This is an update on the Historical Thinking Summer Institute in Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History, July 17-22, 2017.
Since 2007, the Historical Thinking Project has partnered with different museums and history organizations across Canada to offer an annual Historical Thinking Summer Institute (HTSI) for teachers, curriculum developers, professional development leaders, historians, and museum educators and curators who want to enhance their expertise in designing exhibits, courses, units, lessons, projects, programs, or educational resources that focus explicitly on historical thinking. Beginning with the 2016 HTSI at the Museum of Vancouver, the Historical Thinking Project partnered with Canada’s History to organize future summer institutes in different cities across Canada in conjunction with a national, provincial, or local museum.
The 2017 Historical Thinking Summer Institute promises to be one of the best yet as it is being hosted at two of Canada’s finest national museums, the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum; the HTSI takes place in Ottawa during celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation; and there is a tremendous program of presentations, workshops, guest speakers, field trips, group discussions, and group work that utilize the exhibitions and archives at the two museums.
This year’s HTSI includes the following guest speakers: Canadian War Museum historian Dr. Tim Cook, historian and antiracist educator Dr. Tim Stanley, Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching recipients Rachel Collishaw and Sylvia Smith, Aboriginal veteran, PhD candidate, and descendant of three generations of residential school survivors John Moses, historian and curator of British North America at the Canadian Museum of History Dr. Tim Foran, and Director of Research at the Canadian War Museum Dr. Peter MacLeod. The instructors are Lindsay Gibson, University of Alberta, a former Heritage Fairs coordinator; Viviane Gosselin, Museum of Vancouver; and Catherine Duquette, Université du Québec.
Throughout the five and a half days of the HTSI participants will explore six historical thinking concepts that comprise the model of Historical Thinking conceptualized by Dr. Peter Seixas: evidence, significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, perspective-taking, and the ethical dimension of history. These concepts will be used to shape our exploration of the substantive theme of this year’s institute “Thinking Historically about Canada 150.”
Throughout the last nine years, participants have provided feedback about the strengths of the HTSI, how it impacted their understanding of historical thinking, and how it has prepared them to incorporate HT into their context. Here is what they have said:
I have more in-depth understanding, practical and usable activities, and valuable contacts for the future.
This has revamped and revitalized my passion for teaching history. I am excited about incorporating these concepts and introducing them to colleagues.
I feel not only confidently prepared to design classes with HT as the framework and guide, but enthusiastic about it.
I had a basic understanding of the historical thinking concepts but struggled to apply them in meaningful ways. Now I have the depth of knowledge & confidence to implement them fully.
I have already integrated HT concepts substantially in my pedagogy, but allowing me the time to really delve deeply into them has been incredible.
For more information about the 2017 Historical Thinking Summer Institute and how to register go to http://www.canadashistory.ca/Education/Historical-Thinking-Summer-Institute
For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about the 2017 HTSI go to http://www.canadashistory.ca/Education/Historical-Thinking-Summer-Institute/Frequently-Asked-Questions
Registration is filling up quickly so register before it is too late.