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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.

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.

Do you remember your life-changing teaching moment?

March 25, 2020

Did you have a teacher or a research project that continued to inspire and structure your teaching career? At the McDowell Foundation, we want to continue to inspire and support many worthwhile research projects, just like those that changed your life.

Our projects and activities are student-centred and relevant to successful instruction in today’s classrooms. Teachers are doing research every single day. This year we have had an amazing group of research projects. Topics this past year include Early Years Education, Fine Arts, Inclusive Education, English as an Additional Language, Indigenous Education, Literacy and Language Arts, Mathematics and Science, Physical Education and Health, Social Justice and Equity, Teaching and Learning, and Technology and Education. If you would like to check out our current projects, please go to our website at .

Current and completed research projects represent countless hours of dedicated research by teachers and other educators in Saskatchewan. Have you ever thought of supporting the future of education for our children by giving to the McDowell Foundation through a Legacy Gift?

Simply stated, Legacy Giving is honouring a loved one by using the value of your donation dollars, small and large, to help make a difference with the McDowell Foundation in your will. Legacy Giving is people. People like you who want to and are making a difference in the world. People like you who would want to leave a legacy you will never see, but will help add “tomorrows” for our future Saskatchewan students. Is the McDowell Foundation already in your will? Thank you! Please let us know about your plans as it helps the Foundation plan for the future.

So what does your legacy look like? Have you ever wondered if you could provide a legacy with life insurance you no longer need? Many smart and forward thinking people buy life insurance to protect their family members. However, as life changes, so does your family and your life insurance needs. Next thing you know you have more coverage than you need. Did I just describe you? Did you know that if you are carrying a fully paid life insurance policy that your family no longer needs, you could donate it to the McDowell Foundation?

When you make a gift of life insurance, you will support our mission by enriching teaching and learning by supporting professionally led research. You will receive an immediate charitable tax receipt and help reduce estate taxes for your heirs while it costs you nothing in your lifetime. You can change your mind or revoke it at any time, and it allows you to be more generous than you ever thought.

It is easy to arrange and straight forward to see why this giving strategy is gaining popularity. It is a win-win situation as each gift makes a difference. Let your love of education become a part of your legacy as each legacy gift continues to be a transformative gift for our future students.

If you would like more tools for your Legacy Planning, our website offers some guidance. Visit . For gifts of a more complex nature, we highly recommend always having conversations with your family, lawyer, financial advisor, or accountant. If you have any questions, want to talk about our Legacy Society, or would like to know more about remaining anonymous, you can reach me 306-373-1660 or by email at We will be happy to help you every step of the way. Leave your mark on the future and start being remembered today! – CO

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.

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