Saturday, November 23, 2019
When Ferrah Graham and Kelly Gerein embarked on their journey as administrative leaders last year at Milestone School, they had a shared passion for revamping the standard practice of professional development for the 15 teachers at the K-12 school.
Graham, the principal of the school, indicated that both colleagues are very much proponents of deep learning. They envisioned forsaking teachers going to the occasional big-ticket, costly professional development event in favour of much more frequent, staff-led professional development initiatives at the school level.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation maintains its position that classroom complexity must be addressed through provincial collective bargaining to ensure accountability and authority in the process, the committee and its membership. It is only after the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee raised the issue of classroom complexity in bargaining and remained steadfast on its position at the table that the Education Minister decided to strike a committee to address it. As proposed, the Federation is gravely concerned government will fail to take action on any solutions identified by the committee.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
There we have it people–the culmination of the Re-Imagine Education initiative. Well, at least sort of. For as much as they might have tied a bow to the 10-month process in a swanky Regina hotel, the litmus test will be what happens now that the widespread consultations have been formally presented to Education Minister Gord Wyant and his colleagues.
Reading through the presentation, it’s readily apparent how much of a general consensus there was when you consider there were 19 various partners involved which covered a pretty wide spectrum. And it would be fair to say not everyone has the exact same interests as their focus, yet there was no doubting that the folks who poured their heart and soul into this came away convinced that, above all else, our schools need to present a safe, inviting learning environment for all students.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
It wasn’t difficult to spot the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation hierarchy following keynote presenter Annie Kidder’s speech at the Councillor Conference opening session.
By all accounts, they were the ones with the smile on their face. Without any prompting, Kidder, the widely respected executive director of the Ontario-based People for Education non-profit association, praised the merits of the Re-Imagine Education initiative undertaken by the STF and a host of outside organizations in contemplating the future of public education in Saskatchewan.
Monday, November 18, 2019
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is changing.
We have come a long way since 1933 and are working hard to support teachers and publicly funded public education in Saskatchewan. To reflect these changes, we have rebranded the Federation to align with the new service offerings and supports for our members.
While the current logo is recognizable given the many years it’s been in use, it’s often misunderstood. The Federation needs a new brand; one that is strong and distinct, clearly displaying who we are and what we stand for. A new brand that builds upon a solid foundation; one that celebrates successes.