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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Sask Bulletin

The Ministry of Education recently renewed its contract with the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation to continue coordinating the evaluation of teaching and learning resources for the Ministry.

The Federation invites its members to be trained to evaluate resources in specific curricular areas; resources receiving positive evaluations are subsequently submitted to the Ministry as recommendations for resources to support curricula. The Ministry considers those recom-mendations before approving resources as core and additional resources on its curriculum website.

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Sask Bulletin

Education Minister Gord Wyant has released a framework that will be used to create an action plan for how Saskatchewan students are educated from 2020 to 2030. The framework was developed with input from all education sector partners.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Sask Bulletin

It is a phrase you often hear: at the very heart of what makes for a successful teacher is the relationship they are able to establish with their students.

Saskatoon elementary teacher Jennifer Herrod embodies that to the fullest and then some.

A Grade 3 teacher at Silverwood Heights School, Herrod is impassioned about the values of democracy and citizenship whether that involves visiting the legislature in Regina or Parliament Hill in Ottawa in the company of like-minded educators.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Sask Bulletin

It is often said that today’s students would be more successful if teachers would get back to the basics of teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Yet western mathematics often marginalizes Indigenous students and undermines graduation rates.

A new research project aims to change this by introducing a new model of math instruction that blends western and Indigenous approaches.

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Monday, December 16, 2019
Sask Bulletin

The guidelines released for the Provincial Committee on Class Size and Composition fall short of addressing the issues as presented by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation during provincial collective bargaining. Therefore, the STF has said they will not participate in the process.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Sask Bulletin

After seven months and a host of face-to-face meetings in recent months to try to arrive at a provincial collective bargaining agreement for the province’s teachers, the rather inauspicious result has been that the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation declared an impasse as a precursor to applying for conciliation.

Citing general lack of movement from the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee, it would be a reasonable assumption there isn’t much the two sides can agree on. One of the main sticking points has been Education Minister Gord Wyant’s insistence that the key issues of class size and composition can’t be part of any potential agreement. Yet ironically, the two are in general agreement that if push came to shove, composition might be more of an issue than actual class size.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019
Sask Bulletin

As members of the provincial facilitator community gathered, they were wrestling with the unique challenges that exist when dealing with adult learners.

The consensus after the daylong event was that the opportunity to share strategies with colleagues was invaluable in expanding their repertoire and understanding.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Sask Bulletin

This was not Tracy Zambory speaking to teachers attending the Saskatoon Teachers’ Convention as the president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses about the explosion of opioids among the province’s youth.

Rather, this was Zambory conveying her own personal story as to how her then-teenage son Wessley one day quite unexpectedly shared with his parents that he was struggling with drug addiction.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Sask Bulletin

When Ferrah Graham and Kelly Gerein embarked on their journey as administrative leaders last year at Milestone School, they had a shared passion for revamping the standard practice of professional development for the 15 teachers at the K-12 school.

Graham, the principal of the school, indicated that both colleagues are very much proponents of deep learning. They envisioned forsaking teachers going to the occasional big-ticket, costly professional development event in favour of much more frequent, staff-led professional development initiatives at the school level.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Sask Bulletin

Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gord Wyant recently announced the members of the 2019-20 provincial Youth Council, a group of 12 high school students committed to improving their communities and empowering other young people in the province.

As members of the 2019-20 provincial Youth Council, students will have the opportunity to address meaningful issues directly with the Minister of Education and other government members, while also providing guidance on how to better engage students.

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