Concentus Citizenship Education Project Manager, Lori Kindrachuk and Cathy Mills, Resource Developer, presented the final keynote presentation, Friday, May 26 at the Canadian Association of Principals Conference held in Saskatoon. The keynote highlighted the Concentus Citizenship Education pedagogy with a focus on the various components of the pedagogy and showed school administrators how an emphasis on citizenship education could provide a framework for school leadership and support school administrators in strengthening responsible citizenship in their schools and engage school communities in reconciliation.
Administrators were shown how the classroom component of the pedagogy supports teachers, K to grade 12, in leading students through structured classroom inquiries. In these explorations students learn of the many global stressors on democracy and begin to talk with one another with the goal of understanding our commonalities so that citizens can respectfully work through their differences. Administrators were also challenged to consider how citizenship discussions can become a tool to begin to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.
The Canadian Association of Principals is the national voice for Canadian Principals and advocates for school based administrators at the national level.
The Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation promotes the importance of equality, equity, and diversity that is fundamental to good citizenship and partners with educators, students, community, government leaders, and many other stakeholders to promote and realize effective citizenship education.