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Research Completed Projects

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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Identifying Consistent Social Supports That Would Benefit FNIM Adult Learners at Royal West Campus

Kimberley MacLeod
Deidra Evans
Cody Dill

The focus of this research was to learn from First Nations, Métis and Inuit students attending an alternative adult learning program about their experiences with both supportive and non-supportive teaching environments. The students described the importance of community or a sense of belonging, cultural teachings within the school, relationships with teachers or the school community…

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Exploring Visual Literacy: Secondary Teacher Reflections on how Visual Literacy Impacts Adolescent Learning

Lois Keller
Karon Guttormson
Jacqueline Helman

This action research project aimed to explore how teaching visual literacy would impact teaching and learning. Teachers and consultants worked collaboratively to explore how visual literacy could be incorporated into the classroom. This project recognized the historical privileging of print-based media and recognized that multiple forms of texts are increasingly prevalent in their students’ worlds…

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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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Superhumans: How Teachers Use Graphic Novels to Improve Engagement in Student Learning

Scott Allen

This researcher explores the impact on student engagement of including graphic novels as part of English or French language arts programs at the secondary level. Four teachers meet regularly to collaboratively plan and reflect on the use of graphic novels in their classes. The study found that students were prepared for class, completing their homework,…

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E-kiweyitotamakh Kitayisinewinanaw Reclaiming Our Cree Language Through Oral Tradition

Charlotte Campbell
Diane Peekeekoot

This project was student-driven and came about as the result of a school survey sent home to families. Students had expressed the desire to learn their traditional language, Cree, and the goal was to revitalize traditional Cree language in the school. An invitation was issued to community Elders to share lunch at the school as…

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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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Early Education Reading Intervention for ELL Students

Diana Jemieff
Barb Ludba
Corey Holowachuk

This study examines and attempts to develop best practices in reading interventions for English language learners (ELLs). The project focused on primary grades (1-3) and looked at strategies teachers could use to support ELL students. The research included developing effective strategies, collaborative professional work time, the importance of one-on-one time with ELL students and the…

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Effect of Daily Math Home Practice on Automaticity of Basic Math Facts

Bing Cui
Tammy Boychuk

This research project used a qualitative approach to investigate whether the practicing of basic mathematical facts at home improves automaticity, fluency and accuracy. Number talks were used in this project to increase number sense and connections, mathematical thinking and reasoning, and different mental mathematical and computational skills. There is evidence in the literature that practice…

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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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