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 throughout the year 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.

Creating Community and Social Connection to Support Deep Understanding in Asynchronous Distance Learning

Join the McDowell Foundation’s virtual Salon Series, Creating Community and Social Connection to Support Deep Understanding in Asynchronous Distance Learning, on November 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Researcher Racquel Biem and guests will be discussing her research into ways distance learning can be strengthened in Saskatchewan. Her project explores how focusing on community and social connection can enhance the experience for teachers and students. Motivation for her research began before the COVID-19 pandemic, but her work couldn’t be timelier given the number of students and teachers thrust into online learning at the height of the pandemic.

Joining the virtual event for a panel discussion are Biem’s research supervisor, Dirk Morrison, an associate professor and graduate chair, curriculum studies at the University of Saskatchewan; Michael Barbour, associate professor of instructional design for the College of Education and Health Services at Touro University California in Vallejo, CA; and Linda Aspen-Baxter, associate director, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Professional Learning.

The event is being facilitated by the McDowell Foundation and will be of interest to teachers engaged in distance learning, including superannuates. To register, please email

This Salon Series is being recorded and will be posted to the McDowell Foundation website one week following the event.

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