OHASSTA / AESHO is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Education to develop resources and supports for the revised Civics and Citizenship curriculum (2022). We have developed a 3-phase project as part of this partnership.
CHV2O Course Packages 2022
A free comprehensive course package for educators that provides entire unit plans to effectively deliver culturally-responsive and relevant Civics learning that emphasizes human rights, equity and diversity, and student voice.
English Language Course Package
Trousse du cours francophone
Designed to meet the needs of educators who have extensive experience, some experience or no experience with teaching Civics, this is a ‘plug and play’ course outline and package with classroom-ready resources, activities, and assessment tools designed by Ontario educators.
The course packages are available in both French and English in Googledocs at the moment. A dedicated webpage is currently being developed to house these lesson plans in a user-friendly format.
All of the activities in the course package are aligned with the revised curriculum expectations and the frameworks referenced in the front matter, as well as Growing Success, and many relevant ministry documents and policies, like the Adolescent Literacy Guide, Learning for All, Literacy Alerts, and Ontario’s Education Equity Plan.
Mentorship program 2023
In the second phase of the project, OHASSTA will develop a mentorship program to support the implementation of the revised Civics curriculum.
Through a registration process, educators from across the province will engage in sessions to implement projects and/or engage in professional learning.
This peer-to-peer support will empower educators to fully engage with the key concepts from the revised Civics curriculum.
In our extensive experience providing professional development for educators, we have consistently received feedback that connections between educators are essential for the successful implementation of the curriculum.
This project will involve online support, one-to-one support, and creating and supporting a provincial network of Civics educators. Mentor educators may also act as liaisons between different groups (i.e. outreach groups, equity groups, community groups) and educators who are eager to make these connections themselves but don’t know where to begin.
Experienced educators can find like-minded educators with whom to co-plan engaging
and authentic activities such as debates, community action projects, or simulations.
OHASSTA will focus on fostering strong connections within remote communities as well as between colleagues in both French and English school boards.
Experiential education 2023-2024
In the Spring of 2023, OHASSTA will develop an online resource that connects educators and students to community groups outside of schools.
Community-connected experiential learning in the Civics classroom offers so many possibilities for rich, student-driven, active citizenship experiences.
We will identify, and partner with, local groups that offer experiential learning opportunities for Civics students and connect them with teachers across the province.
By creating this resource, teachers will be able to easily find experiential learning opportunities, reach out to groups and organizations and even connect to other teachers doing the same. We will amplify the voices of groups who have opportunities focused on human rights, equity, and diversity and work hard to connect them with classroom teachers.
Too often, we hear from Civics educators that they just don’t know where to start, or it is too overwhelming to even locate existing opportunities. We will create a curated online database that is user-friendly and facilitates connections between educators and community groups and supports that connection through an online community.
As the network grows, a teacher who is interested in creating an experiential opportunity in their Civics class can connect with another teacher to co-plan and carry it out together.
For example, a teacher in Sudbury can connect with a teacher in Oro-Medonte to plan a culminating activity of a town hall meeting to discuss proposed legislation affecting both of their electoral districts with students assuming the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders.