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Winter 2019 Issue

The quarterly newsletter from Study Canada K-12
US. Dept. of Education Title VI National Resource Center on Canada 

NCSS 2018
NCSS Chicago
Did we meet for the first time at NCSS Chicago? If so, welcome to the Study Canada K-12 community!

NCSS 2018 was so inspiring. Study Canada K-12  partnered with Betsy Arntzen and Amy Sotherden from Teaching Canada to bring Canada to NCSS. We presented a power session on selecting Indigenous children's literature, manned the Canada booth in International Alley, and we also hosted Dr. José Brandão as our Canada Community scholar. It was wonderful to meet so many creative and thoughtful educators and we are already looking forward to 2019 in Austin.

If you are a member of NCSS, how about joining out Canada Special Community? It is free with your NCSS membership and together we can bring great Canadian Sessions and scholars to NCSS in Austin, and beyond. Find instructions on how to join us - free - HERE. .

Read the North
Western Washington University is bringing back Canada Week! From March 4-8, Canada House will be presenting films, workshops and special guests to bring Canadian flavo(u)r to WWU.

Save the Date for the afternoon of Thursday, March 7th for a special Educators event called READ THE NORTH. We’ll have a large display of Canadian kids books and authors, Canadian snacks and take a trip to Western’s Library for a behind the scenes tour, a deep-dive into the CLIC collection and to sign up for the WhatOne card - which allows you access to the entire WWU Library collection and inter-library loans from across the nation. Discover local books, Coastal Indigenous authors and enter for giveaways. Add READ THE NORTH to your calendar HERE

WLA Conference
Speaking of Read the North, school librarian Paula Wittman of West Woodland Elementary School in Seattle was the winner of a Read the North mug drawing at the Washington Library Association conference. Study Canada K-12 presented a session called Beyond Borders about Indigenous children's literature and it was wonderful to meet librarians from all over Washington State at the conference in Yakima. Congratulations Paula!
Have you done a MOOC before? MOOC's are course offerings from universities from across the world that you can access for free, mostly through online modules and tools. It can be much easier to keep up with a MOOC when others are helping to keep you accountable so let's do one together! The University of British Columbia is offering a Reconciliation through Indigenous Education MOOC where you will "engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn and work". 
The course begins April 1st and you can Register now HERE. It's a six-week course and if you let me know you have signed up, I'll add you to our own personal Study Canada Group with reminders, US curriculum tie-in ideas, and further discussions. Let's do this together!
Study Canada 2019
Study Canada is coming! Our workshop this summer will serve as a transboundary introduction to Coast Salish people and history, designed to help Settler Teachers teach about Indigenous culture and history in their own areas. It will coincide with the 2019 Tribal Canoe journey and the final coming ashore on the Lummi Nation, near Bellingham.  Dates are July 24-28* and as details come together, we are collecting names of interested educators HERE to keep you personally updated for more details and when registration opens in March. This will be our last Study Canada until 2021, so sign up if you are interested in hearing more.

*dates subject to change as Tribal Canoe Journey plans are finalized
On the subject of Indigenous education, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation recently released a 1-hour documentary called "Beyond Beads and Bannock: Reconciliation through school curriculum and conversations with kids". Educators, Indigenous leaders (such as Study Canada favorite Jo Chrona) and kids weigh in on how the implementation of BC's Indigenous curriculum is going. A
fascinating listen which you can find HERE

The Canadian Children's Book Centre recently launched a Social Justice and Diversity Book Bank, full of recommended books on topics like LGBTQ+ rights, Immigration, Disability, Environmental Education and many others, all in one place. Books like:

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary
A perfect book to pair with Family and Communities units, it explores all the way a family can look different but still be the same in the way that matters most: love. Grade K-3.

Water's Children: Celebrating the Resource That Unites Us All by Angele Delaunois
Originally (and still available) in French, this book describes water from the point of view of 12 children around the world. Suitable for use with grade K-3. 

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale
This book presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José tries to reach the United States from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; and after losing his family, Mohamed abandons his village on the Ivory Coast in search of a new life. Grade 5-9.

From Far Away by Robert Munsch and Saossaun Askar
First published in 1995, From Far Away is more relevant today than it has ever been. This story is based on the real-life experience of Saoussan Askar, who emigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon when she was seven years old. While still in elementary school, Saoussan wrote to bestselling author Robert Munsch about her situation. Together, they turned her story into a book. This updated edition, with revised text including a note from Saoussan today and new illustrations to help students empathize with immigrant classmates and neighbors. Grade K-5.
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Study Canada has dipped a toe into the Social Media waters before but now we are ready to dive right in! Starting with the launch of this newsletter, we will be active on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and even Pinterest in an effort to meet you where your professional development happens online. Please join us there if you haven't already, we look forward to creating an active learning community. 

K-12 Study Canada
Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada: 
Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University
Canadian Studies Center, University of Washington

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