The Manitoba Social Science Teachers’ Association
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To purchase a membership to MSSTA, please click here.

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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 donnaalexanderbh@gmail.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 jewishheritage@jhcwc.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 chaput@rcgs.org.

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 president@mssta.org 

I hope to see many of you at the AGM!
Sincerely,
Kevin


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.


MSSTA Objectives

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.
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Membership Benefits

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.

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