Saturday, May 23, 2020
COVID-19 has changed the reality for people around the world in the last couple of weeks. This includes approximately 1.5 billion students globally. As a teacher, I have around 110 students from Grades 8 to 12 that should be coming through my classroom every day.
Friday, May 22, 2020
Anyone who has organized a large-scale event has likely had this nightmare. Ninety minutes prior to opening, and with 1,400 delegates waiting expectantly for the morning keynote, the keynote is unable to appear.
For Chris Scribe, founder and organizer of the Think Indigenous International Education Conference, the circumstances around the mid-March outbreak of COVID-19 made the above scenario a reality for the 2020 conference held in Edmonton.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
In a vote held May 19 to 21, Saskatchewan teachers voted 85 percent in support of a new four-year Agreement. For teachers, regaining lost purchasing power and alleviating challenges of class complexity were the two most important issues to address in this round of bargaining. Unfortunately, the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee was unwilling to include any provisions about class complexity in the Agreement.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Our world has been turned upside down as teaching and learning, our mental and emotional health, and economic well-being have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The vulnerabilities in our social and economic structures have been starkly revealed causing us to rethink their sustainability and to reflect on the lessons learned. The past few months have also demonstrated the kindness, resilience, adaptability and creativity of educators and families who are working together to meet the needs of students in these difficult times.