCSS in its first return to the Bay Area in more than 30 years for the world’s largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference.

More than 3,000 of your social studies colleagues will share the most current knowledge, ideas, research and expertise in social studies education. Come and experience the history, culture, and color that are uniquely San Francisco.

The National Resource Centers on Canada will have free resources available in the Exhibit Hall's International Alley and a list of sessions and special events relating to teaching Canada will be posted in the fall. Be sure to join us for the NCSS Canada Community meeting, too.

See you in San Francisco!

NCSS and Affiliated Groups. Note that November 15-16 dates represent pre-conference meetings and events being held in association with the conference. The main conference meeting dates are November 17-19.