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.


The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on band students learning to play wind instruments in a group setting. As a result, music educators in Saskatchewan had to rethink new, safer approaches to instruction while also ensuring curriculum outcomes were achieved.

Teachers Kristen Myers and Katlyn Redding from Good Spirit School Division presented their research at the McDowell Foundation Salon Series, The Impact of COVID-19 on Band Teacher Practices in Saskatchewan, on January 18 at 7 p.m. In the webinar, they shared how teachers redesigned wind instrument band practices for Grade 5 to 12 students, as well as alternatives to traditional wind instrument-based instruction. 

A recording of the webinar will be posted following the event. 

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