Professional Development Sessions at the Archives of Ontario

Professional Development Sessions


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Along with both onsite and travelling workshops for students, the Archives of Ontario provides onsite and travelling professional development workshops for teachers. Run by experienced educators, these workshops will introduce teachers to the Archives of Ontario and how archival material can be used in their classrooms.

Workshops held at the Archives of Ontario will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.
Workshops run from one to three hours.

Email Alison.Little@ontario.ca, our Senior Coordinator of Education, for more information or complete a Booking Request Form [PDF] to book a workshop.

Inquiry and Primary Sources: Archives of Ontario as a resource for teaching


Using Primary Sources from the Archives of Ontario’s collections, the workshop will introduce participants to the concepts of historical inquiry and teaching with primary sources, cornerstones of the 2013 revised Social Studies and History curriculum. Both instruction and hands-on activities will enable participants to include these tools in their Monday morning class.

Workshops can be customized for Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, and Intermediate/Senior audiences and will be particularly helpful for teaching Social Studies, History, Language Arts, and/or Fine Arts.

Content examples:

  • Primary/Junior: Early immigration and community
  • Junior/Intermediate: Early communities, War of 1812, immigration
  • Intermediate/Senior: Working women in WW2, civil rights struggles

Primary Sources and Social Justice: Archives of Ontario as a resource for teaching


The workshop will invite participants to challenge a standard approach to Social Studies, History, Language Arts, and/or Fine Arts teaching by using primary sources from the Archives of Ontario’s collections as a medium and method for engaging social justice in the classroom. Both instruction and hands-on activities will enable participants to include these tools in their Monday morning class.

Workshops can be customized for Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, and Intermediate/Senior audiences and will be particularly helpful for teaching Social Studies, History, Language Arts, and/or Fine Arts.

Content examples:

  • Primary/Junior: Early immigration and community
  • Junior/Intermediate: Early communities, War of 1812, immigration
  • Intermediate/Senior: Working women in WW2, civil rights struggles

Email Alison.Little@ontario.ca, our Senior Coordinator of Education, for more information or complete a Booking Request Form [PDF] to book a workshop.

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