Saskatchewan Bulletin Columns
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
The most recent updates published by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Retirement Plan make for pleasant reading for teachers in the province.
Earlier this year the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation filed a funding valuation as at July 1, 2020. A funding valuation provides a point-in-time snapshot of the long-term health of the STRP. As required by law, a valuation must be filed with federal and provincial pension authorities at least every three years.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
For Paula MacDowell, choosing her favourite avatar identity and meeting students in a virtual campus is often just part of a typical day teaching online courses.
An assistant professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education, MacDowell joined the Department of Curriculum Studies’ Educational Technology and Design (ETAD) program in 2019. Her passion and purpose lie in empowering youth through education and technology and designing learning experiences for pro-social and pro-environmental change.
Friday, October 1, 2021
Judy Jaunzems-Fernuk is on a mission to foster calm classrooms where teachers and students thrive.
The University of Saskatchewan graduate recently earned her doctorate degree from the College of Education in the cross-departmental PhD program. Her dissertation combined educational psychology and curriculum studies to explore what attributes contribute to early career teacher success.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Sometimes we learn as much, or more, from the people around us as we do from the blogs, articles or texts of prominent educational leaders around the world. Our colleagues can be a source of influence and inspiration and the practice of reflecting upon the contributions of others enables us to add to, and personalize, our own leadership repertoire.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters began in 2013 when Phyllis Webstad told her story at the residential school commemoration event in Williams Lake, B.C. She was six years old in 1973 when she arrived at St. Joseph Mission school for her first day. She told of how proud she was to wear her new orange shirt that her grandma had bought her for this special occasion. When she arrived at school, the shirt was taken away and replaced with a uniform, never to be worn again.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is recognizing the work of women in education this October as Canadians honour Women’s History Month, a month-long celebration of the outstanding achievements of women throughout Canadian history.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
In many ways the world has become more polarized, more siloed. Research abounds suggesting that society is becoming more individualistic and less communal (Putnam 2000). The key variable to any successful political system is trust; and yet in a more siloed and individualized world, trust (like most things) is far more easily destroyed than built.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
When thousands of students returned to classrooms across the province in September, there was a sense of hope that this school year might not have the same interruptions due to COVID-19 as the previous two did. While the government provided some guidelines to schools, each division was responsible for creating its own protocols.
Regardless of how deeply COVID-19 infiltrated communities throughout the province, the pandemic has had a profound impact on both students and teachers.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
October 5, 2021, was the 30th anniversary of the McDowell Foundation.
Thirty years ago, teachers in the province enacted a vision for research to support teaching and learning across the province to highlight the innovation taking place in classrooms, schools and communities – work being led by professional, curious and passionate teachers.
October 5 is also World Teachers’ Day. Since 1994, the day is set aside to celebrate the contributions and achievements of teachers and to highlight the impact qualified and supported teachers can have on students and society. The date was chosen to recognize a recommendation made by UNESCO on the Status of Teachers passed in 1966, which supported teachers globally in defining and asserting their rights and responsibilities as trained, qualified and passionate professionals.