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Volunteer Opportunity: Foundation Board Members Needed!

Volunteer Opportunity: Foundation Board Members Needed!

October 31, 2018

The Foundation is currently accepting expressions of interest to sit on our Board of Directors. Directors are appointed for a three-year term and provide strategic direction, fiscal oversight and risk-management leadership for the Foundation. The Board meets approximately four times per year.

Serving on a non-profit board can support the development of leadership skills, encourage professional research in the province and be a great way to meet others who are passionate about public education. No previous research experience is necessary, and both teachers and those external to the professional are welcome to apply.

If you are interested, please submit a resume to mcdowellfoundation@stf.sk.ca by November 15, 2018.

DREAMING BIGGER: PERSONALIZING PACE, PLACE & TIME

October 23, 2018

A McDowell Salon Series will take place in North Battleford on Wednesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at John Paul II Collegiate (1491 97th Street). The conversation will include Lindell Gateley (ELA teacher), Jean Fauchon (Student Services teacher), Carlo Hansen (principal), Ashaun Pusey (graduate) and Ian Krips (Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation).

Through a roundtable discussion, the team will be sharing results from their research project funded by the McDowell Foundation. The project, entitled Time, Pace, Place: Using Flexible Design and Delivery to Support Learners, focuses on how adjusting space, time or place of learning can support students in acquiring high school credits. This presentation will move beyond the research project to share the experiences of teachers and students with flexible learning.

The Salon Series is designed to provide research teams with an opportunity to share their research and to engage community stakeholders in ongoing conversations about next steps. The McDowell Foundation has provided close to $2 million in funding supporting more than 283 teacher-led research projects for the benefit of Saskatchewan students.

 

 

Special Call for Research Applications – supporting middle years teaching!

September 10, 2018

The Foundation is pleased to announce that as part of the 2019-2020 Notice of Intent process, a special call for research projects in middle year’s education will occur. Teachers and other educators interested in pursuing a research project should contact the Foundation for more information and clearly state in their Notice of Intent that their project will focus on middle year’s education.

The Foundation accepts directed gifts from individuals or organizations to fund research in target areas that fit within the mission and mandate of the Foundation and enhance teaching and learning in the province. This year a donor provided a gift to support research that highlights the unique opportunities and challenges middle year’s educators experience.

The Ministry of Education defines middle schools education in Saskatchewan as grades 6-9.

For more information about this opportunity or about grant funding in general please contact the McDowell Foundation at mcdowell@stf.sk.ca.

Call for Research Grant Applications – Notice of Intent 2019-2020 Funding

September 7, 2018

The McDowell Foundation is inviting PreK-12 teachers and other educators to submit a Notice of Intent to begin the grant application process for research projects funded in the 2019-20 school year. Foundation grants provide funding, guidance and release time to support recipients’ project goals and activities.

Prior research experience is not necessary. The Notice of Intent and overall application process assists applicants in developing a meaningful and achievable research project which supports professional development through reflective practice. Grants totaling $85,000 are available.

Applications to the Foundation require a three-step process:

  • Notice of Intent (due November 13, 2018).
  • Draft Grant Application (due January 28, 2019).
  • Final Grant Application (due April 22, 2019).

The Notice of Intent is the first step in the process.  Once the Foundation receives the Notice of Intent the staff can support applicants in developing a full research application.

Please contact the Foundation for more information or to receive printed copies of the Research Call for Notice of Intent document.

News Release – McDowell Board of Directors Reallocates Education Research Funding

August 20, 2018

The McDowell Foundation Board of Directors has approved the reallocation of funding to support two additional teacher-led research projects, set to begin in Regina and the South East Cornerstone School Division this fall. These will replace another project that is no longer able to move forward.

The decision was made as a result of the unexpected death of Susan Greene, one of our teacher-researchers from the La Ronge community. Susan had been approved for research funding to lead a mental health research project called Gathering Strength: Indigenous Mental Health and High School. As the sole researcher, her project is not able to move forward.

“We would like to extend our condolences to the entire community of La Ronge on this tragic loss,” says Ellen Whiteman, Manager of the McDowell Foundation. “Susan was a respected teacher and leader in the community, and a passionate mental health advocate. She will be greatly missed.”

Her research project would have examined the impact of a locally developed mental health course she was planning to offer to her students in Northern Saskatchewan this fall.

“What makes this tragedy even more profound is that Susan’s work in this area will not be continuing,” says Whiteman, adding that the Foundation has a long history of supporting research projects throughout the province, including Northern Saskatchewan.

One of the new projects approved for funding will examine the impact of mental health programs on students in the Regina area. The other project will look at the impact of online education resources for English as an additional language students located in rural areas.

