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2019-20 Annual Report

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.


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

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and Professional School Staff’s Health and Well-Being from School Re-Opening Until the End of the School Year” has withdrawn for this Special Directed Call.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 If you would like to speak with one of the researchers, please contact the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Communications Unit for assistance.

McDowell Research Salon Series

McDowell Research Salon Series

January 29, 2018

The Salon Series is designed to provide research teams with an additional way to disseminate their research.  The salons or round table discussions will take place in communities across Saskatchewan and offer research teams the opportunity to partner up with other local stakeholders to both share their research findings and explore next steps or implementation strategies.