Historical Thinking Institute

2021 Virtual Historical Thinking Institute

For over a decade the Historical Thinking Project in collaboration with Canada’s History and other partners have organized an annual Historical Thinking Summer Institute in different cities across Canada. The intensive weeklong institute has been attended by teachers, graduate students, curriculum developers, professional development leaders, historians, and museum educators who wanted to enhance their understanding of historical thinking and their expertise in designing history programs, courses, units, lessons, projects, or educational resources that explicitly focus on historical thinking.

In order to make the Historical Thinking Institute more accessible for educators, less expensive, and more aligned with effective professional learning practices, the 2021 Historical Thinking Institute will be offered online for the first time. Participants are invited to participate in eight synchronous and interactive workshops that will be held in English and French once per month from September 2021 until April 2022.

The first workshop will introduce the basics of historical thinking, and each of the following six sessions will focus on one of six historical thinking concepts included in the historical thinking framework conceptualized by Dr. Peter Seixas: evidence and interpretations, significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, perspective-taking, and the ethical dimension of history. In the final session participants will reflect on their learning from the previous sessions, share examples of how they are applying historical thinking in their context, and identify next steps for implementing historical thinking in their context.

In each workshop, presenters will use relevant examples to introduce key aspects of historical thinking and share resources and learning activities that can be used to teach and assess historical thinking. Participants will be invited to join breakout rooms with other participants where they will share experiences, deepen their understanding, generate new ideas for teaching and assessing historical thinking, and discuss important issues and challenges.


The Virtual Historical Thinking Institute will be hosted on Zoom.

Both the English and French sessions will be held at 7pm ET / 4pm PT on the second or third Wednesday of each month.

  • September 15, 2021: Introduction to Historical Thinking
  • October 13, 2021: Historical Significance
  • November 17, 2021: Evidence and Interpretation
  • December 15, 2021: Historical Perspectives
  • January 19, 2022: Continuity and Change
  • February 16, 2022: Cause and Consequence
  • March 16, 2022: The Ethical Dimension
  • April 13, 2022: Sharing Learning and Next Steps​link opens in new window


Dr. Lindsay Gibson, University of British Columbia
Dr. Catherine Duquette, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Laurie Pageau, PhD Candidate, Université Laval
Dr. James Miles, Teachers College, Columbia University

Fees and refund policy

Fees: $105 ($100 + $5 GST)

Includes: Registration for eight virtual workshops and a free historical thinking resource from the Critical Thinking Consortium:

Participants who attend all eight sessions will be given a certificate of completion.

Please note that should the course be cancelled, a full refund will be issued. To withdraw from the 2021 Institute, please submit a written notice to be eligible for a full refund (less an administration fee). 

Register now!

For more information contact:
Brooke Campbell, Acting Director of Programs, Canada’s History


Facebook Group: Historical Thinking Summer Institutelink opens in new windowlink opens in new windowlink opens in new window

To help everyone connect before and after the HTI we have created a private Facebook group for HTI participants from the past and present. It’s a private group, so you will have to request to join the group. Once you have registered for the HTI click on the link above and request access to the group. 

Once you join the group feel free to ask questions, make comments, introduce yourself, or share information about accommodation, activities, and restaurants. 


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