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CULTURE-BASED SCHOOL MATHEMATICS FOR RECONCILIATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CULTURE-BASED SCHOOL MATHEMATICS FOR RECONCILIATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

October 17, 2019

A McDowell Salon Series will take place in Saskatoon on Saturday, November 2 at 11:40 a.m. at Circle Drive Alliance Church (3035 Preston Avenue South). The conversation will include:

  • Sharon Meyers (Educator, First Nations and Métis Education Consultant and Lead Researcher).
  • Glen Aikenhead (Curriculum Studies, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan).
  • Ruth Beatty (Undergraduate studies in education, Lakehead University).
  • Christina Ruddy (Knowledge Keeper, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation).

Through a roundtable conversation, the participants will be exploring ideas developed through a research project entitled Culture-Based School Mathematics for Reconciliation and Professional Development that was funded by the McDowell Foundation. The conversation will focus on three key areas:

  • The importance of including Indigenous and Western ways of knowing on mathematics curriculum.
  • The need to unlearn ideas in order to create space for learning.
  • The importance of collaboration and support in professional development.

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 300 teacher-led research projects for the benefit of Saskatchewan students.

McDowell Foundation Receives Honourary Patronage of the Lieutenant Governor

August 8, 2019

SASKATOON – The Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching is pleased to announce that His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan will serve as the Honourary Patron of the Foundation during his term in office.

“We are thrilled that the Lieutenant Governor will be continuing his support of the McDowell Foundation in his new role,” McDowell Foundation Manager Ellen Whiteman stated. “During his time as a member of the board of the Foundation, His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty was a valued addition by bringing his knowledge of northern Saskatchewan and serving as our public representative.”

The McDowell Foundation provides funding for teacher-led research in the province through their partnership with the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. In their more than 25 years, the Foundation has funded almost 300 teacher-led research projects and awarded over $1.8 million in grants. His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty served as a member of the board for the past year.

The Lieutenant Governor’s service to education has also been shown through helping lead the Student First Engagement Process and as a member of the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents.

“We are grateful for His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty’s deep commitment to education and wish him all the best as our province’s Lieutenant Governor,” said Whiteman.

PARENT/GUARDIAN VOICES: EXPERIENCES AND PERSPECTIVES OF PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES

PARENT/GUARDIAN VOICES: EXPERIENCES AND PERSPECTIVES OF PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES

April 30, 2019

A McDowell Salon Series will take place in Regina on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at Arcola Community School (2315 Abbott Road). The conversation will include Krista McMillen (Educator and Lead Researcher), Alaina Harrison (Inclusion Saskatchewan), Tracy Kosteniuk (Parent), Jennifer Walter (Parent), Sarah West (Parent), and Trish Hastings (Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation).

Through a roundtable conversation, the team will be sharing results from their research project funded by the McDowell Foundation. The project, entitled Parent/Guardian Voices: Experiences and Perspectives of Parents of Children With Exceptionalities, focuses on the experiences of parents acting as advocates for inclusion within the education system for their students with exceptional needs.

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.

Muskrats and Fire Book Now Available

March 29, 2019

Now Available:

For Purchase or Download

To download a copy, click here.

Muskrats and Fire, written by Renée Carrière in collaboration with Charlebois Community School students in Cumberland House, provides a personal account of their journey to discover; where have all the muskrats gone?

 

The book weaves historical and present-day teachings shared by community Knowledge Keepers with the Saskatchewan K-12 curriculum. Stories centre around one Cree dialect and the cultural experiences of a specific community. It is not meant to encompass all Indigenous communities or cultural practices.

 

To purchase copies, contact
the McDowell Foundation at
306-373-1660/Toll free: 1-800-667-7762
mcdowell@stf.sk.ca

2017-2018 Annual Report

December 6, 2018

The Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching Inc. Annual General Meeting was held December 2018. The 2017-18 Annual Report was presented to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Executive.

McDowell News – December 2018

December 5, 2018

It is hard to believe that it is already December. Season’s greetings from the McDowell Foundation. Please check out our December newsletter for the latest updates from the Foundation.

Learning from Practice 2019

November 29, 2018

Learning From Practice has been scheduled for February 1, 2019 at the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation building in Saskatoon. In thinking about our theme this year and the projects that will be present, we will build on the conversations that will be occurring in the province about the role of publicly funded education (Re-Imagine and the Summit on Education) and explore the importance of locally based research in building community.

