Communicating through stories is one of the most effect ways to teach and learn about social justice. In this workshop, teachers will work to understand their story and the stories of others within the context of power: patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism, etc. Through practice in small groups we will look at how to weave storytelling into our instructional practice for social justice subjects and topics that are found throughout the social studies curriculum across every grade level.
More than just a way to communicate, sharing stories from places of authenticity and humility can connect people across political, ideological, or identity-driven divides. Stories can help us understand how we change, and how to learn and grow from our mistakes as the world evolves. These are things both we and our students need today as much as ever.
Workshop participants will leave with ideas and materials they can use in their classrooms the next day.
Middle and Secondary teachers
Ryan Cho teaches Social Studies and Music at Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam where he is also a co-sponsor of the Terry Fox SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) student group. He is former Co-Chair the BCTF Committee for Action on Social Justice and sat on the Anti-Poverty and Anti-Racism advisory committees. He is the author of the CCPA's Climate Justice Curriculum and the was responsible for the 2018 redesign of the BCTF's Show Racism the Red Card Curriculum Resource. In 2018 he won the BC Premier's Award for Excellence in Education for Social Equity. He's also a straight, cis, second generation Chinese Canadian settler and likes cheese.