Virtual Learning Sessions for Teachers

Upcoming Session: "Democracy & Poetry: Youth Civic Voices"


​When: 9:00 - 11:30 am on Friday, October 22, 2021

Where: Zoom

Register: Here via MS Forms

Calling all elementary and secondary Socials and English teachers! In partnership with Elections Canada, the Legislative Assembly of BC is hosting a virtual professional development session on youth voices in democracy. First, Elections Canada will walk participants through teaching their lesson, "Civic Action: Then and Now," in which students analyze a model for active citizenship through historical case studies. Then, after connecting with the content, we will explore the form with SD 61 Socials and Spoken Language teacher, Brad Cunningham, as we engage with teaching these ideas through poetry, seeking to answer the questions:  How can you take action to make a difference? How can students engage with the democratic process and express themselves through art? How do you teach and assess poetry about political engagement?

For example, students may learn about different groups getting the right to vote provincially and then reflect on these histories by using a primary source to create blackout poetry, Or students may create a video of a spoken word piece about the history of petitions and share it with their local MLA.

This is a tremendous opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the province to co-create cross-curricular lessons and learning opportunities for your students!