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November 11-12, 2016












OAGEE is pleased to announce the 2016 Fall Conference at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario on November 11 & 12. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Power of the Map’, reflecting not only that it is the International Year of the Map, but also the importance that maps play within the geography curriculum and classrooms in Ontario.

Registration to the Fall Conference will include:

Two days brimming with inspirational and highly relevant professional learning opportunities;

  • A powerful keynote address from Helen Scott, Director of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto;
  • Access to the Marketplace, featuring the latest geographic resources and services;
  • The revealing of Canadian Geographic’s newest Giant Floor Map – Natural Resources Canada (celebrating the significant role GIS and geospatial technologies play in our day-to-day lives;
  • Unlimited networking opportunities with over 200 educators, education leaders, and exhibitors from across Ontario.

Registration for the Fall Conference will commence shortly after the first week back to school in September.

Keep checking back to the Fall Conference website for updated information and announcements.

The 2016 Fall Conference Committee is encouraging all registrants to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). There will be on hand some Apple IPad’s that can be loaned out for the day, however, workshops that are using ArcGIS Online work better with a laptop device. All registrants will have access to WIFI.
Presenters will need to bring their own devices to present from as workshop rooms are only equipment with Apple TV, projectors, speakers, and flat screen televisions. TCS will provide adaptors if a presenter happens to bring a PC laptop, otherwise, MACs can connect best through AirPlay.



Ontario Inquiry-pac Grade 7 Geography unit
Physical Patterns in a Changing World

Are you searching for a way to engage students in realistic yet hopeful discussions about our physical environments and the changing patterns created by human impact?

This package of dynamic online resources provides everything you need to implement the new Ontario grade 7 geography strand A curriculum through exciting, ongoing inquiry with your students. Including 17 lessons and all required teacher and student materials, this unit guides students in considering the overarching question: How should we respond to our changing Earth? The ongoing critical challenge for students throughout the unit is to create a compelling multi-media “message to the world” to communicate powerful ideas and inspiring examples that will help us respond sustainably to our changing Earth. The broad understandings nurtured include:

  • Humans have always lived in response to Earth’s physical patterns.
  • The physical world is changing because of natural and human activity.
  • The global community can learn to respond sustainably to the opportunities and challenges presented by our changing environment.

TC2 worked for over a year to develop a cascading curriculum plan that incorporates the curriculum expectations and highlights current and relevant geographic issues and themes.  In addition, TC2 is committed to incorporating more First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives into the unit.



Check out our blog designed to support TDSB and OAGEE Canadian and World Studies teachers grade 7 - 12. 





Sunday, March 6, 2016
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
This year's theme, "Mining our Business" will have teachers exploring two important areas in the fields of education and industry, those being, safety and skills development. Registration is now open!

Often we fail to recognize the contributions of our fellow teachers as they develop new approaches to enhance teaching effectiveness in order to improve students’ learning.  This teacher has contributed a lifetime’s worth of work towards the betterment of Geographic and Environmental Education.

OAGEE continually seeks to improve geographic & environmental education in the Province of Ontario. 

The 2015 OAGEE Award of Distinction was presented to

Anne Smith Mansfield

The OAGEE Award of Distinction is presented to an Ontario Educator who is passionate about and exemplifies great Geographic education within the Province of Ontario. 



Shawn Hughes and Anne Smith Mansfield  

RCGS Fellows: Mike Farley, John Geiger, Anne Smith Mansfield, Lew French, Kim Wallace, Paul VanZant 

Many Fellows from the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (R.C.G.S.) attended the conference and recognized Anne for her contributions to Geographic education in Ontario. Only 2 years ago, the R.C.G.S. recognized Anne Smith Mansfield for her significant contributions to geographic literacy in Canada with the 2013 Geographic Literacy Award. 

Finding an educator that is more enthusiastic about Geography and a better role model to instruct future geography teachers would be a challenge to say the least. Here is a list of achievements that Anne has accomplished to date as a Geography Educator in Ontario:
- nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching Award for her outstanding commitment to the education of pre-service teachers. This is the highest award presented to instructors from the teaching candidates at the Queen’s University Faculty of Education
- selected by Canadian Geographic Education (CGE) and the educational network of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) to attend a month long leadership institute sponsored by National Geographic Society (NGS) in Washington DC
- served as a representative on CGE/RCGS and OAGEE
- coordinated a CGE/RCGS summer institute program and an OAGEE Fall Conference
- taught the B.Ed. practicum course at Queen's University Faculty of Education 
-leader/lecturer on NGS cruise ship "Nantucket Clipper" that traveled from Atlantic Canada to Lake ON
- served on a variety of CGE/RCGS committees including the development of the Canadian Geography Standards project 
- single-handedly brought the NGS Giant Travelling Map to Canada. Anne pioneered the use of the NGS "giant map" program in Canada and provided guidance to CGE/RCGS as they adapted the NGS map program for Canada
- named to the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) – College of Fellows for her dedication to informing Canadians and the world about this country.
Recently Anne was part of a team that developed new standards for the Ontario College of Teachers B.Ed. Geography program. Currently, she teaches the Intermediate/Senior B.Ed. Geography program at the Queen's University Faculty of Education and serves as the Faculty of Education representative on the OAGEE council.

OAGEE would like to thank the 2015 Fall Conference Committee @ the University of Toronto Schools for a very successful conference. I hope that these folks have an opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved rest as they've spent the last year planning this conference in order to provide our teachers with current and relevant professional development. Great work team!

  Shawn Hughes, Lew French, Linda Gollick, Paul Hackl, Ling Wong, Torie Abbots, Mike Farley (Conference Chair), Richard Cook, Ewan Geddes