BC Social Studies Teachers' Association

2021 BCSSTA Conference

 October 22, 2021
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BC Social Studies Teachers Professional Development Conference (On-line)

Friday October 22nd 2021


In this time of physical distancing and isolation we have experienced the power of narrative when it comes to maintaining healthy social connections and learning. This conference will be focused on how we can use narrative in our teaching of all 'social studies topics'.


KEYNOTE: Leah-Simone Bowen, co-host of The Secret Life of Canada podcast


Leah-Simone Bowen is the co-host and creator of the irreverent history podcast, The Secret Life of Canada. Debuting in August 2017, it rose to the top of the iTunes charts, amassed critical acclaim and millions of downloads. In 2019, it would become the first independently created podcast to be picked up by CBC. The show highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn't make it into your high school textbook. Along with her co-host host Falen Johnson, Leah explores the unauthorized history of a complicated country.  Several of the episodes now have companion study guides created by a team of teachers and are being used in classrooms across the country.

As a writer, her work has been featured in The Canadian Theatre Review, CBC Arts and The National Post. Her plays include The Hallway, and The Flood, which was published by Playwright’s Canada Press. She has been the playwright-in-residence at The Banff Centre, the National Arts Centre and The Stratford Festival of Canada. Over the course of her career, Leah has worked as an educator, a producer, a director and an improviser with Second City Toronto as well as attending
 many conferences and festivals as a  featured speaker and panelist. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Films studies from the University of Alberta and is currently finishing her M.A. in Theatre & Performance Studies from York University. Continuing her love of history and storytelling, Leah has spent the last five years adapting Scott Joplin's “Treemonisha”. Published in 1911, the work by the ragtime composer is thought to be the first Black opera ever created. “Treemonisha” will premier at the Washington Centre for the Performing arts in 2022 and then will tour across the United States including performances at New York’s iconic Apollo Theatre. Leah is based in Toronto and is originally from Alberta.


We have three categories planned:

Speaker presenters - professionals sharing their ways of using narrative in education

Virtual tours - virtual tours of museums and historical sites

Traditional Pro-D Workshops - presentations of resources and plans for use in the classroom

We have closed presenter applications. We will be notifying presenters shortly and opening registrations soon after that. Stay Tuned and hope your last few days of summer break are stress free.