Tuesday, April 25, 2017
REGINA – As he looked over the sessions at the Regina Teachers’ Convention, the proof was staring him in the face, even if it was merely confirmation as opposed to surprise.
Jeff Perry, president of the Regina Public School Teachers’ Association, thumbed through the attendance figures for those breakout sessions that dealt specifically with issues such as feeling overwhelmed, burnout, fatigue and mindfulness. He pointed out that these sessions in particular were filled well in advance in terms of those attending.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Within a school’s professional community, the principal, as instructional leader or lead learner, is responsible for championing and facilitating teachers’ professional learning.
Recently, a group of Saskatchewan school administrators forwarded questions regarding the instructional leader’s role in supporting teacher growth and development. What follows are a few of their questions along with responses arising out of recent educational research.
What does the research say about leadership actions that have the greatest impact on staff learning?
Friday, April 21, 2017
Quite simply, the volume level in the room almost made one wonder aloud if you really could be in a professional development day for teachers.
As it turns out, in talking to participants at the first-ever Provincial Facilitator Community Day, it’s commonplace for these gatherings to be like that. In fact, there was a bemused sense that this one had not rivalled other facilitator gatherings in terms of the noise; all right then, let’s call it engagement.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
From the opening remarks by Don Speidel, cultural resource liaison for the Indigenous Ensemble, the tone was set as the young students from various schools through the Saskatoon Public Schools system enthralled a capacity crowd at the Robert Hinitt Castle Theatre.
As Speidel said, and the subsequent performers confirmed, this was meant to involve as many people from Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures as possible.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Compared to past years, attendance numbers at the 22nd National Congress on Rural Education conference held in Saskatoon were lower this year.
That, however, is not an indication that the conference, which for years was the only one of its kind in Canada (Alberta has recently added a similar one of its own), has lost its relevance, according to conference chairperson Barb Compton, and Patricia Prowse, associate director at the Saskatchewan Educational Learning Unit.