The climate crisis and connected issues of local and global sustainability are critical topics for social studies classrooms. We will use interactive activities to explore how students can inquire into climate history and take action in their communities. Participants will be invited to share how they are approaching climate and environmental education in their local contexts, and we will share the work of the international Teach Climate History collective, which supports “Education in the Anthropocene” for social studies and history teachers.
Tom Morton taught for more than thirty years in Sierra Leone, Montreal and Vancouver. He authored teaching guides – notably with Peter Seixas The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts, and textbooks. He is the recipient of the Social Studies Teachers’ Association Teacher of the Year award, the Kron Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education, and the Governor-General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Tom is now retired but volunteers in schools for the Heritage Fairs program and serves on the steering committee of the international Teaching Climate History.
Glen's first career path led through the sub-boreal woods of northern BC and Alberta as an ecosystem geographer. After he had learned enough about bears, barbs, and bruises, he fell back on Plan A and enrolled in teacher training in 1995. After that, he has taught Social Studies, Geography, and English Language Arts in Prince George secondary schools for 22 years, and has been involved in diverse aspects of local and provincial curriculum, instruction, and leadership, including many years as the PGDTA Professional Development, a BCTF Workshop Facilitator, and a director of the Pacific Slope Consortium.
For his work with secondary students, Glen has received a variety of History and Geography awards and grants, including a Governor-General's History Teachers' Award in 2017 for innovative heritage inquiry, and the Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers' teaching excellence award in 2018. With other Social Studies teachers, he authored a 2018 sourcebook for historical and geographical thinking, now in use across BC in Social Studies 9 classrooms.
Glen has worked in the UNBC School of Education as a sessional instructor, practicum mentor, and now as lecturer. He supports teacher candidates in their practica and teaches curriculum and instruction courses, primarily in the Humanities.
In 2019, Glen began a PhD in UNBC's Natural Resources and Environmental Studies program, with a research focus on Geography education and place-responsive pedagogy. The start of his work as lecturer in the UNBC School of Education coincided with a redesigned B.Ed program centered around People, Place, and Land, and a university-wide adaptation to teaching and learning during a global pandemic.