OFSHEEA Wants Your Ideas

Do you have an article, resource or idea you would like to contribute to the tri-annual newsletter, OFSHEEA Ideas?

Newsletter entries can be submitted via email to newsletter@ofsheea.ca. 


In recognition of Celiac Awareness Month, teacher's can do a food labs that are gluten free.  Hummus is a wonderfully nutritious snack and very simple to make.  I like watching the recipe videos with my class from www.allrecipes.com because not only does it cater to the visual learners, but it's also inspiring to watch these meals come to life.  Here's a quick video on how to make hummus - it's so simple!  I will definitely be doing a Gluten Free lab this month with my class!  
How to Make Hummus
Gluten Free Recipes

Isabel Marques-Kontos

Newsletter Editor


This week's resource email comes from Jennifer Hill:

Want a great clip that addressing the social impact of technology and students personal devices? Watch "Look Up" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY 

Written, performed, and directed by Gary Turk. It's a spoken word (5 min) film that addresses the impact that social media has on our relationships. It is a great discussion piece for a Challenge and Change HSB 4M Overall Expectation B3.

May is Celiac Awareness Month. It is a great time to discuss food trends and diets. Although there is a large group of people who consume "gluten free" diets for medical reasons, there is a large portion of the population who have picked up on the gluten free fad. I recently showed this clip from Jimmy Kimmel live to my HFA 4U/4C class as we were discussing nutrition throughout the lifecycle and adults attempt at "fad" diets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdJFE1sp4Fw 

It involves interviews of various individuals on the street who admit they consume gluten free diets. However, when they are asked what gluten is they have no idea what it is. It really speaks to the misinformation associated with at gluten free lifestyle. If you want a great short clip that explains what is gluten try using https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6CK_QlagWA 


Students face an increasingly complex financial reality as they begin to navigate the workforce and experience life post-graduation. Secondary-school educators are well-positioned to support students by helping them develop financial literacy skills.  In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the relevance of financial literacy to students’ lives and the impact it has on their future well-being.  Key topics in financial literacy will be explored with a focus on the Health and Physical Education and the Social Sciences and Humanities curricula, and considerations for engaging in conversations that can be challenging will be discussed.  Participants will also take a look at various online resources including Financial Literacy GAINS to support the integration of financial literacy with the implementation of the secondary curriculum.

This webinar will take place on Monday April 28th at 12pm. This will be a 1 hour workshop, plus 15 minute (optional) Q&A, and include a short survey regarding your experience. Please RSVP before Wednesday, April 23rd at 12pm, by emailing Kaitlyn Kaminski at 

Early bird registration for the IFHE Council Meeting being held in London, Ontario this July ends on March 15.  Click on IFHE Council Meeting for further details and registration instructions.  




Going through the soft roll-out of the new and revised social sciences and humanities curriculum, OFSHEEA would like to be part of your journey as you revise, network and share with other professionals in the field. In preparation for the mandatory implementation of our curriculum beginning September 2014, OFSHEEA would like to offer some summer workshops!

Do you have great ideas that you would be willing to share with other OFSHEEA members that will meet the expectations for the new curriculum? Or do you have great ideas that would help support teachers new to Family Studies? If so, please consider presenting a workshop in the summer of 2014!

The Ontario Family Studies/Home Economics Educators' Association is looking for enthusiastic and dynamic speakers (or team of speakers) to prepare and present workshops during the summer of 2014.

Potential topics include:

NEW grade 10 fashion course: Clothing (HNL2O). Basic "How To" associated with techniques and technologies used to create garments and accessories--for teachers with no sewing experience (minimum 10 registrants, maximum 20 registrants).

Basic "How To" for teachers with little or no experience in running food and nutrition labs and classes (minimum 10 registrants, maximum 20 registrants). Meet the expectations for the REVISED grade 10 Food and Nutrition (HFN2O).

NEW Food & Culture course (HFC3M &HFC3L). Cooking techniques, foods, and cultural traditions of world cuisines. Explore the origins of and developments in diverse food traditions.

Creating and Celebrating Diversity in Canadian Families--focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada's diverse society. Meet the expectations for the REVISED Families in Canada course (HHS4U & HHS4C).

NEW Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice course (HSE4M). Analyse strategies for bringing about positive social change by focusing on historical and contemporary equity and social justice issues in Canada and globally.

NEW Gender Studies course (HSG3M). Impact of representations of women and men in the media, popular culture, and the arts. Analyze a range of gender equity issues.

Integrating Research and Inquiry Skills in Family Studies/Social Science courses

Incorporating Financial Literacy in Family Studies Courses

Integrating Technology in the Social Sciences and Humanities/Family Studies Classroom

Other workshop topics covering new courses in the curriculum are welcome!

Please run your idea by our Future Directions Director for consideration. Workshops are to take place in early July, but will depend on facility availability. Payment not to exceed $1000.

Presenters or teams of presenters should prepare and submit an outline of their proposed workshop to OFSHEEA. The following components should be included in the proposal and the workshop:

Welcome and Introduction Activities

Background Information

Course challenges / Challenges related to the topic

Course (or topic) specific details (strategies, activities, assignments, labs, etc. that can be completed and used – provide examples.)

Assessment and evaluation strategies for the course or related to the topic

Course culminating activity

Resource sharing


Additional Information

All workshop materials must be submitted in electronic form to the OFSHEEA editor well in advance of the workshop. The presenter will make revisions to workshop materials as suggested by the OFSHEEA editor. Copyrighted material can be referred to during the workshop, but may not be submitted as part of the written materials package. All workshop materials must meet Ministry standards. All workshop materials become the property of OFSHEEA and may be published and/or sold at future OFSHEEA events.

Interested presenters or teams of presenters should send workshop proposals in electronic form to the OFSHEEA Future Directions Director, Roula Hawa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please be sure to include your contact information. Proposals must be submitted by March 15, 2014 Please contact Roula Hawa if you require further details.



Upcoming Conferences

OFSHEEA 2020 Virtual Conference: Family Studies Throughout the Lifespan: September 26th

Check out the conference pages for more information.


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