Council provides opportunity for much-needed teacher voice in education process

April 30, 2014
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The recently announced Education Sector Strategic Plan will be just one of several education-related initiatives that will be discussed in detail at this year’s Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Annual Meeting of Council, April 30 to May 3 at the Radisson Hotel.

As educators from throughout the province convene for the four-day event, they will have an opportunity to share thoughts and debate with colleagues in an ongoing effort to ensure strong teacher voice when it comes to new PreK-12 education initiatives. Education Minister Don Morgan has pledged to work closely with teachers in mapping out the future of the education sector on a number of fronts.

Councillors will also discuss the growing reality of English as an additional language students, with a submitted resolution to lobby the government for additional resources.

There will also be time devoted to social and political advocacy, governance matters and consideration for a redesigned pension plan.

Morgan, meanwhile, will be one of a host of speakers highlighted during the Thursday, May 1 opening session in the morning. There will also be presentations from the other educational partners, including the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents, as well as STF President Colin Keess and Executive Director Gwen Dueck.

The Friday session will include elections for president and vacancies on the STF provincial executive. Keess will be seeking a third term as president in what will be a repeat of last year’s contest featuring current Vice-President Sonja Susut and fellow provincial executive member Randy Cline.

Note: Representatives of the media are invited to attend and cover all sessions during the event excluding those pertaining specifically to provincial collective bargaining. All applicable sessions listed on the accompanying agenda will be held at the Radisson Hotel. Federation staff will be in attendance to help facilitate any media requests.