2014 Calendar of Events

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March 14 - 16, 2014

WSCSS Lake Chelan Leadership Retreat
Civil Rights and the Common Good
Campbell's Resort - Chelan, WA

Keynote speakers:
• Dr. John Stokes, author of Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown and Me will describe being a plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, as we celebrate anniversary of this milestone decision.
• Dr. Errol Alexander, author of Dr. King And I, will share his personal experiences in the Civil Rights Movement as we consider how the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 60th of the Brown v. Board decision continue to be relevant today, particularly in the context of court rulings on the Voting Rights Act.

K-12 STUDY CANADA-Sponsored Session:
“Great Black North” & “Idle No More”: Teaching Canada in U.S. Social Studies Classrooms

Presenter: Paulette Thompson, a K-12 STUDY CANADA Teacher-Associate and Humanities (Social Studies and English Language Arts) and World Languages teacher at the Ida B. Wells School for Social Justice, a public high school on the UW-Seattle campus. The specific Date/Location/Time will be posted when the conference program is available.

Description: When Canadian local and national issues turn into global ones, they become teaching moments. Taking an integrated approach using Canadian literature and multimedia as text, we will examine and discuss the creation of “The Great Black North" from Africville in Nova Scotia to Hogan's Alley in Vancouver, B.C. Then we'll move on to the indigenous "Idle No More" movement that started a year ago and is spreading around the world.

Date/Location/Time: To be announced.

K-12 STUDY CANADA offers support to its teacher-associates for outreach performed on behalf of the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada. If interested in joining this network of outstanding educators, please visit https://www.k12studycanada.org/resources_teacher_associates.html or contact tina.storer@wwu.edu to learn more.


June 26 - July 1, 2014

2014 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators
A Capital View of Canada: Nations within a Nation
Westin Hotel (Ottawa, Ontario) and Hôtel Lord Berri (Montréal, Québec)

“STUDY CANADA” is a renowned 6-day professional development program that provides American teachers with an excellent foundation for teaching about our northern neighbor and our important relationship. For more than 35 years, educators from across the U.S. have participated in the workshop to learn about core social studies topics related to Canada—such as geography, history, government, and economics—from university faculty and other experts. Cultural components include a series of unique learning experiences that reflect the theme of diversity and multiculturalism and important outcomes include development of curricula that meets Common Core and state-based standards, gaining global perspectives of civic issues, and receiving numerous resources for classroom use.

  • Registration: Registration opens Nov. 1, 2013

  • Registration Cost: $600 (includes 3 WWU undergraduate quarter credits or 40 WA-State issued clock hours - or ‘neither’ if not needed – as well as classroom space, instruction, double-occupancy hotel lodging, all breakfasts, most activities and one-way coach transportation from Ottawa to Montréal. NB: Air transportation to Ottawa and from Montréal is not included. Click here for additional program details.

  • Accommodations: Hotel rooms at the Westin Ottawa have 2 double beds shared by 2 same-gendered participants unless a private room is requested (see below).

  • Supplemental Fees: If a private room is preferred, a $400 supplemental fee is required. If a non-registered individual joins you, a supplemental fee of $500 is required for accommodation, activities and RT Ottawa-Montréal transportation.

  • Teachers Awards: Some travel awards are expected to be available – Application forms and rules to be posted online.

Contact tina.storer@wwu.edu or call 360-650-7370 with any questions/concerns.

Sponsored by: U.S. Department of Education, Université du Quebec à Montréal, and others TBA.