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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.

A big thank you!

August 6, 2021

Thank you for helping to imagine and create a sustainable, inspiring future through your donation to the McDowell Foundation. Your gift, no matter the size, helps to lift us all up.

Over the past year we made positive changes by addressing issues that impact a pandemic world through support for a special directed call for research in the classroom during COVID-19. As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic continually changed, so did the McDowell Foundation as it continues to take steps to help limit community spread by holding virtual events, meetings, and gatherings.

Since 1991, the McDowell Foundation has supported an amazing legacy of teacher-led research with real, immediate, and lasting educational effects funding more than 300 projects.

The McDowell Foundation would gratefully like to thank everyone that contributed to the Foundation through recognized donations and gifts in support for its research programs. You are contributing to the professional growth of the participating teachers and the advancement of teaching and learning practices in schools across our province.

We are deeply grateful to the members of the Project Review Committee for generously contributing their time and expertise, as well as the unwavering support from the provincial Executive and staff of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. And, thank you to our Board of Directors who have served our profession over the past year, we thank you for your leadership and commitment to strengthening the McDowell Foundation and its connections with teachers, students, and communities in order to improve outcomes for all learners.

Thank you!

Mindfulness During the Pandemic

June 3, 2021

The McDowell Foundation’s mandate is to provide our educators with opportunities to learn through educational research. We have heard repeatedly the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our lives, and as a result, in 2020 the Foundation decided to direct research funding specifically to COVID-19 in the classroom. We have also increased our overall research budget from $70,000 to $85,000 for the 2020-2021 funding year. Our research teams recognized the need to address mental health in schools targeting teacher and student mental health after self-isolation and during COVID.

No training tools exist to manage student learning effectively throughout or after a pandemic, however; through the research from Angela Csiki and Brent Keen, they gained some interesting results on Reducing Student Stress During COVID-19 through Mindfulness. Mindfulness refers to a state of mind characterized by awareness and attention in the present moment by an accepting, curious, and non-judgmental attitude. The idea behind mindfulness was that the training and ongoing practice could decrease students’ stress and increase well-being throughout all their relationships.

As we all struggle through the pandemic, any type of mindfulness can help not only our students but ourselves to develop healthier outlooks for life, improvements in mood, stress level, and overall quality of life that can help us feel happier.

We are grateful for the ongoing support from our donors and supporters for our research projects such as one of our many worthy projects like Brent and Angela’s. If you are interested in learning more about our other pandemic research projects, visit where we have more details and also how you can help us support our future projects with your donation. – Colleen Ostoforoff

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.

Directed Call for Research 2020 – COVID -19

June 17, 2020


No single event has impacted teaching and learning in the history of the province like the 2020 global pandemic. Given that we don’t know when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available or when restrictions around large public gatherings will be fully lifted, the fall return to school will likely present challenges and opportunities for Saskatchewan educators.

Like many of you, McDowell Foundation is curious about the fall and the longer-term impacts of the pandemic on Saskatchewan classrooms and pedagogy. The Foundation wants to continue to support teacher-led research the best way we know how, by providing access to funding, research and networking opportunities. As such, the Foundation has developed special research grants to support teacher-led research to explore this specific topic.

Saskatchewan PreK-12 teachers and other educators are invited to submit an application for McDowell Foundation’s directed call for research 2020. Grants of up to $5,000 per project will be awarded for research projects to explore the impact of COVID-19 on Saskatchewan classrooms.

Call for research applications for the 2021-2022 school year will occur starting in September and are separate from the Directed Call for Research – COVID-19 process.

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge

June 11, 2020

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is a National public contest to benefit any registered Canadian charity. An initiative from CanadaHelps, it encourages Canadians across the country to donate to charities throughout the month of June.

Every dollar donated to the McDowell Foundation by an individual in June via, or, is an automatic entry for The McDowell Foundation to win a $20,000 donation from Individuals are also encouraged to share socially to encourage their friends to participate as well.

Every $1 donated IN JUNE is an automatic entry for your charity of choice to win (minimum $3 donation required). Challenge begins June 1, 2020 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Grand prize draw is on CANADA DAY, July 1, 2020 – $20,000 will be donated to the winning charity. Only donations made on or through the website will be entered for the prize draw.

In 2019, the fifth annual Great Canadian Giving Challenge, over 109,000 Canadians participated, donating more than $14 million to over 12,000 charities, representing a 25% increase in donations compared to June 2018’s annual Great Canadian Giving Challenge.

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