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History Underground: The Road to Reconciliation

Denee Repski
Justin Harrison

History Underground: The Road to Reconciliation is a project focused on providing students with an immersive learning experience where connections are made between the historical narratives (both colonial and Indigenous) and the current realities stemming from the legacy of these narratives. As educators, we both felt that there was a lack of genuine engagement from…

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Promising Practices for Family Engagement

Pam Sawatzky
Amber Thompson
Carly Robson Gilchrist

As three researchers, each from distinct rural communities, we will seek to establish and communicate a host of possible practices that are central to engaging families to support student learning. Our project proposal asks, “What practices offer possibilities for the meaningful engagement of parents?” and seeks as well to understand, “What are the critical elements…

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Exploring Refugee Children's Pre-and Post-Migration Educational Experiences

Dr. Christine Massing
Dr. Daniel Kikulwe
Katerina Nakutnyy

The ongoing war in Syria has led to the recent migration of comparatively large numbers of refugee children and families to Canada. The overall purpose of this study is to examine refugee children’s complex and varied educational experiences in Syria, in transition countries, and in elementary schools in Saskatchewan from their own points of view…

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Using Teacher Collaboration in an Islamic Faith-Based School to Nurture Student and Staff Sense of Belonging

Karl Krug

As Saskatchewan classrooms become increasingly diverse, it is essential that teachers become more culturally aware. This project is an investigation into how teacher collaboration can be used to nurture student and staff sense of belonging in an Islamic faith-based school. Collaboration is a method that includes teachers working together as equals to help students achieve…

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Off the Grid: Students Leading Positive, Sustainable Environmental Change

Michael Prebble

Students at Tommy Douglas Collegiate are working towards making their school a net-zero building as well as educating the youth in the community about the benefits of working with clean energy as opposed to the current non-renewable resource-based system. Our research will be focused on working with Grade 9 students from Tommy Douglas in the…

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Building Bridges - Our Youth, the Future “Voices of Unity”

Mel Sysing
Dustin Kasun

This project seeks to support, sustain and investigate ideas of anti-racist/anti-oppressive education to build upon and strengthen the depth of their understanding and continue the work of “I am the Bridge”. Moreover, this project seeks to connect, strengthen and educate both students and staff concerning settler/colonial education…reconciliation.  

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Teachers Leading Teachers: The Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit's Facilitator Community

Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson

The Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit (SPDU) facilitator’s community consists of educators from across the province who work with staff to plan and deliver a wide range of exciting and innovative professional growth opportunities. This project will explore the impact of the SPDU facilitator’s community on the teaching profession and on how professional development is offered…

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Using Teacher Collaboration to Increase Student Engagement

Paul McTavish
Michelle Brochu
Audrey Gavlas
Moira Hamm
Jonathan Pedersen
Cherie Wilke

The intent of this research project was to explore teacher experience and observations as teachers worked collaboratively to deepen their understandings of student engagement. More specifically, the researchers were interested in what considerations and dynamics were important to attend to when teachers worked collaboratively and what supports were needed.  The researcher found that collaborative work…

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Developing a Collaborative, Intellectually Engaged Team to Support Reading Comprehension

Davin Hildebrand
Cheryl Treptow
Andrea Pearson
Michelle Hildebrand
Daryl Pearson

Collaboration, intellectual engagement and reading comprehension instruction are merged in this project as a team of teachers in a single school explore how a focused collaborative team can impact student learning. The team found that to impact student learning a holistic view of reading comprehension, time, teacher autonomy, professionally led professional development and collaboration through…

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Bridging the Professional Learning Gap: Enhancing the Beginning Teacher Experience Through an Induction-By-Mentoring Model

Lynn Lemisko
Carol Demchuk-Kosolofski
Laurie Hellsten-Bzovey

The overall objective of this research was to examine the effectiveness and sustainability of an induction-by-mentoring model of support for beginning teachers. In our mentorship model, the beginning teacher’s classroom was the central focus, with regularly scheduled classroom visits by the mentor providing structure, continuity, relationship building and professional development opportunities. This pilot project demonstrates…

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