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Saturday, March 21, 2020
Sask Bulletin

Reconciliation is a word that is frequently referenced among educators, but Regina teacher Denee Repski felt strongly that merely talking about it was not sufficient.

In an effort to bring a real-world feel to her 28 English Language Arts 30 students at Campbell Collegiate, the whole idea behind her McDowell Foundation funded research project, History Underground: The Road to Reconciliation, was to actually make Regina’s rather infamous North Central area the de facto classroom.

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Friday, March 20, 2020
Sask Bulletin

On March 18, 2020 the Government of Saskatchewan had planned to release its 2020-21 Budget. Given the emergence of COVID-19 in the province, the government instead presented estimates for 2020-21. Estimates present the government’s spending plans for the upcoming year, but do not include projections on revenue.

Total education expense is estimated at $2.6 billion, representing an increase of $86 million (3.5 percent), compared to 2019-20. This includes:

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Friday, March 20, 2020
Sask Bulletin

Videos continue to be popular educational media for teachers and students alike. Not only do they provide pertinent content, but they also have the power to engage the emotions and to foster visual and auditory learning.

The Ministry of Education’s Recommended Online Video Educational Resources (or ROVER) streaming video service provides free access for Saskatchewan teachers and students to scores of high-quality videos in both English and French (the French equivalent is called REVEL).

To access them, visit https://rover.edonline.sk.ca/. By using the search box, you can quickly determine what titles are available.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Sask Bulletin

As you read this, teachers across the province have withdrawn from all extra- curricular and voluntary services until further notice as the long-standing impasse with the provincial government shows little sign of abating.

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President, Patrick Maze, in making the announcement, described the situation as “extremely frustrating that government admits there is a problem but refuses to address it.”

Maze blamed the government for pushing the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee to resort to this course of action following the latest face-to-face meeting with Education Minister Gord Wyant.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Sask Bulletin

Grade 6 teacher Danielle Vankoughnett was excited to be invited to participate in a one-year research project to explore how rural teachers can incorporate Indigenous culture into the existing Saskatchewan mathematics curriculum.

Initially, she thought her team would be testing existing culture-based lesson plans. When she found out there weren’t many out there and that they would be creating their own, her excitement momentarily morphed into fear. 

“At the start of this journey, I was very scared because it’s a huge project for a first-year teacher to take on,” recalls Vankoughnett. “I didn’t want to make a mistake and I didn’t feel comfortable integrating this into a mathematics class.”

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