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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Sask Bulletin

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.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Sask Bulletin

Albeit currently adorned with numerous tarps and other such construction-related material and encircled by chain-link fencing, even a neophyte such as myself can readily envision the scope and aesthetic appeal of what is in store for the citizens of this community. The brand new Rosthern Community School is slated to open its doors in the fall of 2020.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Sask Bulletin

The Ministry of Education recently renewed its contract with the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation to continue coordinating the evaluation of teaching and learning resources for the Ministry.

The Federation invites its members to be trained to evaluate resources in specific curricular areas; resources receiving positive evaluations are subsequently submitted to the Ministry as recommendations for resources to support curricula. The Ministry considers those recom-mendations before approving resources as core and additional resources on its curriculum website.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Sask Bulletin

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.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Sask Bulletin

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.

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