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Stephanie Lett

Degrees:Master of Arts in Public History (Feb 2020)

Research Essay:

Garnet’s Journey: Developing New Aids for Teaching the Topic of Residential Schools to Ontario High School Students

(a reflective essay and Educator’s Guide for the oral history website Garnet’s Journey)


Michel Hogue and John Walsh

What is your favourite thing about the program?

The incredible opportunities to do hands-on, real-world projects. As a history teacher it was wonderful for me to experience other kinds of public history work. Working with professionals, stakeholders and community members helped me grow and reflect on my practice as an educator.

What will you miss the most?

I will miss hearing the perspectives and ideas of my classmates and professors – I have learned so much from them!

What is your favourite reading/book/text from the program?

Marker, Michael. “Teaching History from an Indigenous Perspective: Four Winding Paths up the Mountain.” In New Possibilities for the Past: Shaping History Education in Canada, edited by Penney Clark, 97-112. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011.

This reading is one of many that have reshaped the way I think about the pedagogy of history. Teaching multiple perspectives means changing the way history is taught, not just the content of our curriculum.

What’s next for you?

I am currently teaching with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. I also look forward to continuing to be a part of the Garnet’s Journey project and sharing the educator’s guide I created for my MRE with teachers across Ontario.