Embed National Geographic Geo-Inquiry into your social studies lessons!

This workshop will guide participants through National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry process so that teachers will be able to embed geographical thinking into their classrooms. Participants will also learn about free online courses available through National Geographic Education.  Additionally, participants will be guided through the numerous resources available from Canadian Geographic Education. Teachers will learn about exciting opportunities for classrooms – the Classroom Energy Diet, Canada’s Coolest Trip and the Canadian Geographic Challenge. These learning opportunities will engage and energize students and foster a love of geography.

The workshop will provide each participant with ready to use, highly engaging and well supported lessons and activities for K-12 classrooms. These lessons will be “ready to use Monday morning!” Workshop participants will receive many free resources from Canadian Geographic Education.

Target Audience



Friday 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Room 220

This session is full.


  • Janet Ruest

    Janet is a retired Geography, History and Law teacher.  She is the BC representative for Canadian Geographic Education and has completed the National Geographic Certification and Geo-Inquiry courses.  Janet attended the 2019 Summer Institute presented by National Geographic.  Janet has many professional experiences including conference presentations, being a member of Ministry of Education committees, contributing writer and reviewer for Social Studies textbooks.

    In 2017 Janet Ruest was awarded a Governor General’s History Award and a Certificate of Achievement from the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.  In 2016 she was selected to tour Germany as a Transatlantic Outreach Program Fellow.  In 2015, Janet was honoured to be named a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.  She travelled to the Galapagos Islands for her expedition experience.  Also in 2015, Janet received the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Innovation in Teaching Award for her dedication to geographic literacy.  Ruest participated in the 2011 Teachers Institute for Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa.