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Our History

The Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching is an independent registered charitable organization established by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation in 1991. We are named in honour of Dr. Stirling McDowell whose visionary work, internationally recognized research and ability to inspire co-operation and creativity in education was only exceeded by his unwavering pride and passion for student learning and the teaching profession.

Our projects and activities are student-centred and relevant to successful instruction in today’s classrooms. Teachers are doing research every single day; we are able to formalize that process with the ongoing support and engagement of the Federation and its more than 13,000 members.

With over 272 teacher-led research projects funded and a total of over $1.6 million in grants awarded, the results of our endeavours have had significant influence on students, teachers and communities all across Saskatchewan. We continue to be honoured every year to support passionate and engaged teachers in exploring innovative ways to best meet the educational needs of students.

Our Team

The operation of the McDowell Foundation is carried out with the support of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. Foundation staff are hired or assigned by the Executive Director of the STF. Core staff services are provided by individuals who work out of the STF office in Saskatoon.

The McDowell Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, the majority of who are teachers and supported by the Project Review Committee.

The 2018-19 Board of Directors are:

Sean Lockwood – McDowell President; Diana Jemieff Hayes – McDowell Vice-President; Darren Bird; Callie Lewry; Jane Isinger; Carlo Hansen; Jade Bloor; Martin Berg; John Schultz

The 2018-19 Project Review Committee members are:

Jennifer Dorval, Paul McTavish, Brandon Needham, Terry Wotherspoon, Twyla Salm