Global Education Cohort News

UOttawa Teacher Education Program ~ September 29, 2020

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Greetings Everyone!

We are impressed with how teacher candidates and professors have made the best of teaching and learning under very difficult circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic. As we move through the fall season, we will do our best to support your efforts to integrate global themes and perspectives into course work and practicum. In this brief newsletter we would like to bring some upcoming events to your attention.

Diane Watt & Saba Alvi

Global Education Cohort Leaders

Image credit above: Phyllis Webstad

Participate in Orange Shirt Day on September 30th!

To honour Residential School Survivors and the Ones that never made it home, members of the Global Education Cohort are calling for teacher candidates, professors, graduate students, and support staff currently working online to participate in Orange Shirt Day from home.

On September 30th, let's share a selfie wearing our orange shirts on Twitter and get our professors, friends, family & students to join us!

Tags: #OrangeShirtDay #TRC @uOttawaEdu @GlobalEduUOttawa

We also recommend this outstanding resources for educators:

1) Orange Shirt Day Website

2) Resources

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October 1st 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Webinar on Population Connection: Hands-on Activities for People and the Planet

Join your cohort leaders and Population Education for a 60-minute webinar focused on engaging, interdisciplinary lesson plans for grades K-8. Lessons are cross-curricular and classroom ready.

Topics include community engagement, citizenship, resource use, sustainability, global trade, decision making, and more. Population Education’s curricula prepares the next generation for responsible global citizenship by encouraging students to analyze real-world data, think critically, and problem solve, all while meeting Ontario Curriculum standards.

All participants will receive:

  • Access to Teaching Population - Population Education’s online curriculum library containing over 45 lesson plans, background readings, and case studies, all aligned to state and national standards
  • Access to a google drive filled with lesson plans and tools newly adapted for distance learning
  • Practical knowledge on engaging ways to teach global issues

Everyone welcome!

Register and get the Zoom meeting link on Eventbright at:

For more information contact Diane Watt:

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October is Islamic Heritage Month

The following educational resources are recommended by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) to bring Muslim and anti-racist perspectives into the curriculum:

  1. 14 & Muslim: 14 & Muslim is a documentary by CBC that follows the story of three Muslim youth transitioning from Islamic elementary school to public high school. A great resource to dive into conversations at the beginning of the school year around new beginnings, the anxiety of making new friends and being in a new grade. Watch the trailer below and check out the accompanying classroomguide with activities and lesson plan ideas.
  2. TDSB Islamic Heritage Month Guide: This comprehensive guide includes a wealth of information to support your planning for IHM and beyond.
  3. Activism for Students: Incorporate CBC Kids videos into lesson plans on activism, equity, and social change. There is an example posted below. With ongoing news of police brutality and systemic racism, equipping our students with tools and knowledge to critically understand, discuss, and engage with these issues is crucial.
14 & Muslim Trailer
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Want to be a youth activist? Here are some tips | CBC Kids News