About our Organization
We are a volunteer organization of practicing History and Social Science teachers in Ontario’s elementary and secondary schools. We have been serving our members since 1978.
We have a wide membership in Ontario’s English public and Catholic systems as well as in its various private schools. We work closely with our sister association, Association des enseignants et des enseignantes de sciences humaines de l’Ontario (AESHO) to support History and Social Science teachers in the Francophone public and Catholic systems in Ontario.
Reconciliation in Action
OHASSTA participated in recent updates to the mandatory History curriculum in Ontario (2018) to better support education for reconciliation.
We support further action by members, school boards and ministries of education to ensure that we are fully addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, especially #62 and #63.
We believe that our members have an important role in learning and sharing with our students the historical and contemporary truths of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. As an association, we are committed to building respectful relationships so that we can continue this work together.
The following is an excerpt from the Calls to Action #62 and #63 from The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. We call upon all Canadians to understand our shared histories and to work to take action for reconciliation.
OHASSTA Executive 2023
The OHASSTA / AESHO executive are volunteers who serve for one year (renewable). The year begins at the Annual General Meeting in the fall, which normally coincides with the conference.
If you are interested in serving on the executive, please Contact Us to express your interest in the late summer/early fall of the year.
OHASSTA / AESHO is pleased to partner with researchers, like-minded associations, organizations, and institutions to support our members and advocate for history and social science education in Ontario and in Canada.
SSENC / RESSC is an umbrella organization of Canadian provincial and territorial social studies teachers’ networks and associations. OHASSTA / AESHO is a member. Founded in 2019, SSENC / RESSC seeks to advocate for social studies education across Canada, facilitate networking and cooperation among social studies educators, and engage with public institutions, private interests, and non-government institutions in the development and implementation of policies and/or resources related to social studies education across Canada.
Launching in 2020, OHASSTA has been working with Dr. Sandra Lapointe at McMaster University to create an effective platform to connect students and teachers meaningfully with post-secondary experts to support inquiry learning. The/La Collaborative is a major sponsor of the OHASSTA-AESHO annual conference.
They provide networking and support for consultants and coaches with a responsibility for our subject areas. There are many resources available on their website.
Partnering with scholars to provide summer learning for educators in Canadian History.
Launched in 2018 and funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Thinking Historically for Canada’s Future – Penser historiquement pour l’avenir du Canada is a 7-year, cross-Canada research project led by Dr. Carla Peck at the University of Alberta.
OHASSTA is a long time partner of the Ontario Justice Education Network. OJEN provides experiential learning and curriculum resources related to law and justice in Ontario in both English and French.
They provide many excellent social studies resources for elementary teachers and we have a longstanding relationship.
A non-profit organization that aims to bring educators and scholars together from across Canada.
Please contact us for more information or to learn how you can be involved.