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A Journey with TC² to Create Engaging and Relevant Classroom Materials


Erin Williams

A couple of years ago, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) launched an effort to broaden the coverage of Asia in social studies classes in British Columbia. Our organization is mandated by the Government of Canada to promote broader and deeper ties between Canada and Asia, and to educate and inform Canadians about Asia’s growing global importance—including its importance to Canada.

Initial research revealed a dearth of coverage about Asia in Canadian social studies curricula beyond a handful of references to 20th century conflicts. Teachers would need support to broaden their coverage of Asia, and APF Canada was in a good position to provide that support.

APF Canada, however, is not an educational organization. We were quite unfamiliar with the instructional design process at the K–12 level. As such, we needed a partner with expertise in this area, and we found one in TC². In 2017, we contracted with TC² to help us develop resources to support learning about Asia in upper elementary and high school.


TC²: Our guide in the development process

When we began the materials-development process, TC² took the lead in a teacher workshop focused on the input and ideation stage. They guided us through the steps of shaping and structuring our ideas into actionable items, and then translating them into finished products. I was particularly impressed with Warren Woytuck’s understanding of how to build core thinking skills into a broad set of lessons focused on Asia.


A professional relationship

APF Canada is extremely satisfied with the resulting teaching materials: Urbanization in Asia, Canada-Asia Cooperation, Building a Modern Nation-State in Japan, and Asian Migration in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries. We were equally satisfied with the very professional nature of our relationship with TC². The consultants did an excellent job of listening to us articulate our goals and expectations, providing guidance and advice as needed, and keeping us on track. Throughout the process, TC² consultants remained both open and communicative.


Feedback from educators

Earlier this year, we solicited feedback on the finished teaching materials. Teachers’ comments were overwhelmingly positive. They remarked particularly on the thoughtful foundation of the instructional design, and on how engaging the materials would be for students. Without TC²’s know-how and expertise, we would never have produced materials that are of such high quality and that align so well with British Columbia’s re-designed curriculum.

Erin Williams
Senior Program Manager, Skills and Competencies
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada