For Teachers

Many great resources for Ontario teachers.

Since its founding in 1888, The Ontario Historical Society has been committed to education. In fact, in 1899, the Society received its first government grant from the Ministry of Education – in the amount of $500 – to begin publishing materials related to the province’s past! Today, the Society continues in its mandate to preserve, promote, and educate about Ontario’s multi-faceted history. Become a member of The Ontario Historical Society and support your local heritage!

The Ontario Historical Society has many great resources for Ontario Teachers – select a program below to learn more.

Ontario Heritage Directory

This database of over 1,600 contacts will help connect your classroom to its local history! Find nearby museums, archives, historic sites, libraries, and historical societies. Why not….

  • Have students use the online directory to research their local history sites?
  • Invite a member of your local historical society to act as a guest speaker in the classroom?
  • Contact a local heritage group to have them visit your class?
  • Discover First Nations groups near you and across Ontario?
  • You can now view our directory as a map – a whole new way to discover Ontario’s heritage!

History Educator Webinars

The Ontario Historical Society has offered professional development webinars for educators in partnership with the Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers’ Association (OESSTA) and the Ontario History and Social Sciences Teachers’ Association (OHASSTA). These sessions were designed for teachers wanting to learn more about new approaches to teaching within Ontario’s newly revised History and Social Studies and Canada and World Studies curricular standards.

Recordings of both webinars are available now (free).

Reading and Remembrance Program

The Reading and Remembrance Program offers dozens of free bilingual lessons and activities that help promote literacy development in junior- and intermediate-level classes, while promoting student awareness of Canadian Remembrance history.

Readings have strong cross-curricular connections, including visual arts and social studies and have strong cross-cultural themes suitable for black history month, women’s history month, etc.

This resource was developed for educators by educators. Learn more at www.readingandremembrance.ca

Forging Freedom Program

The Forging Freedom Program offers lesson and activity materials related to Ontario’s black history.
These materials were developed in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade, in honour of this important landmark in the struggle for human dignity.