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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Instructional Leadership

Instructional Leadership

Imagine finding yourself at the intersection of four busy thoroughfares (think Champs-Élysées), knowing that how you address and handle the momentum and flow of traffic for each artery is critical to the safety and success of the overall transportation goal. In many ways, this is exactly what school principals do.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Patrick Maze says recent media coverage raises some fundamental questions about the current government’s approach to bargaining, wages and Crown executive remuneration.

“It seems while our Education Minister was asking teachers to accept pay cuts, Crown CEOs were getting raises of anywhere from 16 to 26 percent,” Maze said.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
This Is My Classroom

Imagine a public school classroom where there is no physical classroom at all.

There is an actual school building, but if you were to wait by the door in the morning to welcome students, you might be waiting days at a time. When a student does show up, they are always accompanied by a parent or all their other family members. This might be the only time they meet the teacher face-to-face.

Throughout the workday conversations with students can be heard, but only from the teacher’s end of the line. I’m wearing a mic and headset. There are numerous back-and-forth conversations with students, reviewing a concept, or giving feedback on an assignment. There are conversations with parents, discussing ideas for adjusting the schedule for their particular child. Conversations between teachers can also be heard, within and across pods, occasionally punctuated by laughter. The soundscape is less like an office and more like a staff room, a staff room where there is always someone at the door with a request or to drop something off.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Patrick Maze, President of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, today called on the Education Minister to take immediate steps to deal with this year’s chronic staff shortage in northern schools.

“I was angered reading yesterday’s stories about the frustration now being felt in these schools – the planning and preparation that has gone out the window, and the students who will go without much needed, extra help in math and reading,” Maze said.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Sask Bulletin Article

Former teacher Sally Meadows is shown with samples of her latest literacy works in what is a busy schedule as she follows her varied passions.

Eclectic and tireless are attributes that are synonymous with Saskatoon-based author, songwriter and educator Sally Meadows.

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