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Professional Development - Summer Institute for K-12 Professionals

Québec Dimensions:

Historical, Geographic and Cultural Explorations
Summer Institute for K-12 Professionals

Begin and end in Montréal with travel to Québec City
June 23-June 28, 2013


Québec Dimensions Summer Institute for K-12 Professionals, based in the North American birthplace of New France and led by the Northeast National Resource Center on Canada, will explore:
- Could NAFTA make Québec increasingly detached from Canada and closer to the US?
 - What are possible impacts of globalization on the future of French in Canada and in Québec?
 - What ambitions does the Parti Québécois have for the province?

Learn about Québec in Québec!  It is a province with three climate regions, one of the largest rivers in the world: the St. Lawrence, and two of Canada’s important cities: Montreal – the 2nd largest French-speaking city in the world, and Québec City – a UNESCO world heritage site.   We offer the Institute in Québec because we can offer unique access to local people, officials and sites that are often off limits to the general public

Northeast National Resource Center on Canada, funded in part by the US Department of Education, offers Professional Development  and Teacher Resources.
For more information:
Betsy Arntzen, (207) 581-4225,
Amy Sotherden, (518) 564-2385,



JUNE  23th

3:30 – Convene in Montreal at the Hotel du Fort, 1390 Rue du Fort at Ste. Catherine, located in the heart of downtown Montréal

4:00-7:00  – Program begins with introductions, the goals and content of the Institute, and to introduce the Cities of Montréal and Québec, the Province of Québec, the country of Canada.  Presentations by Institute co-leaders Amy Sotherden and Betsy Arntzen, and by Institute Scholar, Dr. André Senecal.

7:30 – Group Institute dinner to follow, hosted by the Northeast National Resource Center on Canada

Overnight at  the Hotel du Fort, adjacent to the shops and restaurants


JUNE 24th

6:00-7:45 – Breakfast buffet at your leisure

7:45-8:00 -  Curriculum Part II: “Curriculum Planning Session Overview”

8:00-11:00 – Lectures by Dr. Senecal on Historic Montreal and Ethnic Montreal.  Walking/subway tour of Montreal.

12:00-1:00 – Lunch at Fourquet Fourchette

1:00-2:30 – Guided excursions into ethnic neighborhoods

2:30-5:00McCord Museum site visit, with exhibits on First Nations and the history and culture of Montreal

 5:00 on – Dinner on your own downtown, and then over to Parc Maisonneuvre to take in the Quebec National Holiday Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste / Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day Celebrations

Overnight at  the Hotel du Fort, adjacent to the shops and restaurants


JUNE 25th:

6:00-7:45 – Breakfast buffet at your leisure

8:00-1:00 – Lectures and site visits.

1:00-3:00 – Lunch and bookstores

3:00 – Arrive at VIA Rail train station to depart Montréal at 4:10 pm.  Wifi on board.

7:25 – Arrive Québec City, take cabs to the hotel.

8:00 – Dinner suggestion: Cosmos Cafe and evening on your own after check-in

Overnight in Loews Hôtel Le Concorde, Québec City
Loews Hôtel Le Concorde – 1225 Cours du Général de Montcalm, in the heart of Québec City, adjacent to the Plains of Abraham


JUNE  26th

7:00-7:45 – Breakfast at your leisure

8:00-12:00 – Walk to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for presentations by Dr. Matthew Hatvany, University of Laval

12:00-1:30 – Lunch at Chez Temporel

1:30-3:45 -  Guided site visits within the walled Old City

4:00-5:30After-hours reception at the Consulate General of the United States, Québec and Briefing by Consul General Peter O’Donohue

6:30- Dinner suggestion: Cafe Du Monde

9:30 – Suggested evening activity: Performance by Cirque du Soleil, returning to Quebec City’s Saint-Roch district to present the fourth chapter of Les Chemins invisibles event.  Free outdoor event.

Overnight in Loews Hôtel Le Concorde, Québec City


JUNE  27th

7:00-7:45 -  Breakfast buffet at Loews Hôtel

9:00-11:00 -  Walk to the Ministere des Relations internaionales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce exterieur for a briefing by Quebec Delegation staff

11:00-4:00 – Lunch on your own.  Site visits to Les Musees de la Civilisation, and to the oldest Museum in Canada, the Musee de l’Amerique francaise

4:00 – Arrive at VIA Rail train station to depart Québec City at 5:30pm,
dinner on the train

9:00 – Arrive in Montréal, check back into the Hotel du Fort

Evening on your own, downtown

Overnight at the Hotel du Fort


JUNE  28th

8:00-12:00Curriculum Part III:  Roundtable, putting it all together.  Presentations to include: “Teaching about Quebec through Film”

12:00 – Group Institute lunch  hosted by the Northeast National Resource Center on Canada

2:00 – Institute concludes

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Contact Information

Canadian Studies Outreach to K-12 Professionals - Northeast National Resource Center on Canada

MAINE: Betsy Arntzen
Canadian-American Center
154 College Ave., Orono, ME 04473

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NEW YORK: Amy Sotherden
Center for the Study of Canada/
Institute on Quebec Studies
133 Court St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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Teaching Canada
Professional Development & Instructional Resources for K-12 Professionals
Phone: (207) 581-4225 | Fax: (207) 581-4223E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System