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Breaking Out of the Textbox – Increasing Outdoor Learning

February 19, 2021

Join the McDowell Foundation’s virtual Salon Series Breaking Out of the Textbox – Increasing Outdoor Learning on March 4, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to understand the value of outdoor learning and how it can help improve the lives of students, foster reconciliation, and connect to one’s grass roots.

Hear from Saskatoon teacher and McDowell Researcher, Nicole Turner, as she shares her findings on solutions and supports in addressing the barriers and challenges of incorporating outdoor learning into the classroom. Also, join the conversation and listen to a panel of teachers who will share their experiences of integrating outdoor learning into their lesson planning. The event will be facilitated by Nicole Turcotte from Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Professional Learning.

To register for this upcoming Salon Series, please email

Women in Educational Leadership: A Conversation

January 7, 2021

Join the McDowell Foundation’s virtual Salon Series, Women in Educational Leadership: A Conversation, on January 21, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to hear and discuss the experiences of women in educational leadership in Saskatchewan. Two female researchers, Amy Orth and Amy Korver from the Prairie Spirit School Division, will share their experiences along with highlights and challenges from nine other female administrators in education. They will identify trends in female leaders, the barriers they face as they enter administration positions, and the impact it has on their school culture.

The researchers will also be joined by guest panelists: Angela Banda, STF Senior Administrative Staff; Samantha Becotte, STF Provincial Executive; and Lori Jeschke, Director, Prairie Spirit School Division to further the discussion and encourage more women to pursue leadership in Saskatchewan.

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.

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

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