Candidate Commitments

Here are the commitments outlined in Dr. Ryan Meili's and Mr. Trent Wotherspoon’s education platforms.

Commitments outlined in Dr. Ryan Meili’s education platform:

  • “Offer the best start: Early childhood education for lifelong success.”
    • Establish a ministry of the child that unites the public sector in service of families and children.
    • A comprehensive early year’s action plan.
    • A “made in Saskatchewan” affordable early childhood education program.
    • Access to training for early childhood educators.
    • Redesign the Child Care Subsidy to ensure it covers costs and offers parents more opportunities.
    • Expand the number of licensed childcare spaces.
    • Help keep rural schools open by incorporating early childhood education in existing facilities.
    • Work with the federal government and First Nations towards fully funded on reserve early year supports.
  • “Today’s students, tomorrow’s leaders.”
    • Expand on the community schools model, offer mental health and clinical services at places where families gather.
    • Identify the right mix of teachers and educational assistants to best support integrated classrooms.
    • Ensure school boards have the resources they need to provide before and after school care.
    • Improve access to resources, employment programs and invest in school libraries.
    • Shift emphasis from standardized testing to individualized, formative testing.
    • Cultural competency as party of K-12 curriculum.
    • Enhanced literacy programs, lifelong learning and skills training.
    • Support transition from high school to post-secondary.
    • Promote technological and social literacy, financial literacy along with safety and workplace rights.
  • “Equitable supports for equal opportunity.”
    • School lunch program in Saskatchewan.
    • Help young adults and teen parents return to school.
    • Comprehensive strategy to assist those for whom English or French is an additional language.
    • Expand the preservation and instruction of Indigenous languages and culture.
    • Eliminate the Aboriginal education funding gap.
    • Involve small rural communities facing school closures in finding solutions, including the integration of child care and other family services.
    • Support youth who are entering or leaving foster care to finish high school and access post-secondary education and employment opportunities.
  • “Being good partners to educators and communities.”
    • Stable funding model for all levels of education.
    • Return autonomy to local communities by repealing Bill 63.
    • Give back school board capacity to set their own mill rates in order to meet locally identified needs.
    • Work with the College of Education, the teaching profession and the teacher education programs to ensure we have a representative, well-prepared instructional community that can respond to the changing needs of classrooms.
    • Reinstate NORTEP and expand the TEP model to provide undergraduate training for teachers in more rural and remote communities.
    • Involve teachers in curriculum design; ensure that teaching is fostering development in multiple areas, including STEM, the humanities, the arts and physical education.
    • Ensure that the technological infrastructure in schools is able to meet today’s needs.
    • Respect teachers, their professional organization and collective agreements, including local agreements.
    • Support good governance and leadership, enabling boards to do their work in the service of students and support research-informed, evidence-based practice.
    • Work collaboratively to authentically engage school boards, teachers, students and communities — including First Nations and Métis — in shaping education policy together.

 

Commitments outlined in Mr. Trent Wotherspoon’s education platform:

  • “Bring back local flexibility, autonomy and control to our school boards.”
    • Repeal Bill 63 and give democratic control of education back to local school boards.
    • Trust trustees, educators and administrators and empower them to make local decisions about our children’s education.
    • Give control back to school divisions to schedule the school year.
    • Allow flexibility so school divisions can plan and budget properly.
    • Work collaboratively and in partnership with the education sector to meet educational goals.
  • “Respect and support our teachers.”
    • Treat teachers with the respect they deserve as invaluable partners in education.
    • Listen to and work together with teachers to ensure required supports are available in classrooms.
    • End the top-down, standardized approach to education and the role of teachers by empowering teachers with the autonomy to respond to the needs of diverse students, schools and communities.
  • “Invest to reduce class-size and ensure our students have the supports they need to learn.”
    • Fund education adequately so all of our students receive the supports they need to learn and achieve their full potential.
    • Reduce class size by increasing the number of teachers.
    • Support with proper funding the essential roles of educational assistants and support staff.
    • Resource and support early years learning and intervention as the priority it must be.
    • Increase funding for vulnerable students, students with intensive needs, and students needing English as an additional language support.
  • “Modernize our provincial curriculum so that it ensures our students have the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities to participate in the economy of today and tomorrow.”
    • Ensure we have updated and modern curricula that support our students in learning essential digital literacy and computational skills that will help to make them self-directed and critical thinkers, ready to solve the many challenges in our society and build a thriving tech sector.
    • Work with school divisions to ensure that all schools are equipped with up-to-date educational technology, access to stable and reliable internet, and provide support and training to educators to effectively integrate technology into their delivery of the curriculum.
    • Work with our universities to ensure their teacher education programs prepare student teachers to teach essential digital literacy and computational skills as well as the effective use of instructional technology.
    • Ensure our students learn how to foster healthy relationships, both in-person and online.
  • “Build a world-class education system that extends opportunity and reduces inequality.”
    • Focus on equity in the funding distribution model so that all students and schools have equal opportunity and equitable resources for education.
    • Close the funding and outcome gap between on-reserve and off-reserve education in our province to ensure fairness and opportunity.
  • “Collaborate across government and public services to ensure needed supports for students.”
    • Facilitate government ministry cooperation to address critical social problems such as stable housing and access to healthy food, access to mental health supports, and other health services which all impact our students’ readiness to learn and be successful in school.
    • Create simple and consistent mechanisms for schools and school divisions to access needed supports to address many of the social issues impacting our students.
    • Utilize schools as hubs of communities to connect with services and deliver programs and supports.
  • “Recognize the need and importance of reconciliation by implementing the education recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.”
    • Support all Saskatchewan students in learning about the history of residential schools and the need for reconciliation by ensuring these concepts are included throughout the K-12 curriculum.
    • Ensure teachers receive the necessary professional development to teach about Truth and Reconciliation and have access to relevant learning resources.
    • Support the training of Indigenous teachers through increased supports for programs like NORTEP, SUNTEP, ITEM, and DTEP.
  • “Ensure that Treaty Education is being delivered to all students with the full spirit and intent of the Treaties.”
    • Make Treaty Education a priority and provide adequate resources to fully integrate Treaty learning outcomes into other subject areas in the curriculum.
    • Support current educators to be able to teach Treaty Education properly by funding professional development opportunities, supporting work with Elders and Knowledge Keepers and providing access to relevant learning resources.
    • Work with our universities to ensure that their teacher education programs require our future teachers to learn about and are able to teach Indigenous Ways of Knowing in all subject areas.
  • “Ensure that our schools are safe, healthy and inclusive learning environments for our students and educators.”
    • Work with schools to help ensure all students feel supported, accepted and a part of the school community, regardless of their background, culture, sexual or gender identity.
    • Ensure our school buildings are safe and health facilities that meet the needs of our staff and students in a 21st century learning environment.
    • Have resources in schools to identify and address barriers to learning early, including access to mental health supports.
    • Help ensure no student goes to school hungry by re-introducing, initiating or expanding breakfast and lunch programs.
    • Support professional development and the establishment of a team of province-wide human rights and anti-oppressive catalyst teachers.