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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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Time, Pace, Place: Using Flexible Design and Delivery to Support Learners

Ramona Stillar
Frazer Donahue
Cheryl Dunits
Jean Fauchon
Shalen Fox
Carlo Hansen

This collaborative inquiry will explore how adjusting space, time or place of learning can support students in acquiring high school credits. The project will use distance learning along with face-to-face teaching to adjust for time, space and place.

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Using Video Analysis as Formative Assessment in the Physical Education Classroom

Russell Munkler
Cole Wilson

This study seeks to understand how the use of tablets to record and analyze videos of student performance can overcome some of these difficulties. IPads will be used to record student performance.  These videos can immediately be used to analyze the performance and give students visual cues as well as auditory cues to improve their…

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Exploring a Collaborative Unit Review Strategy as an Ecological Approach to Consultation

Tammy Ferguson

The overall purpose of the research is to explore a collaborative ecological approach to the intervention implementation stage of consultation between a psychologist working in schools and a classroom teacher. By exploring a collaborative unit plan review as a strategy for implementing an ecological approach model of consultation within schools, collaboration can be encouraged.

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A Closer Look at Visual Literacy, Year Two: High School Teacher Experiences On How Visual Literacy Impacts Learning

Lois Keller
Jacqueline Helman
Karon Guttormson

This project builds on the inquiry of a completed action research project by refining the original investigation: How does increasing visual literacy instruction within secondary classrooms increase engagement in learning? This project addresses the gap in digital and visual literacy skills expected for students in grades 9-12 in content areas and beyond school contexts but…

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Their Voices: What High School Students are Saying About School-Related Anxiety

Jenn de Lugt
Jenn Wiens

The purpose of this study is to further our understanding of anxiety as experienced by Grade 10 students in one high school in a mid-sized city in southern Saskatchewan. Through this initial study a better understanding is sought of the types of anxieties experienced by high school students, how it affects them, how they cope…

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Exploring Experiences of Educators of Students With Bipolar Diagnoses

Erin Richard

The purpose of this study is to explore how support can be provided to educators in understanding how to incorporate strategies to diagnosed bipolar students. As educators, teachers are not able to diagnose a student with a medical condition; however, they are required to educate all students to the best of their abilities. By exploring…

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Developing Physical Literacy in Children and Youth: Opening the Door to a Lifetime of Physical Activity

Cole Wilson

This project explores ways teachers can come together as a community of learners to explore effective ways to promote physical literacy in children. Physical literacy is a key component of the physical education curriculum. Children with high levels of physical literacy have been shown to have higher perceptions of competence, self-worth and overall fitness.

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Learning From Finnish Educators: Engaging With Innovative Ideas Around Pedagogy, Student Assessment, Curriculum Implementation and Indigenous Education in a Country That Values Teacher Professionalism

Paul Orlowski

Education is a global community and opportunities to learn from other educators must not be overlooked. This research project  explores what changes, if any, occurred in the thinking of participating educators on topics such as student assessment, curriculum implementation, literacy and numeracy pedagogy, Indigenous education and special education after learning from Finnish educators.  Participants were…

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