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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Sask Bulletin

There might have been a few students grumbling about the biting wind they were experiencing on this otherwise quite pleasant February morning.

Nevertheless, nothing was going to prevent them from gathering outside the venerable Westmount Community School on the west side of Saskatoon. The reason for the gathering–and photo opportunity–was that this was Pink Shirt Day.

Each of the students had been asked by the staff to share their thoughts on what kindness meant to each of them and those messages were then affixed to the fence.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Sask Bulletin

Stepping outside the organization, let alone the province, to appoint a new Executive Director is uncharted territory for the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.

Yet, you don’t have to spend long in conversation with Bobbi Taillefer to appreciate that she is not feeling displaced in the least despite relocating from Toronto to Saskatoon. In fact, it feels almost like a homecoming of sorts.

While Ontario-born and having most recently served as Deputy General Secretary of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (Canada’s largest teacher organization with 86,000 members), this marks a return to the prairie landscape she and husband Paul (a fellow Ontarian) have come to embrace so wholeheartedly.

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Monday, March 8, 2021
Sask Bulletin

Why would you limit yourself to one project when you could somehow fit in three?

That pretty much sums up how Saskatoon-based educator Belinda Daniels goes about things. While she still teaches at Mount Royal Collegiate, she also managed to squeeze in time to complete her PhD (her dissertation is currently being reviewed).

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Sask Bulletin

Darren Gasper, superintendent of education for Sun West School Division, noted the surge in public interest in what the facility has to offer as a direct result of COVID-19. Gasper maintained that there is a diversified group of learners, emphasizing that, “we do what is best for kids.”

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Sask Bulletin

Jason Coleman, superintendent of student achievement/school services, recounts the experiences of the past year in which a diversified group submitted a list of 15 recommendations that covered a wide array of topics.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Sask Bulletin

Randy Schmaltz reflected on his four years as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation as he prepares to pass the torch to Bobbi Taillefer commencing March 1. Schmaltz shared his observations about the organizational changes that have occurred during his tenure.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Sask Bulletin

Very much a team player, Christa Walton is also one of those classic outside-the-box thinkers in her approach to education and teaching. Those attributes helped the Estevan-based educator receive a Primer Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Certificate of Achievement).

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Sask Bulletin

The Office of the Treaty Commissioner recently signed two partnership initiatives with the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. As Treaty Commissioner Mary Culbertson explained, this is critically important in terms of the OTC’s plans for the future.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Sask Bulletin

In collaboration with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and its partners, St. Michael Community School received the Premier’s Board of Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in Education. Principal Cristin Dorgan Lee describes how this is a community effort.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Sask Bulletin

As evidenced by the mere fact that 26 of the 28 professional growth networks participated in the virtual PGN Day recently, there is considerable interest in the concept, albeit that some of the annual challenges in terms of recruiting new members persist. However, according to Scott Burant, Managing Director, Member Services at the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and member of the PGN Advisory Committee that shared its findings as part of the envisioned PGN Renewal Plan, there could be some significant changes ahead to address those issues.

The vision of the Advisory Committee is that in future, all Federation members (teachers in the province) will be a member of a professional growth network.

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