2014 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators

A Capital View of Canada: Nations within a Nation

June 26 - July 1, 2014 in Ottawa, ON (3N) and Montréal QC (2N)

What did 2012 participants think about "STUDY CANADA"?
"I have participated in many professional development programs, both in the U.S. and around the world, and this is by far the best program! I enjoyed STUDY CANADA every single day and learned more than I could have imagined. I have also been inspired to teach it extensively in my classes." - John Baldridge (Oklahoma City, OK)

Information about the Annual STUDY CANADA Summer Institute


“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.

  • Earn 3 university quarter credits (C/AM 410 - WWU) or 40 clock hours as you learn about Canada, its capital, and the distinct cultures that have formed the second largest nation in the world - all within comfortable and unique classroom settings with presentations by university faculty (WWU, UW, U Ottawa, UQAM), government officials and tribal leaders.
  • Banish stereotypes while exploring Ottawa and Montréal, two of Canada's most historically important cities.
  • Witness parliamentary democracy with special sessions in the Parliament Buildings and learn about the importance of Canada-US relations at the US Embassy. History will come alive at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and during customized tours in Ottawa and Old Montréal.
  • Develop a lesson plan on Canada that meets NCSS/state standards, gain tools to create a PowerPoint presentation on Canada suitable for your students/colleagues and perhaps even become a K-12 STUDY CANADA Teacher Associate with NRC support in offering presentations about Canada in your region.
  • Receive multiple classroom materials that will help you improve curriculum connections to Canada.
  • Several travel awards will be available. Only registered participants can apply. Check back for updated information after November 1.

Registration Information

Registration Deadline: Registration opens November 1, 2013.

Registration Fee: $600 [NB: Full payment due with registration. This cost includes all course fees, hotel lodging, breakfasts, and some activities as well as one-way transportation from Ottawa to Montréal. Travel to Canada is not included. [NB: The program begins in Ottawa but ends in Montréal. Limited scholarships/travel awards will be available. Check back soon for updates.]


The Westin Ottawa and Hôtel Gouverneur rooms have 2 double beds shared by 2 same-gendered participants.

Supplemental Fees: If a private room is preferred, a $500 supplemental fee is required. If a non-registered companion joins you, a supplemental fee of $600 is required for accommodation, activities, and Ottawa-Montréal transportation.

Primary Sponsors: The U.S. Department of Education supports the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center for Canada (Western Washington University and the University of Washington) with funding from a Title VI Program Grant. Additional support is provided by l'Observatoire sur les états-Unis de la Chaire Raoul-Dandurand (UQAM.)

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