Saskatchewan Bulletin Columns
Thursday, April 2, 2020
The Lloydminster Catholic School Division is celebrating providing French immersion to Lloydminster students for the past 35 years.
École St. Thomas held its annual Carnaval February 4 to 7, and it was their biggest yet with French immersion alumni visiting the school to celebrate the program’s past.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Over the past five years, the Following Their Voices initiative has been successful in improving First Nations, Métis and Inuit student credit attainment and grad rates. The Government of Saskatchewan said in a recent news release that it is encouraged by the positive results it is seeing at the 34 Saskatchewan schools that are participating in the initiative.
Since FTV has been put into place in these classrooms, positive outcomes of the initiative include a 20 percent increase in credit attainment and an 11.8 percent increase in three-year graduation rates.
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
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.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
You do not have to draw a road map for Ben Grebinski when it comes to succinctly explaining where the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents fits into the overall education landscape in the province.
After all, the man has been involved in the education sector in one capacity or another for 44 years, and the recent LEADS Annual Policy Conference saw him presiding over his first such event as the organization’s executive director.
When asked where LEADS fits into things in the current climate of teacher unrest with the provincial government, Grebinski had no hesitation in concurring that, as always, LEADS finds itself right in the middle as per usual.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Grade 6 teacher Danielle Vankoughnett was excited to be invited to participate in a one-year research project to explore how rural teachers can incorporate Indigenous culture into the existing Saskatchewan mathematics curriculum.
Initially, she thought her team would be testing existing culture-based lesson plans. When she found out there weren’t many out there and that they would be creating their own, her excitement momentarily morphed into fear.
“At the start of this journey, I was very scared because it’s a huge project for a first-year teacher to take on,” recalls Vankoughnett. “I didn’t want to make a mistake and I didn’t feel comfortable integrating this into a mathematics class.”
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.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
While the consensus would doubtlessly be that it is troubling to find out Canada is one of the few industrialized countries without a national school food program, there might be a silver lining.
As Rachel Engler-Stringer from the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan points out, that would ideally position this country in such a way that it could tailor any such program by taking some of the best examples while eschewing others where shortcomings exist.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Although there has been some skepticism voiced about the lack of teacher representation on the newly formed Curriculum Advisory Committee named by the provincial government, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Associate Executive Director Ian Krips is keeping an open mind, for now at least.
Krips, along with STF Professional Learning Director Shaun McEachern, are among the 24-member committee whose mandate is to examine the future needs of high school students in the province over the next three years.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
A new partnership is bringing science lessons to remote Indigenous communities in northern Saskatchewan through two-way video.
Connected North, a program within TakingITGlobal, uses high definition telepresence to take students across the country on virtual field trips and connect them with Indigenous mentors.