Monday, March 30, 2020
An abundance of research produced over the past decade demonstrates unequivocally the causal relationship between the intensification of teacher workload and the undermining of teacher well-being, broadly defined. Equally, survey after survey shows that in the face of this reality, both teachers and school leaders remain thoroughly committed to the goals of their profession, their students, their colleagues, their parents, their community and to public education writ large.
However, recent research also suggests that teachers have a tipping point when it comes to maximizing the variables of workload and commitment. Consequently, principals today are asking themselves, what can I do to assure teachers that their visionary, passionate and monumentally important work is making a difference in a world of ever-tightening restraints and ever-expanding responsibilities within the professional environment?
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Reconciliation is a word that is frequently referenced among educators, but Regina teacher Denee Repski felt strongly that merely talking about it was not sufficient.
In an effort to bring a real-world feel to her 28 English Language Arts 30 students at Campbell Collegiate, the whole idea behind her McDowell Foundation funded research project, History Underground: The Road to Reconciliation, was to actually make Regina’s rather infamous North Central area the de facto classroom.
Friday, March 20, 2020
On March 18, 2020 the Government of Saskatchewan had planned to release its 2020-21 Budget. Given the emergence of COVID-19 in the province, the government instead presented estimates for 2020-21. Estimates present the government’s spending plans for the upcoming year, but do not include projections on revenue.
Total education expense is estimated at $2.6 billion, representing an increase of $86 million (3.5 percent), compared to 2019-20. This includes:
Friday, March 20, 2020
Videos continue to be popular educational media for teachers and students alike. Not only do they provide pertinent content, but they also have the power to engage the emotions and to foster visual and auditory learning.
The Ministry of Education’s Recommended Online Video Educational Resources (or ROVER) streaming video service provides free access for Saskatchewan teachers and students to scores of high-quality videos in both English and French (the French equivalent is called REVEL).
To access them, visit https://rover.edonline.sk.ca/. By using the search box, you can quickly determine what titles are available.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
As you read this, teachers across the province have withdrawn from all extra- curricular and voluntary services until further notice as the long-standing impasse with the provincial government shows little sign of abating.
Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President, Patrick Maze, in making the announcement, described the situation as “extremely frustrating that government admits there is a problem but refuses to address it.”
Maze blamed the government for pushing the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee to resort to this course of action following the latest face-to-face meeting with Education Minister Gord Wyant.