Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Former Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Executive Director Gwen Dueck was one of three Canadian Teachers’ Federation Special Recognition Award recipients at this year’s Canadian Teachers’ Federation Annual General Meeting held in Edmonton.
Dueck broke new ground as the first female to assume the role of General Secretary (now Executive Director) of the STF, a position which she held for nine years prior to her retirement in April 2017. This culminated a 23-year career with the STF, which began with her being Director of the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit from 1994 to 1999.
Prior to joining the STF, Dueck had spent 13 years as a teacher at the elementary and secondary school levels.
Monday, September 24, 2018
The McDowell Foundation Board of Directors has approved the reallocation of funding to support two additional teacher-led research projects, set to begin in the Regina Public Schools and the South East Cornerstone school divisions this fall. These will replace another project that is no longer able to move forward.
The decision was made as a result of the unexpected death of Susan Greene, one of the teacher-researchers from the La Ronge community. Greene had been approved for research funding to lead a mental health research project called Gathering Strength: Indigenous Mental Health and High School. As the sole researcher, her project is not able to move forward.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Imagine finding yourself at the intersection of four busy thoroughfares (think Champs-Élysées), knowing that how you address and handle the momentum and flow of traffic for each artery is critical to the safety and success of the overall transportation goal. In many ways, this is exactly what school principals do.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Patrick Maze says recent media coverage raises some fundamental questions about the current government’s approach to bargaining, wages and Crown executive remuneration.
“It seems while our Education Minister was asking teachers to accept pay cuts, Crown CEOs were getting raises of anywhere from 16 to 26 percent,” Maze said.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Imagine a public school classroom where there is no physical classroom at all.
There is an actual school building, but if you were to wait by the door in the morning to welcome students, you might be waiting days at a time. When a student does show up, they are always accompanied by a parent or all their other family members. This might be the only time they meet the teacher face-to-face.
Throughout the workday conversations with students can be heard, but only from the teacher’s end of the line. I’m wearing a mic and headset. There are numerous back-and-forth conversations with students, reviewing a concept, or giving feedback on an assignment. There are conversations with parents, discussing ideas for adjusting the schedule for their particular child. Conversations between teachers can also be heard, within and across pods, occasionally punctuated by laughter. The soundscape is less like an office and more like a staff room, a staff room where there is always someone at the door with a request or to drop something off.