(Published on 16 April 2013)

Venues and Dates for 2013 Historical Thinking Summer Institutes

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding two Summer Institutes in 2013.

These intensive six-day courses on historical thinking will be facilitated by Professor Peter Seixas, Director of the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness, and Jill Colyer, National Coordinator of The Historical Thinking Project. Our thanks to THEN/HiER for providing a number of travel bursaries for eligible participants, www.thenhier.ca/

REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL JUNE 14, 2013

July 8-13, 2013         Halifax, Nova Scotia                  3 SPOTS LEFT!

                               Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, www.pier21.ca

                               Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 1pm Saturday.

July 15-20, 2013       Toronto, Ontario                       6 SPOTS LEFT!

                               Centre for Social Innovation (CSI Spadina location), www.socialinnovation.ca/space/connect

                               Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 1pm Saturday.

(2014 venues and dates - July 7-12 Fredericton, New Brunswick; July 14-19, Montreal, Quebec)

Courses can be taken on a for-credit basis and applied to an M.Ed, or on a not-for-credit basis. Course programs listed below.

For more information, and to register online, visit the Professional Development Department of UBC, http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/courses/historical-thinking-project-2013 or contact Jill Colyer at jillcolyer@rogers.com

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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