STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators
Across the Salish Sea: Canada-US Connections in the Pacific Northwest


What did past participants think about “STUDY CANADA”?
“Any teacher who is responsible for covering Canada in their classroom should become a STUDY CANADA participant. The excellent presenters and resources will only enhance your knowledge of Canada. This is a 5-star program!”  – Kathie Morsette, CO (2015)

Why have so many American K-12 educators participated in STUDY CANADA?
The U.S. today faces unprecedented demand for globally competent citizens and professionals. To this end, U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants support language training programs and area studies, including Canada, so that students learn more about the world and transnational trends. The U.S.D.O.E.-designated Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada offers the STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators annually to provide American educators with an excellent foundation for teaching about our vital political, economic, environmental and cultural relationships with Canada. Important outcomes have always included gaining global perspectives of civic issues, receiving numerous resources for classroom use, and developing curricula that meet Common Core, C3 and state standards.

Program Information

“STUDY CANADA” is a renowned 6-day professional development Victoria_Parliamentprogram that provides American teachers with an excellent foundation for teaching about our northern neighbor and our important relationship. For almost 40 years, educators from across the U.S. have participated in the workshop to learn about core social studies topics related to Canada—such as geography, history, government, and economics—from university faculty and other experts. Cultural components include a series of unique learning experiences that reflect the ties that bind the U.S. and Canada as cultural cousins, political neighbors, environmental stewards of the continent, and as trade partners with strong ties to Pacific Rim nations. Important outcomes include development of curricula that meets Common Core and state-based standards, gaining global perspectives of civic issues, and receiving numerous resources for classroom use.

  • Receive great value: the $650 registration fee (subject to change) includes a choice of 3 WWU undergraduate quarter credits (C/AM 410) or 40 WA State-issued clock hours, 4N hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner as well as ferry transportation across the Salish Sea. Participant costs are substantially subsidized by grant funding at a cost of approximately $1,000 USD per person.
  • Stay at the iconic Edgewater Hotel in Seattle and the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria.
  • Participate in a series of core content sessions by university faculty, government officials, and a Victoria Native Friendship Centre liaison.
  • Witness history and trans-border cultural connections via experiential learning opportunities in both Seattle and Victoria.
  • Learn about parliamentary democracy with special sessions in the B.C. Legislative Assembly.
  • Gain tools to create your own PowerPoint presentation on Canada suitable for students or even colleagues, if interested in becoming a STUDY CANADA Teacher Associate with NRC support for regional presentations.   
  • Receive multiple classroom materials that will improve curriculum connections to Canada.
  • Several travel awards are available to registered participants only. See eligibility rules below.
  • Develop a standards-based lesson plan for posting online — required if earning credit or receiving a travel award. 

Registration Information

Registration opens November 1, 2016 and closes May 1, 2017 or earlier. The registration fee of $650 (subject to change) is due with registration. This cost includes all course fees, instruction, 4 nights’ hotel lodging, 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, most activities, one-way transfer to Pier 69 and Victoria Clipper transportation between Seattle and Victoria. To allow travel flexibility, the program ends in Victoria, B.C. If not planning to return via Seattle, please inform the K12 Outreach Team. Booking an “Underground Seattle” tour or bus excursion to Butchart Gardens must be arranged independently. The Detailed Program Guide pdf below offers additional information about travel.

Supplemental Fees and Accommodations:
Rooms at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, WA and the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC, have two beds shared by two same-sex participants. A $650 supplemental fee is required for a private room. If a non-registered companion joins you, a $750 supplemental fee is required for lodging, some activities, transfer and one-way transportation on the Victoria Clipper.

Documents and Related Information


Primary Sponsors: The U.S. Department of Education supports the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center for Canada (Western Washington University and the University of Washington) with funding from a Title VI Program Grant.


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