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 28-July 3, 2015


  • Begins and ends in Montréal with travel to Québec City
  • Registration fee: $649 includes double-occupancy at 4-star hotels, transportation when in Québec, site visits, some meals.
  • Graduate Credit Option: pay an additional $263 plus complete a project to receive one graduate credit, offered through Plymouth (NH) State University.


Québec Dimensions Summer Institute for K-12 Professionals, is based in the North American birthplace of New France and led by the Northeast National Resource Center on Canada.

“Looking at an atlas, a student might see Québec as one of the 10 provinces of Canada, similar to one of the 50 U.S. states.  However a more in depth study of its history, geography, language and culture through the Québec Dimensions Institute and required readings, helps one appreciate it as a nation within the country of Canada.”  [M.H., past participant]


Invitation to all teachers, curriculum coordinators, and administrators of social studies, geography, history and French to experience Canada’s largest province and gain preparation for teaching about Canada in your state’s curriculum.

Québec Dimensions provides foundations in history and geography with contemporary cultural insights through first-hand experiences. The Canadian and Québec content taught by Institute academic specialists is designed to support educators of  Social Studies, World History, Comparative Cultures, AP History, North American Geography, and all levels of French language curriculum.

Institute content is designed to meet Common Core, C3, and state standards with Canadian content.

Take advantage of in-depth briefings, site visits and walking tours in Montréal, the world’s 2nd largest French-speaking city, and in Québec City, a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Rolling applications accepted through April 15th or until full.

“Without doubt, the Institute has provided me with a much more profound understanding of the linguistic, and cultural differences that exist among us North Americans caused by geography, climate, history, language and religion.”  [VH, past participant]


JUNE  28th

3:30 – Convene in Montreal at a downtown hotel, register.

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.

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

JUNE 29th

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

8:00-11:00 – Lectures by Canadian Studies and Québec Studies scholars 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 and evening on your own

JUNE 30th:

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 a downtown hotel.

JULY  1st

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

6:30– Dinner suggestion: Cafe Du Monde, evening on your own

JULY  2nd

7:00-7:45 –  Breakfast

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

Evening on your own, downtown

JULY  3rd

8:00-12:00 – 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

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,