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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
MSSTA is very excited to announce that our October 22, 2021 PD Day will be a national, online event organized in collaboration with our partner organizations the Social Studies Educators Network of Canada (SSENC) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). The PD day will be part of a three day event occurring Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon. The theme of this year’s conference is “Inquiry, Equity, and Engagement”.
How do we provide a more inclusive curriculum? How are we engaging students in authentic inquiry? How are we responding to unprecedented challenges in education?
MSSTA and SSENC are currently seeking proposals from education leaders like you for our virtual conference. Join us this fall to collaborate and network across three provinces, we welcome teachers from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and beyond to submit proposals.
All live workshops will be presented on Friday, October 22nd. The deadline for proposals is June 30th.
This year we will be offering three different types of sessions to offer participants a quality online conference experience. Before you submit your proposal, please read the descriptions below, and select the format you feel is best to communicate your information to educators.
Session Option 1: Workshops (45 minutes)
Workshops are presented by one or two people on one topic related to the conference themes. Our members appreciate interactive presentations where they can participate and discuss in breakout rooms and use the material in the classroom right away.
Session Option 2: Roundtable (45 minutes)
This is a panel of at least three presenters on the same topic. When you propose a roundtable, you must submit a list of all presenters and a chairperson. Proposals where presenters bring different lenses or experiences are preferred. For example, educators from different provinces, grade levels, or roles (eg. consultant, academic, resource provider, etc.).
Session Option 3: Pre-recorded Sessions*
Pre-recorded sessions will be available before, after and throughout the conference for all attendees to view at any time. Sessions must be between 20 and 45 minutes long and related to the conference themes.
To submit a proposal, please click here!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
President – MSSTA
MSSTA Speaks: Journal Call
You are invited to submit to the Fall Issue of the Manitoba Social Studies Teachers’ Association (MSSTA) Journal.
Social studies educators are increasingly looking for ways to take their teaching outdoors. At the most basic level, teaching outside permits social distancing and provides time away from screens. However, more social studies educators are hoping to increase student connection with the land.
Following research done by the David Suzuki foundation, time outside can reduce stress, increase concentration and curiosity, and boost immunity. Beyond that, increased time outside builds connections to, and empathy for, the natural environment. Following Indigenous ways of knowing, this helps encourage understandings of interconnectedness. Many teachers are drawing on theories of place-based and/or land-based education. Through this issue, we hope to explore the ways in which social studies educators in Manitoba are using land and place to learn.
Educators can submit to any section of the journal:
- Pedagogy: scholarly writing connected to the issue theme. Writers should aim for 5-7 double-spaced pages. Submissions accepted in this section will serve as the anchor essay for the entire issue.
- Practice: class activities, lessons and/or unit plans.
- Professional Development: events, learning resources, books, podcasts, organizations including student groups
- Photos: If you have any photographs of Manitoba that you would like featured in the issue, we would love to include them.
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 15.
Please send your submissions as word documents.
Latest News & Updates from the President
From time to time, I receive various opportunities for social science teachers in the province. Many of you might get the same emails from elsewhere, but I figure I’d share a list of these opportunities with you!
1. Rotary Club of Winnipeg – Model United Nations Assembly
- I have personally been involved with MUNA for almost 20 years. Consistently, I believe that this is one of the best extra-curricular activities to be offered to students interested in social studies. This year, MUNA is going virtual! Please see the poster here, head to the MUNA website, or contact Donna Alexander at email@example.com.
2. Online workshop during Holodomor Awareness Week
- This online workshop on November 23 will introduce educators to two free resources to help teach students about the Holodomor. These lessons are ready to use and are classroom-ready. The Voices Into Action lesson, Exposing the Ukrainian Holodomor: How starvation was used as a political weapon is designed for grades 7-12. The Holodomor Education and Awareness Committee lesson, How a Grain of Wheat Linked Two Worlds has been designed for grade three and integrates outcomes from Health, Science, and Social Studies. This workshop will be recorded and will be posted on the STF (Sk Teachers’ Federation) site for teachers to access later. To register, please click here.
3. Virtual Chicken Farm Tour
- An opportunity to virtually tour a broiler chicken farm and introduce you to one of Manitoba Chicken Farmers own, Taylen. Taylen is a second-generation chicken farmer in southeastern Manitoba. You can find the tour here.
4. Jewish Heritage Centre
- The Jewish Heritage Centre has a variety of e-learning programs for virtual (in-class) and remote learning. There are videos of Holocaust survivors as well as interactive presentations. Please contact Belle Jarniewski at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
5. Canadian Geographic Teacher-focused Web Series
- Canadian Geographic Education is spearheading a new teacher-focused web series. The teacher series is a set of Q&As with teachers from across Canada to celebrate the interesting things teachers are doing in geographic education. The goal of the series is to highlight how geography is affecting the ways in which teachers are innovating and adapting education plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will recognize common challenges amongst teachers but also to feature how these challenges differ based on geographic location. It will be a resource that teachers can look to for advice or for innovative ways to adapt to the ever-changing environment of education. With teacher participation from across the country, the hope is that this series will resonate with the Can Geo Education network and demonstrate that teachers are currently facing numerous challenges but are going beyond in creative ways to ensure student learning continues. If you would be interested in taking part, please contact Michelle Chaput at email@example.com.
6. MSSTA AGM
- Finally, a reminder to sign up for the MSSTA AGM, which takes place on Monday, November 30 at 5pm. By participating in the AGM, you will be entered in a draw to win an iPad! You can register for the AGM here.
If there is anything that you would like me to share with members, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see many of you at the AGM!
Who We Are
The Manitoba Social Science Teachers’ Association is a non-profit organization run by members who volunteer their time year-round to make MSSTA a reality.
Most of our membership is composed of teachers, but we are fortunate to have members who are retired teachers, pre-service teachers, Department of Education consultants, museum professionals, and contributors/employees of popular national history and geography magazines.
The Manitoba Social Science Teachers’ Association has had over 50 years of working on behalf of its provincial membership. MSSTA will continue to do this by providing support, advocacy, awards, professional development, and active links to other social science and education groups.
We strive to ensure the Social Sciences continue to be a valuable and significant part of K-12 education in Manitoba for every student.
MSSTA membership is open to those with an interest in the promotion of Social Studies education in the province of Manitoba.
MSSTA provides its membership with the following benefits and services:
- Providing a periodic journal filled with useful articles covering various history and geography topics suitable for the Manitoba K-12 curriculum
- Providing the annual SAGE conference where we coordinate workshops, new materials, curriculum information, and a chance to network with many other K-12 Social Studies teachers from across Manitoba
- We offer financial assistance to programs which support Social Studies’ education and teacher development (including provincial programs, research, and scholarship/bursary awards – to see more, please click here)
- We promote teacher attendance at PD programs such as the Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy, The CCGE Summer Institutes, Canadian Battlefields of France – Juno Beach Centre Program
- We defend Social Studies’ place in education, and encourage members to be proactive in support of Social Studies in Manitoba
- We have active links with the Department of Education through MSSTA representatives’ membership on curriculum committees and consultants’ membership in MSSTA
- We have regular contact with universities through our board members.
- We establish links to other provincial social studies organizations
- We provide a website offering social studies teachers updated information about PD opportunities and information from MSSTA and external organizations.
Call for presenters! Would you like to present at our National conference in October? Visit docs.google.com/forms/d/1YSkQr… for more info!