COVID Lessons From School II: Teacher Research on Distance Learning

June 3, 2021
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Join Kelsey Shields for McDowell Foundation’s virtual Salon Series, COVID Lessons from School II: Teacher Voice on Distance Learning Research in the Pandemic, to hear about the teacher experience with online learning when schools returned last fall.

"For teachers, the significant shift to online learning was not accessing or learning the new technologies, it was ensuring that students remained connected to the material, to the teacher and to each other,” said Shields. “These are the areas where teachers needed professional learning supports."

Shields will be joined by a panel of educators who will share their experiences with distance learning over the past 18 months including:

  • Dr. Jay Wilson, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan;
  • Lisa Hodson, Senior Administrative Staff, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation; and
  • Jay Salikin, Senior Manager Virtual Programs and Services, STF.

The Salon Series event is being facilitated, hosted and moderated by the McDowell Foundation on June 7, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., via Zoom webinar. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about distance learning and the teacher experience.

"Hearing from teachers about their experience in the classrooms, whether virtual or physical, is why we created this call," said Ellen Whiteman, Manager of the McDowell Foundation. "The experiences of these teachers both reflects the challenges and success in the classroom this past year and provides key learning moving forward."

The McDowell Foundation provides funding grants for teacher-led research in the province. The Salon Series events provide an opportunity for teachers to share their research with the wider Saskatchewan community. Visit to learn more about teacher-led research in the province.