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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Yesterday, the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee and the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee resumed negotiations. Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Patrick Maze will be available at 9:30 a.m. today to provide media with an update.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Sask Bulletin Article

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.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Sask Bulletin Article

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.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Sask Bulletin Article

During his presentation at the Councillor Conference regarding wellness for teachers, Wade Repta offered plenty of options for those in attendance to contemplate, but at the same time he also shared some hard truths.

“On a day-to-day basis it’s not necessarily realistic to have balance between work and life. Reducing the workload for teachers is not always realistic,” he offered.

“That’s why it’s important to be realistic when you are looking to improve your physical well-being in particular. You need to set goals that are attainable. If you think in terms of black and white, that can be hard. It’s more about looking at the bigger picture. It might look different in how to create a culture of wellness and remember, we don’t have all the answers.”

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Sask Bulletin Article

REGINA–Rolling out the ambitious Education Re-Imagined initiative to the media, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Executive Director Randy Schmaltz alluded to the 12 Actions for Education, saving the best for last in terms of making sure the message was heard loud and clear.

Schmaltz, who was the chairperson of the Re-Imagine Education Reference Committee, said the 12th action “is the most important” in that it stresses the “actions of education outlined in this report must be acted upon.”

It was clear the message was meant for Education Minister Gord Wyant and his Deputy Minister Rob Currie to mull over from their front row seats.

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