Saskatchewan Bulletin Columns
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.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
In 2007, K-12 treaty education became mandatory in Saskatchewan with goals centred on the relationships, spirit and intent, historical context, and promises and provisions of the treaties. In 2015, several of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action for the education system were about the importance of making available age-appropriate curricula and learning resources on residential schools, treaties and the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada.
Due to the creativity of writers, publishers and educators, increasing numbers of exciting learning resources on these crucial topics are becoming available.
Friday, December 1, 2017
On October 4, 2017, a Twitter post by Emelina Minero, @CommKr8veWriter, resonated with many teachers. Entitled When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too, the author describes the case of a teacher who experienced vicarious trauma from the stories her students shared with her about abuse, hunger, violence and suicide. The article also outlines the impact of trauma on students and teachers, states the importance of working through the trauma with family, friends, colleagues and therapists, and emphasizes the importance of reducing professional isolation through finding a wellness buddy to provide support for wellness and self-care goals.
Susan E. Craig is a leading author in the trauma-sensitive schools movement. Her first book on the topic, Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children’s Lives, K-5, states that trauma-sensitive schools “emphasize safety, empowerment and collaborative partnerships between children and adults.” The author integrates research on the neurodevelopment of children and educational best practices to provide new ways of managing the behaviour of traumatized students so that they are able to learn. She also discusses the emotional work of teachers and highlights ways of promoting teacher resilience.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! Throughout this new school year, we hope that you will regularly visit the Ministry of Education’s curriculum website at www.curriculum.gov.sk.ca. From the website you can view the recommended resources that support the outcomes in the curricula you teach, as well as to find additions made to the Resources lists and to the Ministry’s free video-streaming website, Recommended Online Video Education Resources.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Your summer break may be the ideal time for you to delve into some of the latest books on curriculum, instruction, and assessment and grading. The titles that are highlighted here are just a few of the many exciting materials that are available in the Stewart Resources Centre, all of which can be located in our online catalogue.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Daily media stories about global issues such as severe weather, famines, ongoing wars and rising extremism, shifting patterns of migration and the plight of refugees, and globalization and its impact on social, political and economic structures are a constant reminder that we need to prepare students to be citizens of an increasingly interdependent and complex world.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Can 50 years really have elapsed since Canadians celebrated the 100th anniversary of Confederation? Those of us who were around then remember well Expo 67 and Bobby Gimby’s Canada song, as well as school projects and community events geared to the centennial.
Canada’s sesquicentennial provides us with many opportunities to reflect on the past, celebrate accomplishments, confront injustices and oppression, and take action towards a better future for all Canadians.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The November 2016 issue of Educational Leadership, on the theme of disrupting inequity, gives a powerful overview of the many barriers that can create opportunity gaps for students. Feature articles such as Unconscious Bias: When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough, by Sarah E. Fiarman, Let’s Talk About Racism in Schools, by Rick Wormeli, Gender Insights Coming to Your Classroom, by David Sadker and Melissa Koch, and The Schools Transgender Students Need, by Ellen Kahn, provide strategies that educators can use to foster equity in their classrooms.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
One need only read the articles in this publication, scan ThisIsTheClassroom.ca or tune in to any variety of media to see the countless ways that educators are innovators in their classrooms and schools. Their purpose is to improve learning for the students they teach by finding ways to engage them, build their critical and creative thinking abilities and foster innovative mindsets.