Instead of having one keynote speak this year we will host a keynote panel. The panel will be comprised of Patricia Prowse, Jeff Perry, and Diana Jemieff-Hayes.

Patricia Prowse – Associate Director, Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU)

  • Patricia is also a teacher by training and spent 35 years in the PreK-12 education sector where she was an elementary teacher, school-based leader, and superintendent of education. She was also one of two Student First Advisors appointed by the Ministry of Education in 2013 to lead a provincewide engagement process on how to improve the education system by putting students first. She met with students, parents, caregivers, teachers, and the broader education sector and understands the importance of locally based initiatives and the research that supports it. Patricia will be talking about the experience of engaging in consultations across the province and the importance of public involvement.

Jeff Perry

  • Jeff is the local association president for Regina Public and has provided significant leadership in the Re-Imagine initiative. Jeff has done both teacher and public consultations as well as several media appearances supporting the Re-Imagine project. Jeff will share his experience as a local leader.

Diana Jemieff-Hayes

  • In addition to being the current vice-president of the McDowell Foundation, Diana is a former McDowell researcher. Diana will be talking about the importance of community-based research within the education system and the role the McDowell Foundation can play to ensure ongoing reflection includes a public voice.

To register for the conference visit https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/events-calendar/learning-practice

McDowell Researchers Share How Flexible Learning Can Support Student Success

November 15, 2018

NORTH BATTLEFORD – On November 21, teachers from John Paul II Collegiate are sharing results of their award-winning research exploring how technology and a shift in teaching approaches can help students to graduate.

“Learning doesn’t start and end when the bell rings,” said Ramona Stillar, teacher and lead researcher of the Time, Pace, Place: Using Flexible Design and Delivery to Support Learners project. She is facilitating a Salon Series, entitled Dreaming Bigger: Personalizing Pace, Place & Time, to share their work. The event will take place at the school from 7 to 9 p.m.

“The ability to provide flexibility around the pace of learning allows teachers to customize the learning experience for our students,” said Stillar. “More importantly, it gives students greater control over when, where and how learning occurs.”

She and her 12-member team received a grant from the McDowell Foundation to test how introducing flexible learning opportunities can impact teacher workloads and student success. As part of their project, the team created interactive, online courses. This allowed students to work independently and at their own pace, while still being able to access face-to-face support and instruction from teachers as needed. Teachers kept a daily log to track student progress, which included student learning plans and goals, challenges and areas for improvement.

“Teachers need time to learn, plan and make changes, but this work requires more than time and technology,” said principal Carlo Hansen. “To successfully implement pace, place and time learning, teachers also need administrative support, strong leadership, a collaborative environment and support from their colleagues.”

Both Hansen and Stillar agree that flexible learning provides many benefits, especially for students who need to work or care for children or other family members during the day; newcomers; students living with physical, emotional or mental health challenges; high-performance athletes; and transient students or others struggling to acquire the credits needed to graduate.

For some students, like Canadian newcomer Ashaun Pusey, flexible learning can mean the difference between graduating or not graduating. Pusey’s family arrived from Jamaica on October 1, 2016. He had to start school mid-semester, which can be particularly challenging for any student. He credits his graduation success to the support he received.

“The school and teachers provided such flexibility and diversity around learning that it helped me keep up,” said Pusey. “The teachers had a great mindset; I really appreciated their approach.” To hear more about his experience, check out Tracie’s Story, The Teacher Project (Season 1), which is accessible on the Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation YouTube channel.

Ellen Whiteman, manager of the McDowell Foundation, said Salon Series conversations like these provide a great opportunity for teachers to engage with their communities.

“We host Salon Series events in Saskatchewan communities twice annually,” said Whiteman. “Public education is the heart of many communities. It impacts the entire province. We want the public to know about the important work teachers are doing, and to invite the community to help us create strategies to sustain and spread these classroom innovations.”

To date, the McDowell Foundation has provided approximately $2 million in funding for more than 283 teacher-led research projects for the benefit of Saskatchewan students.For more on the Salon Series, how to access research funding or ways you can support teacher-led research in the province, please visit the McDowell Foundation website.

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.

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