It was designed to lure a broader, cross-section of students into engineering, but it may also help high school science teachers meet the learning outcomes of the Ontario curriculum.

The Generation-E: A New Brand of Engineer program features teaching and guidance material in English and French for Grades 9 to 12, based on the standards of the
Pan Canadian Science Curriculum and linked to the science curricula in every Canadian province and territory.

Kits include four hands-on projects linking science and engineering for teachers and information about the variety and nature of engineering careers for guidance counsellors.

In addition, an internet site offers online training for educators and an interactive section for students, with tools and resources about the world of engineering.

The goal is to make students aware of the ingenuity of Canadian engineers in the development of everyday items-hockey helmets, pacemakers, walkie-talkies and wind turbines for example-so that they'll consider becoming engineers themselves.

The web site contains a compendium of resources developed by working engineers and Canadian teachers.

The resource package for teachers includes engineering link sheets designed to connect each project to the scientific considerations, supporting skills demanded, and real-life applications.

As well, a curriculum guide outlines the four possible classroom activities with clear declarations of learning objectives:

  • implementation clues,
  • materials required,
  • possible solutions,
  • and extensions.
The bilingual program was developed by a consortium of partners led by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada (ACEC) with a grant from Human Resources Development Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

History Teachers Get Lessons on the Past

Canadian history teachers got an East coast perspective on the past at the annual Summer Institute for Teachers of Canadian History held in July at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Seven Ontario teachers, chosen from 160 applicants, attended the week-long institute.

St. John's simultaneously hosted the annual Canadian National Heritage Fair, bringing 165, Grade 4-9 students from all provinces and territories together to celebrate Canadian history and culture. Ten students and four teacher chaperones represented Ontario.

Both events were founded by the Historica Foundation of Canada, an organization devoted to making Canadian history more accessible, enjoyable, and exciting for Canadians of all ages.

Tom Morton, 1998 Governor-General's Award recipient for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History, highlighted the importance of empathy and social position regarding historical interpretation and the presentation of facts in his "Teaching for Understanding" address.

Québec historian Jacques Lacoursière, co-author of Canada-Québec, Synthèse historique, noted the richness of Canadian storytelling and bilingualism in a moving talk titled "Francophone Stories".

As well, Senator Laurier Lapierre addressed terrorism, societal violence, and Canadian ideals of peace and diversity in a speech that reflected his zeal for Canadian history and inspired attendees with messages of tolerance and acceptance.

University of Ottawa professor Dr. Sharon Cook enlightened teachers about using personal histories and family artifacts.

Newfoundland teachers Dana Burridge, Dan O'Brian, and Peter Laracy added an East Coast penchant for storytelling to the proceedings. Burridge recited a stirring poem written by his grandfather to illustrate the importance of family history in social studies.

O'Brian gave a moving rendition of The Smokeroom on the Kyle, a poetic tall tale by Canadian writer Ted Russell. And Peter Laracy, a teacher from Avalon West, blended history with drama techniques to move teachers to tears with a tragic yet hopeful narrative of the union between a young Protestant man and Catholic woman in less tolerant times.

The next institute will be held in Sudbury in July 2003. For more information, visit

Laurent Joncas Appointed AEFO’s New Executive Director

A veteran educator who has played a key role in establishing the College’s Investigations and Hearings department has returned to Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) as executive director.

Laurent Joncas brought 28 years of teaching experience to the College in 1997 when he became senior intake officer of the Complaints Unit. In 2000, he was appointed senior investigator. in the Investigations Unit, where he supervised the College investigators and co-ordinated case management activities. In 2001, he was appointed senior resolutions officer and was responsible for the establishment and implementation of the College’s now-thriving dispute resolution program.

Originally from Timmins, Joncas taught at the secondary level and was an active AEFO member at the local and provincial levels for many years before becoming its provincial president in 1991. He is also a former vice-president of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and education officer with the Ministry of Education.

“This new appointment is in recognition of the accomplishments and leadership that Laurent Joncas has brought to the profession through his work with the College, the ministry and school boards as well as in his teacher association roles over the years,” said College Registrar Joe Atkinson. “He leaves us a legacy of outstanding contributions to many key College functions involved in the self-regulation of the profession. We will miss his leadership and wish him the best of luck in his new responsibilities.”

New Historic Sites Study Guide

Parks Canada has developed a new study guide for teachers on Canada’s historic sites for the Grade 5 to 10 curriculums.

The 62-page guide, entitled Our Roots, Our Future: Experiencing Canada’s National Historic Sites in the Classroom, includes 10 student-focused activities, learning expectations, insightful tips for teachers, a comprehensive list of Internet resources, suggested assessment strategies and a video.

Parks Canada is making this guide available free, in English or French, to teachers who sign up on the Parks Canada web site during 2002. It will also be available on the web site later in the year.

The learning material is aimed at students aged 11 to 16. It includes suggestions for exploring local and national history, using primary and secondary sources, connections to provincial and territorial curriculum, performance-based assessment and evaluation strategies, and information on where to find dozens of related resources.

To obtain your free copy of the guide as soon as it is available, visit the Parks Canada web site at and click on the Teacher’s Guide link. For more information, you can call Myrna Andrew at 819-997-5961 or send an e-mail to

Toronto Career Fair Coming in October

The Toronto Education Training Career Fair will be held October 4 to 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It will provide visitors of all ages with an in-depth look at education, training, and career resources and options. The theme is Explore, Connect, Succeed.

Students will be able to experience first hand the day-to-day activities in a variety of careers and professions.

The Toronto fair is timely because of today’s sophisticated job market, the growing shortage of skilled tradespeople and the double cohort issue facing Ontario high school students. Admission is free for high school students.

Exhibits, interactive displays, demonstrations and theme pavilions will be featured. Further information is available at

Distance Learning in Teacher Education

Planners in ministries and faculties of education are called upon to make hard choices about when and how distance education can be used to expand and upgrade the skills of teachers.

The answers to these questions can be found in Teacher Education Guidelines: Using Open and Distance Learning, just published by UNESCO. The handbook describes how to plan for distance learning, how to choose the appropriate technologies, how to fund them, how to teach classroom skills and how to assess them.

Distance education is particularly important in developing countries that need to train large numbers of teachers.

The document is available free from UNESCO Documentation and Information Service, Education Sector. E-mail: It is also available in PDF format on the UNESCO Education web site: Teacher Education Guidelines: Using Open and Distance Learning 001253/125396e.pdf.

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