BC Social Studies Teachers' Association

2020 BCSSTA Conference

 October 23, 2020
Friday October 23, 2020
Our Conference Theme this year is:

Exploration:  Redefining Humanity’s Relationship with Planet Earth 


 Workshop Proposals 

DEADLINE August 1st 2020.


Potential Sponsors should contact Greg Neumann 

The BCSSTA is proud to announce our Keynote speaker for 2020: 


Jill Heinerth

Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth has seen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. In her remarkable presentations, Jill encourages audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears, while applying her practical experience when it comes to lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies.


Named the first Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2016, Jill’s other many accolades include induction into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. She received the Wyland ICON Award, an honor she shares with several of her underwater heroes including Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard and Dr. Sylvia Earle. She was named a “Living Legend” by Sport Diver Magazine and selected as Scuba Diving magazine’s “Sea Hero of the Year 2012.”


In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was also awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2013, the medal recognizes singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding Canadian explorer.

Detours: Social Science Education Research Journal    https://www.detoursjournal.org/ 

(Detours) is the official journal of the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers Association (BCSSTA) in partnership with the British Columbia Librarians Association (BCLA) and the British Columbia Teacher's Federation (BCTF). Detours provides a multidisciplinary forum for Social Science research, practice, and areas of interest in educational settings.  The aim of the journal is to foster and support dialogue between practitioners and researchers, provide articles of general interest to teachers, offer a platform for researchers to connect with teachers and for teachers to augment professional development with research.