ERAC, the Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium, is, “A consortium of BC public school districts and independent schools that work together cooperatively. The goal is to ensure that BC K-12 schools have access to appropriate learning resources at the best possible price. ERAC also provides the training and support required to maximize the benefits of the membership.”
ERAC provides professional learning support for the BC Digital Classroom as well as other evaluated and licensed products. These resources are available to schools in British Columbia; therefore, HCOS has access to them. Through ERAC, we also have access to the K-12 Resource Collection, a huge list of books which has been evaluated by teachers and the Ministry for BC students’ use.
Here is a 2-1/2-minute explanation of the BC Digital Classroom Resources:
In this site, scroll down the page to find the “Making Connections with the Revised Curriculum” heading and a bar like this:
You can choose the Subject from this list and the grade from the sliding bar:
To access the Curriculum Connections in the BC Digital Classroom information: You can use the menu across the top, or if your device is smaller, you will click on the “hamburger” icon to find the same menu, as shown below. Access to these resources does not require a login.
Go to BC ERAC K-12 Resource Collection. No login is required.
You can search this site by keyword or by choosing the filters underneath the search box, as shown below:
This page will give you a very brief description of the books that teachers have assessed for Ministry use. Teachers can log in to access more detailed information. E.g. “Speaking Our Truth: a Journey of Reconciliation” shows this assessment:
Scroll down to choose “Subscriptions Correlations” and the button to the Subscriptions Correlations Page.
Parents and teachers should be able to access the information on this page without needing to log in to the ERAC site. To access the complete Ministry assessment of book reviews, teachers would need to set up an account in the site.
First Peoples Principles of Learning This is a poster to illustrate how the First Peoples view learning.
From the Ministry of Education, we find the Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom. – Moving Forward
For First Peoples classroom resources visit: First Nations Education Steering Committee
K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection
Go to “Menu” in the upper right-hand corner.
Choose “Education & Curriculum”, then choose ERAC K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection.[Note: HCOS teachers will want to set up an account in BC ERAC, using their HCOS email, so that they can see more of each evaluation than just the beginning.]
You will see that “Aboriginal” is one of the headings available (screenshot below). You can choose “Authentic Aboriginal” in the keyword section , or ‘aboriginal’ from the dropdown filters list of these resources to find a great variety of books available. (You can also search in OverDrive in the Learning Commons digital library for resources).
There are good helps at the Curriculum Connection link. You will find one example for most grades that highlight possible connections for First Peoples Principles in Learning and Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom.
Choose “Log in” at the top of the page, then create an account and sign in. In this site, scroll down the page to find “Education & Curriculum” then scroll down again to “References” and the “Curriculum Connections” heading. Note: “Supporting Aboriginal Connections” is included in the many examples on this page. For example:
Use the bar above to indicate the subject and grade in which you are interested.
For example, choosing Social Studies and Grade 3 brought me to this screen, which encourages me to use the World Book “Timelines” site to teach my “Big Idea”.
Integrating Aboriginal Education
“Taking Your Seat at the Fire”, a 32-minute video embedded below, continues the conversation around culturally responsive resources. Leona Prince, Professional Learning Team Member, shares with us ways in which we embed Aboriginal perspectives into all parts of the curriculum in a meaningful and authentic manner. Here is a quick tour of ERAC resources that can be used to support Aboriginal perspectives. This video in segments can be found at: Bridging Worldviews: Creating Entry Points into Aboriginal Education
Here is the presentation on Aboriginal Education from the IT4K12 conference in 2018 by Leona Prince:
Under “Education & Curriculum”, scroll down to look for “Curriculum Supports” to find integrated units on Air, Earth, Fire and Water.