Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Building positive relationships with students and staff is a fundamental principle of the teaching profession, one that is even more important in these challenging pandemic times. Whether you are in a face-to-face school environment or teaching virtually, those who feel supported by caring connections with educators and peers feel a sense of belonging that can lead to a successful school year.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
For the past year, we have been immersed in a McDowell research project focused on the experiences of female educational leaders in Saskatchewan.
As two administrators midway through our careers, we have had several common experiences and wonderings that led us to explore this topic more thoroughly. Over six months we interviewed nine current female school and division-based administrators and focused on the following questions:
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
It would hardly qualify as an anniversary to celebrate, but rather one that only tends to remind one of the lost opportunities in the past two decades.
Yes folks, I’m talking about it is fast approaching 20 years since Dr. Michael Tymchak, then the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, shared the findings of the exhaustive Role of the School Task Force Report which led to the notion of SchoolPLUS and was envisioned as the ultimate integrated support system.
Friday, October 2, 2020
Using a metaphor to describe educational leadership is not necessarily a new idea. Most of us can recall comparing school leaders to an orchestra conductor, a gardener or a parent in our university graduate classes.
A metaphor, aptly stated, is powerful. Novelist Stephen King says that metaphors enable us to “see an old thing in a new and vivid way.” We use metaphors to process the unfamiliar. A well-placed metaphor enables us to connect and look at, and make sense of, new information and experiences with something familiar. Researchers Maguire and Braun (2019) tell us that metaphors can offer a new way of thinking about leadership and that school leaders in particular use metaphors to paint a story as they process and envision changing and anxious times.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
As we move inexorably closer to the October 26 provincial election, it has become crystal clear that K-12 public education has surfaced as a major issue for both the ruling Saskatchewan Party and the Opposition NDP to ponder.
With that in mind, the Saskatchewan Bulletin is publishing the comments of Education Minister Gord Wyant and Education Critic Carla Beck on a select few questions. These focused on the importance of class size and complexity, the inequity when it comes to digital access, the all but moribund philosophy of SchoolPLUS and their respective visions for the future of public education.