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Research Completed Projects

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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Moving Into the 21st Century With Second-Language Learning: iParle français

Dana Sanders
Tina Anderson

The goal of this research was to use innovative ways to addresses fossilized errors in French immersion classrooms or errors that occur in oral language because of the influence of the first language (in this case primarily English). IPads were used to both help with student engagement in oral learning and to provide a tool…

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Effectively Supporting the Professional Development and Growth of Teachers

Susan Plant
Jennifer Dorval

Learning coaches are privileged to have a place within the school system.  Learning coaches operate under three “C’s”: consultation, collaboration and coaching. This research project involved two experienced teachers, one beginning teacher and the two learning coaches who explored the impact learning coaches could have on teaching and learning in a school division. Throughout the research the…

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Teacher Induction and Learning Through a Professional Development School: The St. Anne Inquiry-Based Learning Community

Michelle Prytula
Darren Fradette
Bonnie Mihalicz
Cari Anning
Jayla Irvine
Paul McTavish

  Inquiry learning is a teaching strategy that places student interest or a question that is posed by the student at the centre of the lesson.  Learning occurs through questioning, exploration, knowledge building and then representing and sharing that knowledge with others.  This project explored how inquiry-based learning could happen in a primary school. The…

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Sustainable Successful Teacher Induction: From Praxis to Practice

Michelle Prytula
Archibald Courtney
Jason Benson
Kent Gauthier
Laurie Hellsten
Christine Makahonuk
Bonnie Mihalicz
Michael Pesenti
Nicole Syrota

This study explored the effectiveness of the professional learning community model for teacher induction. The three major themes found were that the PLC provided a sustained opportunity for learning at various stages of teacher development; the structure and goals of the PLC affected participants’ motivation and ability to learn and to mentor; and the model’s…

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Creating a Culturally Responsive Learning Program That Benefits All Learners: Exploring the Work of Catalyst Leadership Teams in Selected Saskatchewan Schools

Brandon Needham
Dr. Michael Cottrell

This inquiry explores the efforts of selected educators to transform schools into more invitational and culturally affirming learning environments as a means of improving Aboriginal student achievement and enhancing cross-cultural harmony in Saskatchewan. In addition to enhancing teaching and learning in K-12 contexts, the project also considers how insights from this research might inform teacher…

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The Muskrat/Wuchusk Project

Renee Carriere

This project examines how to connect curriculum content and Ministry outcomes with Indigenous science and ways of knowing in secondary science courses.  The study integrates local community knowledge, scientific data collection and Indigenous and Western ways of knowing in ways that engage students in meaningful, outdoor education.    

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Creating Opportunities for Using Family Funds of Knowledge to Support Literacy Skills

Callie Lewry
Sharla Currie

The overall purpose of the research is to explore ways to engage families in using and sharing their family funds of knowledge to increase literacy skills in early childhood. A community kitchen approach is used in a community school experiencing limited parental involvement to draw families together to learn from and support each other and…

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To Thrive and Flourish: Supporting Beginning Teachers Through an Induction-by-Mentoring Approach in Rural Saskatchewan

Lynn Lemisko
Carol Demchuk-Kosolofski
Laurie Hellsten

The purpose of this study is to build on a completed project which examined the efficacy of an induction-by-mentoring model to support beginning teachers in a rural school division. More specifically, this study will deepen understandings by expanding the investigation to include examination of the implementation of an induction-by-mentorship approach in a primarily rural, geographically…

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Exploring Student’s relationships to treaty through the Treaty4Project

Naomi Sara Fortier-Frecon
Leia Laing

Treaty 4: The next generation project (also known as Treaty4Project) is an educative project that allows students to explore the idea of treaty citizenship in order to understand the role of their generation in Treaty 4 territory (Saskatchewan) today and in the future.  The project brought together an Elder, a Cree/Metis artist, university professors, activists,…

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