Canadian Studies Center October 2009 Report

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Family Policy in Canada

By Morna McEachern

Morna McEachern, Social Work (center) successfully defended her dissertation, "Is Knowledge Power?: A Textual, Historical and Practical Study of 'Sex Ed' Policy and 'Teen Pregnancy' in Canada and the United States" in May. Michael Prince served on her committee. Susan Kemp, Social Work, chaired the committee.
Morna McEachern, Social Work (center) successfully defended her dissertation, Is Knowledge Power?: A Textual, Historical and Practical Study of "Sex Ed" Policy and "Teen Pregnancy" in Canada and the United States, in May. Michael Prince served on her committee. Susan Kemp, Social Work, chaired the committee.

Dr. Michael Prince, the Landsdowne Professor of Social Policy Studies at the University of Victoria, BC, gave this quarter’s final colloquium for the West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC). The talk, "Family Policy at Work: Employment Benefits, Women, and Labour Force Participation in Canada," was co-sponsored by Canadian Studies and the WCPC.

The talk focused on the history of Employment Insurance (EI), in Canada and focusing on EI as a major social insurance program at intersection of labour market, income support, and families. The image of citizen as worker-parent-caregiver with EI benefits for maternity leave, sick leave and compassionate care leave was an informative difference from the US version of unemployment insurance. Dr. Prince concluded that EI holds an important role in labour force attachment, family formation, and poverty prevention that needs to be continually monitored and occasionally reformed.

Dr. Prince was in Seattle to give his talk and to participate, as the Canadian member of her dissertation supervisory committee, in the final examination of Canadian Studies doctoral candidate, Morna McEachern (Morna passed her exam!). Michael’s talk garnered interest from students and faculty from across the university as well as a staff member from US House of Representatives Jim McDermott’s office and two representatives of the Economic Opportunity Institute. This interest from both members of the university, the government and a policy think tank reflects Dr. Prince’s dedication both to scholarship and to participating in public policy commentary and creation.

This project was supported, in part, by funding from the Center’s Program Enhancement Grant, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.


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Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers Conference

By Misa Bourdoiseau, Présidente AATF- Northwest

Mary Anne O'Neil, Misa Bourdoiseau, and Yanick Godbout, Director for Governmental Relations and Public Affairs, Quebec International
Mary Anne O'Neil, Professor of French, Whitman College; Misa Bourdoiseau, President, American Association of Teachers of French—Northwest chapter; and Yanick Godbout, Director for Governmental Relations and Public Affairs, Public and Political Affairs, Québec International

Le 10 avril dernier, la WAFLT a tenu son congrès de printemps : New Decade, Renewed Engagement in World Languages à Seattle, en coopération avec l’AATF- Northwest et le Canadian Studies Center de l’Université de Washington, où l’on comptait près de 70 participants dont 28 enseignants de français. Le reste se divisait entre enseignants d’espagnol, de japonais, de chinois, d’allemand, d’italien, de portuguais, d’ELL et…de makah !

Un point fort de la journée a été précisément la présentation par Maria Parker Pascua et ses élèves sur la langue et la culture makah. Il était fort intéressant d’apprendre comment on redécouvre, pour la préserver, une langue de tradition orale, ainsi que l’origine de certains mots venant notamment du français. Deux autres ateliers touchaient directement à la francophonie : Le Québec par Natalie Debray couvrant son histoire, sa langue, sa relation avec la France ; et Fun Phonétique, une session que j’ai animée où l’on a pu se détendre avec des jeux de mots et des virelangues. L’immense succès de «Connecting with 21st Century World Language E-Learners», par Catherine Meissner et David Montero, démontrant les possibilités offertes sur le Web et les outils disponibles pour assister les professeurs de langues, engager les élèves de façon innovante, est la preuve du besoin de telles journées de formation.

