Center for the Study of Canada

Professional Seminars

Outreach Programs





New York State K–12 School Programs

The center is at the forefront of providing comprehensive initiatives that target the K–12 audience throughout the U.S.A. with an emphasis on current curriculum materials and publications that enhance greater awareness of Canada, especially in social studies and French language classrooms.

Center representatives regularly promote Canadian Studies outreach education to K–12 teachers, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and students in New York State and beyond. Services provided by the center to this constituency include:

  • In-service and pre-service teacher workshops,
  • Student programs including guest speaker classroom visits;
  • Seminar and conference outreach exhibits and presentations;
  • Numerous print and electronic resources.

To invite a center representative, accompanied by a wide range of K–12 classroom curriculum materials, to your district for any of the above mentioned learning opportunities, please contact: Amy Sotherden, Assistant Director, tel: (518) 564-2385 or email: [email protected]

The center continues to offer our gratitude and support to Mr. Les Buell, a retired teacher knowledgeable, energetic and passionate about Canada, who is available in the western region of New York State to promote our outreach activities such as teacher workshops, student programs and Superintendent's conference day programs on Canada. Email Les directly at: [email protected]

Announcing the 2015 Summer Institute for K–12 Professionals

Québec Dimensions: Geographic, Historical and Cultural Explorations

We are now recruiting New York State Teachers for future participation in a week-long professional development institute to be organized in partnership with the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine. K–12 educators engaged with Canadian social studies content will provide presentations during this program. A plethora of K–12 curriculum resources and sample lesson plans will also be presented.

This summer institute for teachers of social studies, geography, history and French will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the six elements of geography, historical foundations, and contemporary cultural insights through first-hand experience in the province of Québec. Participants will:

  • Gain current curriculum materials and resources to aid in teaching about Canada
  • Receive briefings by specialists in Québec geography, history, and culture
  • Apply knowledge gained to a collaborative unit which meets state and national geography and social studies standards.
  • Visit key sites relevant to Québec geography, history and culture:

June 28-July 3, 2015


Begin and end in Montréal with travel to Québec City

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2015

Participants must submit a US$649 registration fee. This fee covers transportation during the Institute, lecturer fees, admissions to educational sites, curriculum materials, double-occupancy at hotels, and some meals. Participants provide transportation to and from Montreal, lunches daily, and most dinners.

Download the Quebec Dimensions Summer Institute for K–12 Professionals Registration Form. (Note this files requires the latest version of Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.

Professional Development Credit:

PDP/Clock Hour Certificate will be issued to all participants. For an additional cost and a final project, the Institute may be taken for graduate credit.

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