Saskatchewan Bulletin Columns
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Our world has been turned upside down as teaching and learning, our mental and emotional health, and economic well-being have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The vulnerabilities in our social and economic structures have been starkly revealed causing us to rethink their sustainability and to reflect on the lessons learned. The past few months have also demonstrated the kindness, resilience, adaptability and creativity of educators and families who are working together to meet the needs of students in these difficult times.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
December 2019 was a memorable month for the Emma Stewart Resources Centre and Pathways to Learning staff. It was the culmination of a year of planning and preparing for the move to the new Arbos Centre for Learning at 2311 Arlington Avenue in Saskatoon.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
A core professional challenge for teachers is designing instruction that reaches the hearts and minds of students and that also meets curriculum outcomes. Several recent books provide a variety of frameworks to support the complex and rich practice of planning thoughtful and engaging unit and lesson plans.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Given that schools in Saskatchewan are welcoming increasing numbers of culturally diverse, newcomer students, it is ever more important that we examine our own cultural assumptions and adopt culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy.
The September 2019 issue of Education Canada focused on the theme of culturally relevant teaching. Articles such as Cultivating Community: Building Relationships Through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, by Laryssa Gorecki, Developing Intercultural Competence: A Shift in Thinking, by Johanne Mednick Myles, Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy: How One School Moved Forward, by Stephen Hurley, and (Trans-multi) Culturally Responsive Education: A Critical Framework for Responding to Student Diversity, by Latika Raisinghani, each provide pertinent approaches for learning to communicate in affirmative and inclusive ways with students who are linguistically and culturally diverse.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Welcome to the new school year! Whether you are beginning your first year of teaching or are a more experienced teacher or principal, we encourage you to check out the resources and services available at the Stewart Resources Centre.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
In an age of unprecedented access to information, misleading news, misinformation, conspiracy theories, propaganda and pseudo-science, it is essential that students are taught to differentiate fact from fiction through developing critical thinking and media and digital literacy skills. These skills not only assist students in becoming well-informed citizens, but they are also essential in protecting our democratic values, institutions and democracy itself.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
At a recent anti-poverty conference in Regina, sociologist Paul Gingrich cited statistics from his report Poverty in Saskatchewan–2016 which is based on Statistics Canada data. He noted that 31,000 children in Saskatchewan live in poor households, but that number does not include First Nations children living on-reserve. However, a 2016 Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report by David Macdonald and Daniel Wilson entitled Shameful Neglect: Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada indicates that a shocking 60 percent of First Nations children living on-reserve live in poverty, while the children of immigrants also have a high child poverty rate of 32 percent.
Friday, September 14, 2018
“We’re part of a community; Our strength is our diversity; A shelter from adversity; All are welcome here.”
The verse above is contained in a new children’s book entitled All Are Welcome, which was written by Alexandra Penfold and illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman. The story features a group of children as they proceed through their school day and shows the ways they are welcomed and included by teachers and the school community.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
It has been 77 years since Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” which combines the Greek prefix genos, meaning race, with the Latin suffix -cide, meaning killing. He developed the term in response to the Holocaust, as well as in response to other historical events aimed at the destruction of particular groups of people. Lemkin was also instrumental in having genocide recognized and codified as an international crime in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.