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North Country K–12 School Programs

Outreach to the local K–12 community is a priority for the Center for the Study of Canada, and a number of curriculum materials and publications, such as O Canada and Teaching Canada have been developed to enhance greater awareness and knowledge of Canada throughout our North Country region. In particular, the Teaching Canada magazine published by the center is the premier Canadian K–12 current resource guide for the study of Canada.

Dr. Christopher Kirkey, Center Director, and Ms. Amy Sotherden, Assistant Director with focus on K–12 programs, are delighted to offer presentations and professional development workshops on a variety of Canadian topics for both teacher and student audiences. School districts in Northern New York State are invited to contact us to secure an appointment for us to visit your school soon! An assortment of presentation and training topics are available for discussion.

The center provides timely and informative classroom materials, for use by teachers and students alike. We look forward to working with North Country school boards, individual schools, superintendents, principals, and students on Canada focused K–12 curriculum instruction, delivery and materials. We welcome the opportunity to bring Canada to your classroom!

Partnership with North Country Teacher Resource Center

A partnership with the North Country Teacher Resource Center in Plattsburgh is being fostered to provide professional development workshops for in-service and pre-service teachers from across Northern New York State as means to increase Canadian content in local classrooms. We were pleased to offer the October 2009 program “Accentuate Champlain in Your Classroom” which was a great success, and produced knowledge outputs including:

  • enhanced knowledge of and teaching strategies on the life of Samuel de Champlain,
  • as well as the historical establishment and settling of New France,
  • in addition to daily life and culture of New France.

We expect to offer a series of outreach programs on other timely and important topics designed for area K–12 educators interested to heighten an understanding of Canada in their classrooms. The purpose of these initiatives is to increase awareness of Canadian Studies materials and resources to facilitate the direct incorporation of Canadian content, consistent with New York State curriculum framework guidelines, into school curriculum and instruction.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Christopher Kirkey, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Study of Canada
Phone: (518) 564-2086
Fax: (518) 564-2112
Email: [email protected]

Center for the Study of Canada
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
133 Court St.,
Plattsburgh, NY 12901