Source: https://www.canadashistory.ca/explore/women/canada-s-great-women

Dr. Rose Fine-Meyer

OISE, University of Toronto


Welcome back to another school year! I hope it is a positive year for everyone. I am thrilled to be writing a column this year about where to access women’s historical narratives for your history courses, and how you might incorporate them in new ways. Women are half the population, but do not receive half the focus in history courses. The work to include women in history courses relies heavily on teacher commitment but there are plentiful resources available and I hope this column will provide some good resources and a few ideas of how they might work.

So in honour of Labour Day and a return to our classrooms, this column will focus on women and labour. Women have always worked both inside and outside the home. In pre-colonial societies, Indigenous men and women shared invaluable roles within their societies.  European culture established that men were superior to women and settler socialites embraced similar gender divisions. Patriarchy lessened the traditional, honoured, and respected roles Indigenous women had as leaders in their communities.

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By Risa Gluskin

Everyone seems to have an opinion on credit recovery. I’ll stick to my experience.

I’ve been teaching credit recovery for about five years. Wow, is it difficult! Last semester, I had students doing grade 9, 10, and 11 English, ESL C and D and Canadian History. Please note: I am not an English teacher. Two years ago, I recovered grade 12 Food and Nutrition, grade 12 Law, grade 12 English, ESL B, and even a bit of grade 11 college Math.

Given the nature of the students that I select for credit recovery, ones who are vulnerable in many ways, not just short a credit here or there, massive amounts of patience are required. Many of us know that credit recovery sometimes means an empty or nearly empty classroom. There’s a lot of waiting around for students to decide to come. When they do decide to show up, the welcome can’t be all about “where were you?” It has to be “so glad you’re here.” I sometimes throw “finally” in there, too, because I’m human. However, an increased level of patience has sunk into my regular classroom teaching. Where I used to be quite huffy about kids missing a few classes in a row, now I am more likely to calmly see it as challenge to try to master. After all, I want them to stay. We need them to stay in our subject area.


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By: John Myers

In the 1970s the Ontario government reshaped our now CWS curriculum to recognize the emerging multicultural reality of the province and the country. My involvement in this as a young teacher can be read in Myers (2006). In addition to looking at immigration history we looked at the phenomenon of residential schools in the old Man in Society class. As a retired colleague, Pat Baker from Leaside High School, noted last year, we did a lot of heavy lifting back then. Materials beyond the textbook were scarce and often written for university courses and more academic audiences rather than senior elementary and junior high school students. There were also large gaps in our public knowledge of portions of our history such as the many threads in the Black experience throughout Canada or the "Sixties Scoop". There was also resistance from a generation used to the primacy of chronological political-military history of the influence of British and French settlers.


The Canadian Red Cross is offering free PD for teachers

Wed. Aug. 4 to Thurs. Aug. 15, 2019 in Kingston

2 Cambrai Ave
Kingston, Ontario
K7K 5H2


  • Compliments the Canadian and World Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, and English Studies curriculum
  • Includes instruction from the National Senior Legal Advisor of the Canadian Red Cross, a representative of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces, and teachers currently using the EHL curriculum in their classrooms
  • Participants receive the Exploring Humanitarian Law toolkit, Canada and Conflict toolkit, curriculum maps, and certificate of completion
  •    This training is FREE thanks to support from the International Committee of the Red Cross. The training fee, breakfast, lunch, toolkits, and curriculum maps that participants walk away with are all provided. Additional support for a limited number of teachers joining us from out of town is available.


    • ·We are pleased to welcome back those of you who have already attended a training to brush up on IHL and current events with our facilitating field experts. We also encourage you to invite a colleague who has yet to attend a training.

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By Rachel Collishaw

Spring has finally sprung in most of the province. As I watch the last chunks of ice melt away, I feel renewed and energized and like I have been hibernating all winter. However, when I think about what we’ve been up to with OHASSTA, incubation seems a more appropriate word. We have been working on quite a few projects since we last saw each other in November, and I’m excited to tell you all about them.

For our fall conference this year, we are going to be at McMaster University in Hamilton on November 1-2. We are excited to share the work that we have been doing with two partnerships out of McMaster - the Wilson Institute for Canadian History and The Collaborative, both of whom aim to connect teachers and academics in meaningful ways. This opportunity moves our main conference day to Saturday, November 2, with a social and bonus event on Friday November 1st. We know that despite what happens with contract talks, supply teacher shortages, or whatever new thing the provincial government throws at us, we will continue to support our students, and seek support from each other. The theme for this year’s conference is Thinking Classrooms: Thinking Citizens, and I am sure that we will have lots to talk about! Watch for workshop submissions coming soon.