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Breaking Out of the Textbox – Increasing Outdoor Learning

Breaking Out of the Textbox – Increasing Outdoor Learning

February 19, 2021

Join the McDowell Foundation’s virtual Salon Series Breaking Out of the Textbox – Increasing Outdoor Learning on March 4, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to understand the value of outdoor learning and how it can help improve the lives of students, foster reconciliation, and connect to one’s grass roots.

Hear from Saskatoon teacher and McDowell Researcher, Nicole Turner, as she shares her findings on solutions and supports in addressing the barriers and challenges of incorporating outdoor learning into the classroom. Also, join the conversation and listen to a panel of teachers who will share their experiences of integrating outdoor learning into their lesson planning. The event will be facilitated by Nicole Turcotte from Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Professional Learning.

To register for this upcoming Salon Series, please email mcdowell@stf.sk.ca.

2019-20 Annual Report

December 1, 2020

The Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching Inc. Annual General Meeting was held November 27th, 2020. The 2019-20 Annual Report was presented to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Executive.

TEACHING IN A PANDEMIC: WHY PROMISING PRACTICES OF PARENT ENGAGEMENT MATTER MORE THAN EVER

November 4, 2020

Join the McDowell Foundation in our first virtual Salon Series event on November 18, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. to learn the importance of parent engagement in times of COVID-19. Three teachers from the Sun West School Division will share highlights of their recently completed research on how both teachers and families can build and maintain relationships during these unprecedented times.

To register for this upcoming salon series, please email mcdowell@stf.sk.ca.

October 2020 Newsletter

October 9, 2020


Please check out our October newsletter for the latest updates from the Foundation.

We are saddened that the project “Understanding the Emotional Impacts of COVID-19 on Teachers’, Administrators’, and Professional School Staff’s Health and Well-Being from School Re-Opening Until the End of the School Year” has withdrawn for this Special Directed Call. We hope that they will continue their research in the future.

2018-19 Annual Report

February 18, 2020

The Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching Inc. Annual General Meeting was held November 29th, 2019. The 2018-19 Annual Report was presented to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Executive.

McDowell Board of Directors Approves $88,000 in Education Research Funding

June 25, 2018

SASKATOON – The McDowell Foundation Board of Directors has approved more than $88,000 in education research funding. The money will support seven new teacher-led projects for the upcoming school year.

Funding will support teachers in Saskatoon, Regina, La Ronge and teachers in the North East and Sun West School Divisions. Research projects will explore student mental health and reconciliation and the educational experiences of refugee children. Other projects will look at the sense of belonging amongst students and staff in an Islamic faith-based school and parent engagement in rural settings.

“Frontline teachers know their students and classes,” says Ellen Whiteman, Manager of the McDowell Foundation. “They’re in an ideal position to identify and examine areas for improvement.”

The 2018-19 projects approved for funding are:

  • Culture-Based School Mathematics for Reconciliation and Professional Development (North East School Division)
  • Gathering Strength: Indigenous Mental Health and High School (La Ronge)
  • Using Teacher Collaboration in an Islamic Faith-Based School to Nurture Student and Staff Sense of Belonging (Regina)
  • Exploring Refugee Children’s Pre- and Post-Migration Educational Experiences (Regina)
  • History Underground: The Road to Reconciliation (Regina)
  • Promising Practices for Family Engagement (Sun West School Division)
  • Exploring Indigenous Understanding and Reconciliation Through Art (Saskatoon)

Whiteman says the McDowell Foundation is honoured to be able to support the curiosity of Saskatchewan teachers. These innovations are possible because of the generosity of McDowell Foundation donors.

For the past 26 years, the McDowell Foundation has been funding teacher-led research in Saskatchewan schools. To date, the McDowell Foundation has granted more than $1.75 million to support education research that directly impacts student learning.

For more information, please visit the McDowell Foundation website at www.mcdowellfoundation.ca. If you would like to speak with one of the researchers, please contact the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Communications Unit for assistance.

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