Jill Colyer

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Jill has been a teacher and a writer of curriculum materials since 1991. As an educator, she has taught both secondary school students and adults. Her secondary school experience has been gained at a number of schools within the Waterloo Region Board of Education in Ontario, and at Taylor’s College in Malaysia. Her work in adult education includes working with teachers upgrading their qualifications through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and working with student teachers from a variety of faculties of education.

Jill's work in curriculum development includes the writing of courses, textbooks, teaching guides, and assessment tools. Jill's publications include seven secondary school texts for civics, globalization, nationalism, sociology, and history courses in Ontario and Alberta. Her most recent text, Creating Canada, weaves historical thinking concepts and language throughout the historical narrative.

Jill has also been a writer and editor for the CBC since 1996. As a writer for the CBC educational and current affairs program News in Review, she has covered stories ranging from the economic crisis in Zimbabwe to gang wars in British Columbia. She has also contributed to the series Geologic Journey and the film John A: Birth of a Nation.

Selected publications

Colyer, J., Cecillon, J., Draper, G., & Hoogeveen, M. (2010). Creating Canada: A History — 1914 to the Present. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

Colyer, J. (2008). Exploring Nationalism - Teacher’s Resource. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

Colyer, J. (2007). "Economic globalization, economic internationalism, and challenges and opportunities of economic globalization. " In P. Perry-Globa, P. Weeks, D. Yoshida, & V. Zelinski, Living in a Globalizing World (178-231). Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Colyer, J. (2007). The Great Lakes - Teacher’s Resource. Series: Geologic Journey. Toronto: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Bolotta, A., Keirstead, M., Colyer, J., Costello, C., & Pisani, S. (2006.) Active Citizen: You Can Make a Difference. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

What is a Benchmark?

<p>John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising &amp; Marketing History,<br />Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections</p>

A surveyor cut a "benchmark" into a stone or a wall when measuring the altitude and/or level of a tract of land. A bracket called a "bench" was secured in the cut to mount the surveying equipment, and all subsequent measurements were made in reference to the position and height of that mark.

The term "benchmark" was first used around 1842 to refer to a standard of quality by which achievement may be measured.

The foundation documents available through the Benchmarks site attempt to help teachers establish standards for assessing student learning of the modes of thought that constitute historical thinking.

John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History,
Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections