Place in Education Symposium for B.C. Educators Barkerville Historic Town, Sep. 27-29, 2018.

Place in Education Symposium for B.C. Educators
Barkerville Historic Town, Sep. 27-29, 2018.

?This is a field trip for teachers set in the spectacular Barkerville Historic Town, and what will be a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity,

This symposium will explore the challenges of bringing place-based curriculum, experiential and place-conscious learning, and geographic literacy into the classroom, and bringing the classroom out into the physical and cultural landscape. These themes, alongside and connected to the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives, are important components of the redesigned K-12 curriculum in British Columbia.

Our intended audience includes Social Studies educators, teachers who love field trips, and others who want to bring an aspect of Place into their Music, Fine Arts, Humanities, Environmental Studies and Outdoor Ed, English/Language Arts, Applied Skills, or Intermediate teaching practice.

Place in Education features a panel discussion, talks, excursions, and a collaborative session, all happening in Barkerville Historic Town. This world-class heritage site provides a unique place to learn, and the shops will be open as this their last weekend of the tourist season.

?Symposium check-in begins at 6 pm Thu Sep 27 and we will be finished by 12:30 pm on Sat Sep 29.  Tips for travel are located on the REGISTER page.

The fee for the symposium is $140 which covers the costs of our event including meals — see REGISTER for details. Participants must pay for their own transportation and accommodation — see the LINKS for options; rooms at the 2 hotels in nearby town of Wells have been reserved for use by symposium participants, as well as a limited number of rooms at the B&Bs in Barkerville.

BCTF Teachers: check with your local PD Chair about accessing funding.  Due to the scale and atmosphere of this event, we are capping registration at 60. REGISTER opens soon and will close Sep 14 or when we have reached our cap. The REGISTER site will ask for your area of interest: Social Studies/Hist/Geog, English/Language Arts, Music/Fine Arts, and Environmental/Outdoor Ed.

?The Place in Education Symposium is sponsored by Barkerville Historic Town, the Pacific Slope Educational Consortium, the Prince George Social Studies Teachers’ Association, and the Prince George District Teachers’ Association. We also have participation and support from BCTF professional specialist associations BCTELA, EEPSA, and BCSSTA (see LINKS page).

??Finally, for the adventurous, the symposium weekend also coincides with another event hosted in Barkerville, their very popular fifth consecutive Steampunk Murder Mystery Weekend. It’s called Out of Time Episode V: The British Empire Strikes Back. It will be a Star Wars/Steampunk fusion. Tickets to the event, which are available in 1, 2, or 3 day denominations, include things like a kick-off party on the Friday night at the House Hotel (where the murder takes place), a Heritage Package admission (complete with Theatre Royal ticket, stagecoach ride and goldpanning lesson) for free time on Saturday during the day, a party on the Saturday night throughout portions of the entire town (this is where the bulk of the mystery-game takes place) and brunch at the Wake Up Jake on the Sunday. Participants tend to dress up in costume for the evening parties, but it is not required.  More details to follow for those that are interested in blending this experience with the Place in Education symposium.

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