McDowell Foundation Board of Directors approves over $79,000 in research funding

October 3, 2019
By Ellen Whiteman, Manager, McDowell Foundation

The beginning of the new school year signals the start of seven new, professionally led research projects funded by the McDowell Foundation. In early June, the Foundation’s Board of Directors approved $79,161 in new research money for the 2019-20 school year.

Land-based education, student mental health, and sense of belonging and leadership are three key subjects of successful grant applications.

The projects approved for funding for 2019-20 are:

  • Student Voice Project to Improve Sense of Belonging in Middle Years’ Classrooms.
  • Developing Sense of Belonging Through Land-Based Education.
  • How Does a Teacher Incorporate Place-Based “First Nations Way of Living in Nature” Into the Classroom to Teach High School Sciences in a Northern Reserve School?
  • The Development of Teacher Self-Efficacy to Promote Student Mental Health Through the Support of the School Psychologist.
  • How Do School Leaders Narrate Their Stories of Practicing Anti-Racist Education?
  • Female Leaders and Their Impact on School Culture in Saskatchewan.
  • Breaking Out of the “Textbox”: Increasing Land-Based Learning.
  • A Relationship of Harmony and Success: Improving Engagement.

The scope of the research projects the Foundation is able to fund is exciting. We look forward to the benefits students and teachers will experience because of the hard work our dedicated research teams do each year.

The Foundation would like to thank all of the teachers and other educators who applied for funding in this year’s competition. Projects focused on teacher leadership, reconciliation and intensive needs. Many others were identified as fundable through the review process, but not funded due to budgetary constraints.

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