D’autres ateliers, spécifiques aux différentes langues ont également été présentés avec brio: The Guatemala experience, Language proficiency through critical thinking, Engaging Limited English speakers, Using Theater and film to teach political history, Chinese programs in Washington State. Deux ateliers d’intérêt général ont retenu l’attention: Formative Assessment par Tami Wietfedlt et World Language Learning standards for Washington par Michele Anciaux Aoki, ce dernier étant une préoccupation nouvelle pour notre état.

Enfin, on ne peut oublier la dynamique et inspirante intervention sur le Québec et sa position dans l’étude des langues faite par Yanick Godbout, Chargé d’ Affaires du Gouvernement du Québec, à Los Angeles. Il était fort intéressant d’y entendre la distinction faite entre «Nation» et «Pays». La qualité du matériel présenté pour illustrer les points sur la beauté, la qualité de vie du Québec, les possibilités d’études, même si l’on connaissait déjà le Québec, donnait envie d’y retourner ; et pour certains d’aller le découvrir, tel était le cas pour un professeur de japonais et un autre d’espagnol qui ont exprimé leur désir d’y aller étudier le français !

«His video made me want to hop on the next plane or train, tout de suite» était l’un des commentaires!

Un grand MERCI va au Gouvernement du Québec pour sa générosité à mettre à notre disposition lors de ce congrès une personne dynamique telle que M.Godbout, ainsi qu’au Centre d’ Etudes Canadiennes de l’Université de Washington pour leur soutien financier et leur encouragement.

This project was supported, in part, by funding from the Center’s Title VI grant, US Department of Education, Office of International Education Programs Service.


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Canada and the American Curriculum: A Conference on State and National Perspectives on Canada in the US K-12 Curriculum

By Will Linser

From left: Tina Storer, Nadine Fabbi, Will Linser, Kelly Martin, Don Alper, and Amy Wilson
From left: Tina Storer, Nadine Fabbi, Will Linser, Kelly Martin, Don Alper, and Amy Wilson

Will Linser is President of the Washington State Council for the Social Studies and a high school social studies teacher in the Bellevue School District.

How often have you thought about the relationship between Canada and the United States and how important that relationship is? According to a 2010 study commissioned by the Embassy, based on 2008 data, 8 million US jobs depend on trade with Canada. Canada is also the United States’ largest supplier of imported energy.

On May 24 and 25, I attended the Canada and the American Curriculum: A Conference on State and National Perspectives on Canada in the US K-12 Curriculum. I was invited by the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Washington because of my leadership in social studies education in Washington State. The purpose of the conference was to work toward the goal of ensuring American students learn more about Canada through the K-12 curriculum and ensure that our students have a deeper understanding of our neighbors to the north. Without a doubt, this would improve Canadian-US relations.

We are fortunate in Washington state that we have the University of Washington’s Canadian Studies Center and the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University. When Dr. Christopher Kirkey, Director of the Center for the Study of Canada at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, presented during a session on "The K-12 National Directory on Canada: A Profile," it was quite obvious that we have done some great things in Washington state regarding Canada and including it in the K-12 curriculum. It is not required, but it is an excellent option for K-12 educators to use the resources, lessons, and classroom-based assessments in their classrooms.

Ms. Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director of the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Washingotn, and Ms. Kelly Martin, Social Studies and International Education Program at the Washington state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), were on a panel on "State Perspectives on K-12: Canada and the American Curriculum." They talked about what we have been doing in Washington state and what more we can do.

Amy Wilson, International Education Programs Service and program office for Canada, served on a panel outlining the purposes of the conference. The keynote address, "Canada and International Education in the United States," was provided by Mr. Andre W. Lewis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education in the United States.

Where do we go from here? I have promised that the Washington State Council for the Social Studies will continue to support the teaching of Canada in the K-12 curriculum. This includes our Fall In-Service in Edmonds in October, the K-8 conference in late January/early February, and the spring conference in Chelan in March. We will also continue to promote UW’s and WWU’s "K-12 Study Canada" programming.

This project was supported, in part, by funding from the Center’s Title VI grant, US Department of Education, Office of International Education Programs Service.


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