Vancouver Police Museum and Archives
During their tenure, teacher candidates will learn and co-lead the educational programs offered by the Vancouver Police Museum and Archives. Our programs cover diverse subjects that articulate in diverse ways with social studies and science curricula. Our tours, which occur both inside the museum and outside in the neighbourhoods of historic Chinatown and Japantown, focus on Vancouver's history through the lens of policing and investigation. Our hands-on programs presently focus on investigative methods, and involve students making observations and assembling clues to solve a mystery. Teacher candidates will have opportunities to learn about the unique history of Vancouver's investigative services (the forensic scientists of the City Analyst's Laboratory, the City Coroners, and the Vancouver Police Department) and how they articulate with the broader history of the city's diverse communities. In addition to directly applying their classroom teaching skills by facilitating educational programs, teacher candidates will take on projects that build their supplementary skills -- designing classroom activities and supporting materials, for example -- whilst contributing to the museum's long-term educational resources. In 2018, teacher candidates at our museum helped design two completely new programs structured around Big Ideas and content requirements for the BC Curriculum.