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.

Women in Educational Leadership: A Conversation

Join the McDowell Foundation’s virtual Salon Series, Women in Educational Leadership: A Conversation, on January 21, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to hear and discuss the experiences of women in educational leadership in Saskatchewan. Two female researchers, Amy Orth and Amy Korver from the Prairie Spirit School Division, will share their experiences along with highlights and challenges from nine other female administrators in education. They will identify trends in female leaders, the barriers they face as they enter administration positions, and the impact it has on their school culture. The researchers will also be joined by guest panelists: Angela Banda, STF Senior Administrative Staff; Samantha Becotte, STF Provincial Executive; and Lori Jeschke, Director, Prairie Spirit School Division to further the discussion and encourage more women to pursue leadership in Saskatchewan. 

To register for this upcoming Salon Series, please email

Teaching in a Pandemic: Why Promising Practices of Parent Engagement Matter More Than Ever

On November 18, 2020 the McDowell Foundation hosted their first virtual Salon Series event Teaching in a Pandemic: Why Promising Practices of Parent Engagement Matter More Than Ever. Attendees learned the importance of parent engagement in times of COVID-19. Three teachers from the Sun West School Division shared highlights from their completed research on how both teachers and families can build and maintain relationships during these unprecedented times.

Look forward to more virtual salon series like this one in the near future.

Culture-Based School Mathematics for Reconciliation and Professional Development

On November 2, 2019 in Saskatoon the McDowell Foundation supported a Salon Series to learn about the culture-based school mathematics for reconciliation. Education researchers shared 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 was co-sponsored in partnership with the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers' Society Professional Growth Network.

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