History Matters: Historical Thinking in K – 16

On Feb. 19th, 2016, UFV’s Teacher Education Department and UFV’s History Department collaborated with local school teachers to put on a professional development day for secondary history teachers and history faculty in the Fraser Valley. Karen Saenger and Lori Caviggia from the Abbotsford school district; Stefan Stipp from the Surrey school district; Sheryl MacMath from the Teacher Education Department; and Chris Leach, Robin Anderson, Adrianna Bakos, Larissa Horne, and Scott Sheffield from the History Department developed six workshops focused on historical thinking, a key component of the new curriculum being implemented in schools across the province. Nicole Kungle, Suki Grewal, and volunteer history students provided administrative support for this event, taking place in the new Student Union Building. Lorna Andrews, Director of the Indigenous Student Centre, opened the event with a recognition of territory. She then co-presented a session on Responsible Indigenization. It was exciting to examine the connections and differences between history taught in secondary schools and history as it is taught at the university level. With our over 120 participants, the event was a huge success with attendees commenting on how this was the “best ProD I’ve had in the last 5 years.” Both departments covered costs for current students to attend free of charge to maximize benefits for our UFV students. This history matters professional development day demonstrates the value of working collaboratively with our local communities. We look forward to implementing future workshops with our Fraser Valley school districts.


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