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Philippine Arts and Social Studies in the Ontario Curriculum Project


The Philippine Arts and Social Sciences in the Ontario Curriculum (PASSOC) project is a collaboration between the Toronto Catholic District School Board and York University. The project has created curriculum content that reflects the cultural identity of the large and growing population of Filipino students in the school system in the Greater Toronto Area. The content of the curriculum affirms Filipino experiences and identities and supports the larger equity goal of culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy.


The curriculum materials developed by the project provide classroom-ready material relating to the Philippines and Filipino communities in Canada for Grade 6 Social Studies, Grade 6-8 Dance, and Grade 8 Geography. 

On Thursday, March 8, a PASSOC launch event was held, featuring presentations and demonstrations by the researchers and teachers who wrote the PASSOC curriculum materials.


The PASSOC project is supported by: Canadian Heritage Canada 150 Fund, York University Canada 150 Fund, Social Sciences and Humanities Resesarch Council of Canada, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, and Canada 150 | Unity in Diversity:Fusion of Communities in Canada.


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