Friday, October 2, 2020
Using a metaphor to describe educational leadership is not necessarily a new idea. Most of us can recall comparing school leaders to an orchestra conductor, a gardener or a parent in our university graduate classes.
A metaphor, aptly stated, is powerful. Novelist Stephen King says that metaphors enable us to “see an old thing in a new and vivid way.” We use metaphors to process the unfamiliar. A well-placed metaphor enables us to connect and look at, and make sense of, new information and experiences with something familiar. Researchers Maguire and Braun (2019) tell us that metaphors can offer a new way of thinking about leadership and that school leaders in particular use metaphors to paint a story as they process and envision changing and anxious times.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
As we move inexorably closer to the October 26 provincial election, it has become crystal clear that K-12 public education has surfaced as a major issue for both the ruling Saskatchewan Party and the Opposition NDP to ponder.
With that in mind, the Saskatchewan Bulletin is publishing the comments of Education Minister Gord Wyant and Education Critic Carla Beck on a select few questions. These focused on the importance of class size and complexity, the inequity when it comes to digital access, the all but moribund philosophy of SchoolPLUS and their respective visions for the future of public education.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Given the extraordinary times we are all experiencing these days due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, this year’s World Teachers’ Day will probably pass by in relative anonymity.
Particularly so when compared to the success of the previous year when thousands gathered at the Saskatchewan legislature building to celebrate the profession, while simultaneously bringing attention to some of the challenges in the public education sector.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The product of two years of research, planning and testing, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation launched its new Member Support Centre on August 31. The MSC will act as a person’s first point of contact upon calling or emailing the Federation.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
There are many mixed emotions as I think about returning to my kindergarten classroom this fall. I am happy that kids will be back in a structured environment and get to see their friends again. I am excited that I will be teaching again because I love my job.
However, I am disheartened that so many students will be squished into a room, wall-to-wall. I am worried when I hear that masks are not mandatory for students from kindergarten to Grade 3. Why am I, and many of my colleagues, being put at risk while other teachers are not?