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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Sask Bulletin

Over a month has passed since we were officially back to school 2020 and the time has been nothing more than exhausting. I was trying to think of a more polite way to phrase it, but there is just no way to explain the sheer overwhelming amount of tasks, rules, extra precautions, steps, reminders, emails and (for me anyway) steps in a day. 

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
Sask Bulletin

Few events have impacted teaching and learning in the province in the ways COVID-19 has over the past few months. The abrupt end to in-person classrooms and transition to online and remote learning opportunities last spring has given way to a return to classrooms either physical or virtual this fall. 

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Sask Bulletin

A pair of Saskatchewan educators are among the most recent recipients of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Kalyn Heisler and Christa Walton were both named among those earning Certificate of Achievement Awards in October after the awards were rescheduled from the traditional spring timeframe due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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Friday, October 30, 2020
Sask Bulletin

Like many things, parent engagement in schools looks very different this year. Events such as unpacking the backpacks, meet the teacher and other welcome-back gatherings designed to build relationships between school and home have been replaced with virtual conferences, phone calls, emails and unconventional protocols.  

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Sask Bulletin

It is a system that is constantly on high-stress survival mode where keeping classes open for kids is placed at a priority while sacrificing necessary aspects of education like physical education, extra literacy and numeracy support that other schools take for granted and lastly, providing critical resources for our special needs students.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Sask Bulletin

Although there was a consensus that the needed virtual format for this year’s Local Association Symposium was hardly the same as the traditional face-to-face conversations, there was nonetheless kudos for the technology team headed up by Jay Salikin and colleagues at the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Sask Bulletin

The past seven months have doubtlessly felt like a lifetime for Patrick Maze in his role as President of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. 

However, COVID-19 aside, Maze is now entering his sixth year at the political helm of the STF so although he confirms “this is for sure the most unusual year,” he has seen a lot as the longest-serving President of the Federation.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
Sask Bulletin

For the past year, we have been immersed in a McDowell research project focused on the experiences of female educational leaders in Saskatchewan.

As two administrators midway through our careers, we have had several common experiences and wonderings that led us to explore this topic more thoroughly. Over six months we interviewed nine current female school and division-based administrators and focused on the following questions:

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Thursday, October 1, 2020
Sask Bulletin

As we move inexorably closer to the October 26 provincial election, it has become crystal clear that K-12 public education has surfaced as a major issue for both the ruling Saskatchewan Party and the Opposition NDP to ponder.

With that in mind, the Saskatchewan Bulletin is publishing the comments of Education Minister Gord Wyant and Education Critic Carla Beck on a select few questions. These focused on the importance of class size and complexity, the inequity when it comes to digital access, the all but moribund philosophy of SchoolPLUS and their respective visions for the future of public education.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Sask Bulletin

Given the extraordinary times we are all experiencing these days due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, this year’s World Teachers’ Day will probably pass by in relative anonymity.

Particularly so when compared to the success of the previous year when thousands gathered at the Saskatchewan legislature building to celebrate the profession, while simultaneously bringing attention to some of the challenges in the public education sector.

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