Teachers’ Day @ the Berks

View and download the program for Teachers’ Day @ the Berks.

Friday, May 23, 8:00-4:30
University College, University of Toronto
Hosted by the 2014 Toronto Berkshire Conference on the History of Women

Registration Fee is $60. To register click here

Co-sponsors of Teachers’ Day @ the Berks:
HerstoriesCafe; Department of Humanities, Mount Royal University; Heritage Toronto; Ontario Historical Society; Ontario Women’s History Network and University of Toronto Schools

8-9AM Welcome and Roundtable: Gender Issues and the School Curriculum in North America (University College, Room 328)

Chair: Myra Novogrodsky, Former Coordinator, Equity Studies Centre, Toronto District School Board

  • Rosemary Evans, Principal, University of Toronto Schools
  • Angela Terpstra, Principal of the Upper School, Bishop Strachan School
  • Margaret Crocco, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, Michigan State University

Coffee and Cookies will be served in UC328 at 9AM

9-10AM New Approaches to Teaching about War in the Classroom
(University College, Room 328)
Chair: Jane Errington, Royal Military College/Ontario Women’s History Network

  • “Teaching War in the History Classroom: Challenging the Dominant Combat Narrative,” Rose Fine-Meyer, OISE/University of Toronto
  • “More Than Just War Records: Love, lives, and Remembrance at the Archives of Ontario,” Samantha Cutrara, Senior Coordinator, Educational Programming/Exhibitions, Archives of Ontario
  • “Telling Her Story: BSS Graduates Serving Overseas in World War I ” (a student project using archival sources at The Bishop Strachan School and beyond), Rita Gravina, Head, Canadian, Business and World Studies Department, The Bishop Strachan School, Catherine Pfaff, BSS Museum and Archives, The Bishop Strachan School, and BSS Grade 12 student

10-10:30 AM Break
10:30-12AM Concurrent Sessions

New Scholarly Research and Practices on Teaching, Past and Present
(University College, Room 328)
Co-sponsored by the Ontario Women’s History Network

Chair: Gail Cuthbert Brandt, University of Waterloo/Ontario Women’s History Network

  • “‘A teacher knows what pupils are bright and what pupils are dull’: Alberta School Teachers and Eugenics, 1915-1960,” Amy Samson, University of Saskatchewan.
  • “On the Edge of Inclusion: Representation and Portrayal of Black Women in High School History Textbooks,” Christine Woyshner and Jessica Schocker, Temple University
  • “Teaching Feminist History across the ‘Two Solitudes,’” Michelle MacArthur, University of Toronto
  • “Contextualizing the Text: Canadian History as a Transnational Resource for Women and Gender Studies,” Joan Simalchik, University of Toronto Mississauga

Commentator: Jacqueline Akins, University of Pennsylvania / Philadelphia Community College.

Best Practices: Examples of Gender and History in the Classroom
(University College, Room 330)

  • “Staging a Mock Witch Trial,” Maureen McCarthy, University of Toronto Schools
  • “Suffragists and Canadian Politics in the Early 20th Century,” Diane Vautour, Loretto Academy

12-1PM Catered Light Lunch

1-2PM Concurrent Workshops

Understanding Context: Exploring Historical Moments which Resonate in Current Indigenous Activism, with Angela Nardozi and John D. Moran, OISE/University of Toronto
In collaboration with the Deepening Knowledge Project, OISE/University of Toronto
(University College, Room 326)

Indian 101: Who are the Aboriginal People in Canada Today? with Carolyn King, Former Chief and first female elected Chief, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
Co-sponsored by the Director, Ontario Historical Society (University College, Room 328)

2-2:30PM – Walk, TTC or Taxi to City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road
2:30-4:30 – City of Toronto Archives

Teaching History Through and With the Archives. All Berks Attendees Welcome

The City of Toronto Archives, in partnership with Toronto history educators and the Archives of Ontario, will host an afternoon event for all interested teachers and instructors that will explore how historical documents such as photographs and film and artifacts can be effectively used in the history classroom. The presentations, exhibits, tour and resource materials to be distributed onsite not only reveal fascinating aspects of Toronto and Ontario’s complex class, gender, health, sexual, migrant and other minority histories, but also suggest ways in which students might be encouraged to connect with historical sources and thus history in more meaningfully and engaged ways. An array of photographic and other sources will be on display; some resource materials will be made available to participants.

Lights, Cameras, Archives! Stewart Boden, Archives of Ontario. The most popular of the Ontario Archives’ many presentations, Lights, Cameras, Archives! features historical film clips from the OA collection. The films were all produced by the Government of Ontario, and subjects include health promotion, tourism, education, and Ontario Public Service staff training. (CDs with clips for classroom use will be available.)

Picturing Immigrants in the Ward- How Photography shaped ideas about Central and Eastern European Immigrants in early 20th-century Toronto. This highly successful exhibit, which was on display at the City of Toronto Archives during 2012, will be re-mounted for one day only for the 2014 Toronto Berkshire Conference and Teachers’ Day Program.

Using photographs taken from the press, municipal government reports, social service agency publications and immigrants’ personal documents, the exhibit looks at how photography played an important role in shaping public perceptions and the varied social identities of Central and Eastern European immigrants in the Ward in early 20th-century Toronto.
Life on the Grid: 100 years of street photography in Toronto contains images ranging from the accidental to the deliberate, and highlights the wide variety of street photography in the holdings of the City of Toronto Archives. http://www.toronto.ca/archives/pdf/life-on-the-grid.pdf

For questions, contact the 2014 Berkshire Conference at: bcwh@utsc.utoronto.ca

To see the entire Berks Conference Program and Events, go to: http://berks2014.com/2013/09/03/programme-2/

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