New Resource for Teachers: Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association

Byron Stevenson (Instructional Leader – Toronto District School Board – West Region) has shared a new website created by the Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association (OESSTA).

“OESSTA (Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association) is composed of teachers and educators from public and Catholic School Boards, private institutions and faculties of education. We have members from different regions in the province. Our goal is to support educators who teach Social Studies (grades 1-6) and Geography and History (grades 7&8).”

“The resources on the OESSTA webpage are designed to support job-embedded professional learning for teachers using evidence–based instructional strategies and practices that improve student achievement and support the development of informed citizens (e.g. problem-based global learning, higher order thinking skills, communication, use of disciplinary thinking, spatial skills.)

The webpage is:

  • A site where educators can connect with colleagues who have similar interests, challenges and/or questions about the implementation of the Ontario Social Studies/History/Geography Curriculum.
  • A site where educators can share ideas, resources and/or ask questions about SSHG document.
  • A site where educators can exchange ideas and suggestions regarding planning, implementation and assessment of the Ontario curriculum.”

I encourage you to visit this excellent new resource at:

Women’s History Webinar Series

From September to early December Canada’s History will host education- and community-based webinars inspired by Canadian women’s history.

The 2015 fall webinar series will include a variety of topics in Canadian women’s history. We hope to start a conversation leading into the 8th Canada’s History Forum: Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, and continue the conversation as we move towards celebrations in 2016. Join us in listening to these phenomenal presenters speak about prominent figures, moments, and places in Canada’s women’s history, as well as what has influenced the teaching of women’s history in the classroom and what it looks like today.

See here for more details, include a description of each webinar.

New resource: Exploring the Explorers

Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada offers a new resource called Exploring the Explorers:

“While designed as a tool for history and social science teachers, Exploring the Explorers also provides numerous suggestions for cross-curricular activities, including lesson ideas for geography, language arts, French as a second language, music, visual arts, health and physical education, science, and mathematics.”

Teaching resources can be downloaded from their website at

Please share this information with those in your area who may be interested in accessing these new resources.