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This is a final draft. Take a look and let me know if there are any last minute changes. I have yet to add the student quotes from artist statements for their films. See you tonight!

This is a final draft. Take a look and let me know if there are any last minute changes. I have yet to add the student quotes from artist statements for their films. See you tonight!

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  • Naomi speaks about the mission statement and ideas around place-based education and collaboration which set the stage for this project
  • Naomi talks about the significance of the Nikkei Centre and its importance as a site of place-based education for student teachers. Talk about how she and Winna created the vision of field trips to New Denver with student teachers.
  • Three educators with three different lenses all converge in this project. We each discuss ourbackgrounds and commitment to rural, place-based education …
  • Naomi introduces this – Terry narrates through the images of New Denver and the Nikkei Centre
  • Terry will talk about this place and its unique role in Canada’s history and as a site for innovation, collaboration and creativity. Slideshow of pics of New Denver as she discusses the attributes and significance of New Denver now, and during the internment.Place-based education as a nexus for students to consider moral issues such as racism and prejudice…
  • We began with a vision – added the expertise and spin from each of our partners, and the results were richer than we could have imagined…
  • Terry talks about how the project grew: Collaboration with Tamara; team-teaching student teachersStudent teachers work on collaborative unit plansGary, Terry and Laura team teach and co-planFilm project with Mo and Catrina, Gr 10/11/12s in multi-grade groupsElders working with youthCollaboration with community – Kyowakai Society and VFA
  • What student teachers said about the project
  • Winna wraps it all up – this is only a suggested template…


  • 1. Place-based Learning
    A story of vision, collaboration,
    and synergy in rural education
    Presented at IOP conference, UBC
    May 15, 2010
  • 2. Setting the stage: a vision
    Naomi Ross, and Linda Farr Darling co-create the
    2009-10 Growth Plan for UBC’s West Kootenay
    Teacher Education program. The Growth Plan:
    Sets “place-based” education firmly at the heart of rural teacher education
    Seeks to use the resources found in the West Kootenays to create powerful curricular experiences for teacher candidates
    Demonstrates a commitment to collaborative practice
  • 3. The project: Beginning to Tell the Story of the Nikkei
    Tell the story of the Nikkei:
    1942-1945: 22,000 Japanese Canadians interned; camps throughout BC’s West Kootenays
    Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre – a National Historic site and museum located in New Denver, BC
    Integrate place-based education in WKTEP, and with the help of student teachers and faculty, into classrooms across the Kootenays
  • 4. The convergence of place…
  • 5. The compelling richness of place
    As you see the following images of New Denver and listen to how this place inspired our educational focus, consider the riches of your place
    What stories are there to tell in your school and community? What community is there to support your place-based education vision?
    After the slideshow, we will pause and with a learning partner, reflect on these questions
  • 6. The Place: New Denver
    New Denver, BC -
    on pristine Slocan Lake in the West Kootenays
  • 7. Images of New Denver
  • 8. The power of collaboration
    “Teaching is a complex endeavour…We believe that together we are better, that working as a member of a team and within a school helps us grow as professionals and supports us in being the best we can be in the classroom, and in having the greatest impact on student learning.
    When teachers work together as interdisciplinary teams … they develop approaches that help students connect to, process, transform, and personalize important concepts and thinking skills. Their schools become learning communities, the most important unit of change.”
    Faye Brownlie and LeytonSnellert,
    “It’s All About Thinking” Portage and Main Press, 2009
  • 9. Start with a vision; add partners; watch it grow
  • 10. Kyowakai: Peacefully working together…
  • 11. WKTEP Faculty Collaboration
    Cross curricular connections in Social Studies and English methods courses (LLED314 and SSED 314)
    A Gallery walk of diverse text on the Japanese internment: films, photographs, redress speech, charts and tables, maps, Path of Leaves
    A field trip to the Nikkei Centre with Nobby Hayashi
    Collaborative unit plan assignment on the internment
  • 12. 26 student teachers co-plan
    Each student teacher team developed a unit plan on the Japanese internment with the aim of teaching it in their 13 week practicum
    Student teachers “loved the collaboration”. They were “able to talk lesson ideas out with colleagues”.
    In their feedback on the course, student teachers identified that “the field trip to the Nikkei Centre and the classes in New Denver allowed them to integrate different types of learning to this area.” They enjoyed “learning how to do field trips” and the “hands-on learning of the Gallery walk on the Japanese Canadian internment”.
  • 13. WKTEP student teachers share ideas…
  • 14. 35 students + 3 teachers
    Two teachers and one WKTEP student teacher collaborate, co-plan and team teach
    Grade 10/11/12s in Social Studies 11, History 12 and English 10-12 work together in multi-grade groups creating 60 – 90 second documentaries
    Synchronicity: an Artists in Residence project with filmmakers Mo Simpson and Catrina Longmuir, “Telling the story of the Nikkei”
  • 15. Lucerne student filmmakers
  • 16. Artist Statements – a synthesis of student learning
  • 17. A sneak preview…
    Five student films:
    Japanese-Canadian Internment
    Never Lose Hope
    So Fast
    Winter of 1942
    Your feedback? Thinking?
  • 18. 5 Student Films
  • 19. 6 elders + 2 filmmakers + community
    Interviews with 6 remaining elders in New Denver filmed by the students and by Mo Simpson and Catrina Longmuir
    The New Denver Kyowakai Society partners with the school, the Village, the Valhalla Fine Arts Society to document the stories
    Public screening of student films along with Animation/Digital Storytelling for adults
  • 20. Synergy: the inexplicable magic
    National Historic Site recognition for the Nikkei Centre in 2010
    Kyowakai Society yearns to film elders before it’s too late
    Collaboration between National Japanese History Museum in Burnaby, Nikkei Centre and the school
    www.citizenshift.ca - a voice for youth and shift in perspective towards greater educator involvement
    www.thenhier.ca - a place for innovation in history education
  • 21. Your connections?
    Talk with a partner
    Explore your ideas around place-based education, collaboration, synergistic connection
    What can you take away from “Tellling the Story of the Nikkei”?
  • 22. Pulling it all together
  • 23. Next steps
    Future WKTEP collaborations – SSED 314 and LLED 314 team teaching
    Possible UBC teacher education collaborations: UBC - WKTEP and UBC – Vancouver (eg: National Museum of Japanese History in Burnaby; Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre – New Denver)
    Teacher Candidate – School Advisor collaborations
    Teacher collaborations online – Online Information Circles using Moodle
    Collaborations online throughout Canada (www.THENhier.ca and www.citizenshift.ca)