McDowell Foundation looking for continued fundraising support from teachers

Sask Bulletin
June 24, 2021
By Colleen Ostoforoff, Fundraising Administrator for Donor Engagement, McDowell Foundation

More than a year after our first COVID-19 case was detected, the power of social connections and peer influence still greatly impacts the landscape during the pandemic.

Our new normal now includes extraordinary working conditions for our teachers and students as they continue to face new challenges daily. As our province continues to monitor our reopening plan for Saskatchewan, what will our school systems start to feel like in the next school year?

As we continue to clear benchmarks because of the pandemic, we still see the challenges and disruption to the teaching and learning relationship. When students returned to school this past September, they were divided into cohorts, learned online, self-isolated and quarantined.

Many students did not know how to respond to returning to school. Some students returned with a high degree of stress and anxiety, concerned about contracting COVID-19, while others were glad to see their classmates and some sense of normalcy in their lives.

It has always been the McDowell Foundation’s vision to provide our teachers with opportunities to learn through educational research. We have heard repeatedly the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our lives. Our research teams recognized the need to address mental health in schools targeting teacher and student mental health after self-isolation and during COVID-19.

No training tools exist to manage student learning effectively throughout or after a pandemic; however, through the research from Angela Csiki and Brent Keen, they gained interesting results on Reducing Student Stress During COVID-19 through mindfulness. Mindfulness refers to a state of mind characterized by awareness and attention in the present moment by an accepting, curious and non-judgmental attitude. The idea is that mindfulness training and ongoing practice could decrease students’ stress and increase well-being throughout all their relationships.

Today’s generation of teachers and researchers continue to be curious, innovative and incredible problem solvers and want to continue the legacy as one of the McDowell Foundation’s successes.

The McDowell Foundation continues to provide research grants to explore new and innovative ways to best meet the educational needs of students in Saskatchewan. Each project sponsored by the McDowell Foundation provides funding, guidance and release time to support recipients’ project goals and activities.

We are grateful for all your support in the past and hope that you will support the McDowell Foundation through this year’s needs.

Your donation will help support researchers such as Brent and Angela gain new experiences and leadership. We hope that you see value in our continued researchers’ work, and you will consider giving at this time to help support our future research projects in our Saskatchewan classrooms. Your support generates valuable research opportunities available for teachers and researchers.

Please consider sending in a donation through one of our easy methods:

Donate monthly through your payroll. It can be as little as a coffee-a-month. Payroll forms are available online at www.stf.sk.ca/resource/mcdowell-foundation-payroll-deduction-form.

Donate online by a one-time or monthly donation at: www.mcdowellfoundation.ca/donations/.

Send in a cheque to 2317 Arlington Avenue, Saskatoon, SK S7J 2H8.
If you would prefer to talk to us to make your donation, you can call us anytime at 1-306-373-1660.

The pandemic has been a long journey for all of us. The work of the McDowell Foundation is made possible by the generosity of our donors like you. I hope you can help us leave an impressionable mark on our students’ future by considering giving a donation today. Thank you!