Wednesday, December 11, 2019
After seven months and a host of face-to-face meetings in recent months to try to arrive at a provincial collective bargaining agreement for the province’s teachers, the rather inauspicious result has been that the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation declared an impasse as a precursor to applying for conciliation.
Citing general lack of movement from the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee, it would be a reasonable assumption there isn’t much the two sides can agree on. One of the main sticking points has been Education Minister Gord Wyant’s insistence that the key issues of class size and composition can’t be part of any potential agreement. Yet ironically, the two are in general agreement that if push came to shove, composition might be more of an issue than actual class size.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
This was not Tracy Zambory speaking to teachers attending the Saskatoon Teachers’ Convention as the president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses about the explosion of opioids among the province’s youth.
Rather, this was Zambory conveying her own personal story as to how her then-teenage son Wessley one day quite unexpectedly shared with his parents that he was struggling with drug addiction.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Given that schools in Saskatchewan are welcoming increasing numbers of culturally diverse, newcomer students, it is ever more important that we examine our own cultural assumptions and adopt culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy.
The September 2019 issue of Education Canada focused on the theme of culturally relevant teaching. Articles such as Cultivating Community: Building Relationships Through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, by Laryssa Gorecki, Developing Intercultural Competence: A Shift in Thinking, by Johanne Mednick Myles, Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy: How One School Moved Forward, by Stephen Hurley, and (Trans-multi) Culturally Responsive Education: A Critical Framework for Responding to Student Diversity, by Latika Raisinghani, each provide pertinent approaches for learning to communicate in affirmative and inclusive ways with students who are linguistically and culturally diverse.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gord Wyant recently announced the members of the 2019-20 provincial Youth Council, a group of 12 high school students committed to improving their communities and empowering other young people in the province.
As members of the 2019-20 provincial Youth Council, students will have the opportunity to address meaningful issues directly with the Minister of Education and other government members, while also providing guidance on how to better engage students.