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Monday, October 26, 2020
 
 
Greater Essex County District School Board Trustee, Shelley Harding-Smith, proposed the development of a resource which would assist teachers in the teaching of African Canadian history as an ongoing process through out the year. In cooperation with the Greater Essex County District School Board and dedicated community members the following African Canadian/Ontario Curriculum Writing Team of educators was assembled to develop such a resource.
 
Curriculum Writing Team:
 
Shantelle Browning Morgan
Debra Laforet
Ron Mutton
Teacher: Prince Edward Public School
Vice Principal: Queen Elizabeth Public School
Retired Teacher Consultant: Greater Essex County District School Board
 
Field Trips and Resource People/Guest Speaker Team:
 
Cherie Steele Sexton
Jim Walls
Teacher: A. V. Graham Public School
Principal: Taylor Public School
 
Advisors:
 
David Lynn
Rod Peturson
Acting Superintendent of Education
Superintendent of Education: Program and Instructional Services
 
The resulting document is the African-Canadian Roads to Freedom Guide - Essex/Kent County African-Canadian Connections to the Ontario Curriculum: Grades 1-8, Social Studies/History and Geography.
 
The Preface of this document states in part,

The Ontario Curriculum offers many opportunities for teachers to explore issues of heritage and diversity throughout the elementary grades.

This curriculum support document was developed to provide teachers in the Greater Essex County District School Board with information and ideas whereby the heritage, culture and contributions of African-Canadians can be highlighted in the appropriate curriculum units.
 
The full African-Canadian Roads to Freedom document can be accessed through the Greater Essex County District School Board website. To access this valuable resource simply click http://www.gecdsb.on.ca/staff/teachers/AfriCan and then choose the Roads to Freedom link.
 
To view a video clip of Nancy Allen discussing the importance of the African-Canadian Roads to Freedom document please click here.
 
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