Meet the new Elections Canada suite of free, bilingual, inquiry-based learning activities! Participants will explore new classroom-ready activities: Does Voting Matter?, Voting Rights Through Time, Elections by the Numbers, Civic Action, Then and Now, and more. All of the activities for students are hands-on, inquiry-based, take only one class period, use disciplinary thinking concepts, and are designed to engage students in civic discourse and active citizenship. These resources have been piloted in schools across the country, and have been developed in collaboration with Canadian educators to fit your needs for high-quality, well-researched, non-partisan, inquiry-based materials. Participants will experience some of the activities in this workshop, and there will be time for discussion with colleagues about how and when they might be used in your history or civics classroom.
Participants will not only learn about the new suite of Civic Education resources developed by Elections Canada, but they will also explore bite-sized, inquiry-based activities. This workshop aims to support teachers in moving to inquiry learning, and model how to support civic discourse among students and cover curriculum topics in more engaging ways. Historical and political thinking are prominent, and teachers will deepen their understanding of disciplinary thinking.
Grade 9 to 12
Rachel Collishaw has been teaching for over 20 years at the secondary level, she has been an instructional coach and curriculum lead in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She is a recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work with Historical Thinking Concepts in her history classes. She is an author of several inquiry-based textbooks and learning resources. She is currently seconded to Elections Canada, where she is a Senior Education Specialist, developing civic education resources and delivering professional learning. She is also president of the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers’ Association (OHASSTA) and a mother of two young adults. While she grew up on Algonquin territory (Ottawa), she has lived in Europe and started her teaching career in New Zealand. She draws inspiration from the land, her family, her colleagues and her students.