McDowell Research Salon Series

Teachers know their students and classes better than anyone and are in the ideal position to create classroom innovations that can help transform publicly funded public education in Saskatchewan. The McDowell Foundation supports curious teachers in their passion for continuous improvement through funding, research and networking opportunities.

The Salon Series conversations are hosted twice annually and are designed to provide teachers with an opportunity to share their research projects with the community. Teachers conduct their own research based on their areas of interest. But it’s not enough to simply gather evidence. The Salon Series is about creating research communities who learn from and support one another. Together, teachers, education partners and community stakeholders create action plans to help sustain and spread success throughout the province.

As part of the Salon Series, the researchers develop resources associated with their projects, which can be found on this page, as well as on the McDowell Foundation website.

Culture-Based School Mathematics for Reconciliation and Professional Development

Join the conversation in Saskatoon on November 2 to learn about the culture-based school mathematics for reconciliation. Education researchers will share why it's important to include Indigenous and Western ways of knowing in the math curriculum, how to unlearn ideas to create a new space for learning and ways of working collaboratively to support professional development. This Salon Series is being co-sponsored in partnership with the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers' Society Professional Growth Network.

Parent/Guardian Voices: Experiences and Perspectives of Parents of Children with Exceptionalities

This roundtable discussion was held on May 15, 2019 in Regina. Lead researcher Krista McMillen discussed her research on successful stories where children with exceptionalities have been included in classroom settings alongside Alaina Harrison from Inclusion Saskatchewan, Trishia Hastings from the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, as well as parents of children with exceptionalities Tracy Kosteniuk, Jennifer Walter and Sarah West who shared their real-life experiences.

Dreaming Bigger: Personalizing Pace, Place & Time

The Dreaming Bigger: Personalizing Pace, Place & Time Salon Series conversation was hosted in North Battleford on Nov. 21 by a team of researchers from John Paul II Collegiate. The community was invited to learn about their research project, which explored how technology and a shift in the teaching approach can help students acquire the credits needed to graduate. A panel of teachers and a former student shared their experiences, including the supports needed in order to successfully implement pace, place and time learning within Saskatchewan schools.

Around the Campfire

This community roundtable conversation was facilitated by researcher Renée Carrière in Prince Albert on April 24, 2018. Carrière, a teacher from Cumberland House, shared her research about how land-based education programs can help teachers engage with Indigenous students, which, in turn, can help increase student attendance and graduation rates.

School-related Anxiety

The first Salon Series conversation was held in Moose Jaw on November 22, 2017 and was facilitated by researchers Dr. Jenn de Lugt from the University of Regina’s Faculty of Education and Jenn Chan, a Learning Consultant at Prairie South School Division. The conversation centred on their research into what high school students are saying is causing them the most school-related anxiety. Research shows the top causes identified are tests and exams, followed by social situations and class presentations.

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