The revised list of 2018-19 projects approved for funding are:

  • Preliminary Steps: Investigating the Potential of Two Proactive School-Based Mental Health Programs in Saskatchewan (Regina)
  • Pursuing Best Practice with Rural EAL Students in the Online Classroom (South East Cornerstone School Division)
  • Culture-Based School Mathematics for Reconciliation and Professional Development (North East School Division)
  • 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)

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

Around the Campfire: Stories of miyo-pimātsiwin (the good life)

Around the Campfire: Stories of miyo-pimātsiwin (the good life)

April 4, 2018

The second McDowell Salon Series will take place in Prince Albert on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at Par Place (located on Highway 3 just west of the city). The conversation will include: Elder Wilma Felix-Schreder, Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation; Renée Carrière, Teacher, Charlebois Community School in Cumberland House; Leda Corrigal, Consultant, Northern Lights School Division; and Pauline McKay, Provincial Facilitator and Aboriginal Liaison for Following Their Voices.

Through a roundtable discussion, Carrière will be sharing results from her research project, funded by the McDowell Foundation. The project, entitled The Muskrat/Wuchusk Project, focuses on how to connect curriculum content and Ministry outcomes with Indigenous science and ways of knowing in secondary science courses. Carrière’s study integrates local community knowledge, scientific data collection, and Indigenous and Western ways of knowing in ways that engage students in meaningful, land-based education.

The Salon Series is designed to provide research teams with an opportunity to share their research and to engage community stakeholders in ongoing conversations about next steps. The McDowell Foundation has provided close to $2 million in funding for a total of more than 283 teacher-led research projects for the benefit of Saskatchewan students.

Learning From Practice – February 2, 2018

Learning From Practice – February 2, 2018

January 12, 2018

Learning From Practice – February 2, 2018 (photo)

The Learning From Practice conference is the McDowell Foundation’s opportunity for teachers to share research that impacts teaching and learning. The conference ensures Foundation funded researchers have the opportunity to share their project experiences and outcomes with their colleagues across the province.  This year’s conference will be held February 2, 2018, and features Corey O’Soup, Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth, as the keynote speaker.

In addition, research teams will present on their work in a number of areas including: physical literacy, flexible learning time, professional growth, treaty education, responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and more.

Register now

McDowell Salon Series Conversations: Exploring School-Related Anxiety Among High School Students

November 2, 2017

“There really aren’t times that I don’t experience anxiety. For me personally, it’s a constant issue when I’m at school.” -Student participant

“I experience anxiety at school on a daily basis I would say . . . There’s almost always this knot I feel in my stomach when I’m at school.” -Student participant

For researchers Dr. Jennifer de Lugt and Jennifer Chan, the need to provide high school students a voice in relation to school-related anxiety compelled them to develop their research project. Funded by the McDowell Foundation, the purpose of the project was to further the understanding of school-related anxiety as well as how these anxieties can be mitigated.

The project took place in the community of Moose Jaw and included both confidential journal entries and focus groups aimed at getting students to share not only their experience with school-related anxiety, but how their teachers could help.

For de Lugt and Chan, the importance of talking with students about school-related anxiety and providing the student a space to talk openly was an important starting point in supporting youth mental health.

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Foundation Board Members Needed!

November 1, 2017

The Foundation is currently accepting expressions of interest to sit on our Board of Directors.  Directors are appointed for a three year term and provide strategic direction, fiscal oversight and risk management leadership for the Foundation. The board meets approximately 4 times per year.

Serving on a non-profit board can support the development leadership skills, encourage professional research in the province and be a great way to meet others who are passionate about public education.  No previous research experience is necessary and both teachers and those external to the professional are welcome to apply.

If you are interested, please submit a resume to mcdowellfoundation@stf.sk.ca by November 15, 2017.

SAEA donates $17,000 for research into visual art education

SAEA donates $17,000 for research into visual art education

October 13, 2017

Visual art teachers see the importance of supporting and promoting quality arts education in the province. The Saskatchewan Art Educators Association, a professional growth network of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, has donated $17,000 to the Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation to support visual art education research in Saskatchewan. This directed gift will provide resources for exploring classroom-based research examining the importance of visual art in PreK-12 classrooms.

The SAEA executive voted unanimously to direct the gift to visual art education research in the province. As teachers, who are also artists, the importance of ensuring all children have access to a quality arts education is reflected in this generous donation.

As part of this year’s Notice of Intent process, a special call for research projects in visual art education will occur. Teachers and other educators interested in pursuing a research project should contact the Foundation for more information and clearly state in their Notice of Intent that their project will focus on visual art education.

The Foundation accepts directed gifts from individuals or organizations to fund research in target areas that fit within the mission and mandate of the Foundation and enhance teaching and learning in the province.

The SAEA executive members included in the photo are: left to right, upper row first: Merv Kuzminski, on computer: Ed Edmonds, Kaleah Balinski, Roberta Ross, Ann Donald, Kellie Bell, Sarah Gerrard, Suzy Schwankes, second lower row: left to right: Lila Kallstrom, Erin Haight, Pam Ollenberger,  and Karen Robinson.

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