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  • In 1920, Catherine Sheldon-Williams, known as the “grand lady of Saskatchewan education” created the province’s first correspondence school. Within five years, the enrolment increased to 300 applicants.
  • In 1921, only 2 percent of married women in Canada were in the labour force.
  • In 1924, Victoria Tory Miners became the first female public school principal in Saskatoon. She remained in this position at Haultain School until her retirement in 1948.
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  • In response to continuing preference of some trustees to choose male teachers, in 1915, women teachers of Saskatchewan came together to form the Saskatoon Women Teachers’ Association (SWTA). By 1918, with Victoria (Tory) Miners as president, the SWTA became the largest teachers’ local in the province of Saskatchewan. Tory played a vital role in changing the status and working conditions of teachers in Saskatchewan, making her area of focus equal pay for women.
  • In 1916, the Superannuated Teacher Association was founded by Emma Stewart and Flora Henderson.
  • The extensive impact of World War I, 1914-1918, profoundly changed the composition of Saskatchewan teachers. As women entered the classrooms, they were issued provisional teaching certificates to overcome the shortage of male teachers who joined the Canadian army.
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Women have long dominated the teaching profession, so to celebrate Women’s History Month, we look back at the history of Saskatchewan women teachers from 1900 to the present day.

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The Season 2 (2017-18) video series celebrates the passion and professionalism Saskatchewan teachers demonstrate as they help students develop the skills and abilities to succeed. Please share with your contacts. 

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#theteacherproject is a series of videos that share the joy, passion and discovery taking place in classrooms and schools in communities across Saskatchewan. View the videos in the series and share them widely with your networks.

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Legislative amendments adopted by the Government of Saskatchewan on May 4, 2017, represent a significant shift in governance, administration and oversight in the PreK-12 education system. Learn about the effects these changes have had on the sector and the long-term implications for teaching and learning in our province.

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Education in Saskatchewan has undergone a series of reviews that have resulted with many changes over time. Learn more about this history and the current perspectives of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation on educational change.

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