Thursday, November 21, 2019
There we have it people–the culmination of the Re-Imagine Education initiative. Well, at least sort of. For as much as they might have tied a bow to the 10-month process in a swanky Regina hotel, the litmus test will be what happens now that the widespread consultations have been formally presented to Education Minister Gord Wyant and his colleagues.
Reading through the presentation, it’s readily apparent how much of a general consensus there was when you consider there were 19 various partners involved which covered a pretty wide spectrum. And it would be fair to say not everyone has the exact same interests as their focus, yet there was no doubting that the folks who poured their heart and soul into this came away convinced that, above all else, our schools need to present a safe, inviting learning environment for all students.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
It wasn’t difficult to spot the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation hierarchy following keynote presenter Annie Kidder’s speech at the Councillor Conference opening session.
By all accounts, they were the ones with the smile on their face. Without any prompting, Kidder, the widely respected executive director of the Ontario-based People for Education non-profit association, praised the merits of the Re-Imagine Education initiative undertaken by the STF and a host of outside organizations in contemplating the future of public education in Saskatchewan.
Monday, November 18, 2019
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is changing.
We have come a long way since 1933 and are working hard to support teachers and publicly funded public education in Saskatchewan. To reflect these changes, we have rebranded the Federation to align with the new service offerings and supports for our members.
While the current logo is recognizable given the many years it’s been in use, it’s often misunderstood. The Federation needs a new brand; one that is strong and distinct, clearly displaying who we are and what we stand for. A new brand that builds upon a solid foundation; one that celebrates successes.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
A year ago, a foundation was established for students to talk about mental health issues at Aden Bowman Collegiate in Saskatoon. This year it had morphed into an all-day event with no less than 26 wellness sessions in the morning and another 28 offered in the afternoon (many were off-site).
Even that statement gives you an appreciation for the amount of logistical work that had to be put in place. While the entire staff pitched in, resource teacher Joelle Krysak and science teacher Rick Bowes were front and centre when it came to organizing the day.
Enlisting the help of a host of community organizations, Saskatoon City Police and the Grades 10 to 12 students themselves, the organizers fulfilled what they saw as integral to the day–students being able to choose what resonated with them the most.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Although it has been an oft-repeated goal of the Ministry of Education to increase First Nations and Métis graduation rates to 65 percent by 2020, the reality is that based on the most recent numbers, it is actually trending downwards.
Leaders of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation recently addressed the media in a united call for an immediate investment by the government in order to address this troubling trend.