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04/24/17

Principal needs to champion teachers’ professional learning

Within a school’s professional community, the principal, as instructional leader or lead learner, is responsible for championing and facilitating teachers’ professional learning. Recently, a group of Saskatchewan school administrators forwarded questions regarding the instructional leader’s role in supporting teacher growth and development. What follows are a few of their questions along with responses arising out of recent educational research. What does the research say about leadership actions that have the greatest impact on staff learning? A wide range of research... +Read More
Bearhead
02/14/17

Bearhead implores educators to have courage to do things differently

Charlene Bearhead isn’t one who is in the least reluctant to speak her mind, but that doesn’t imply for a minute that the education lead at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation doesn’t have a cerebral side as well.… +Read More
01/23/17

PISA results can be misleading

Suffice to say some of the stories we have seen in the mainstream media in the days following the release of the 2015 PISA results, “designed to evaluate the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems,” regarding concerns over Saskatchewan results are somewhat misdirected. We are likely ranked number one among all provinces and countries. The data being reported was only one-third the PISA picture for Saskatchewan’s school systems – student performance. So conclusions are likely misleading. When performance, equitable... +Read More
12/06/16

Saskatchewan PISA 2015 Results Require Further Examination

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released today the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment 2015 international large-scale test of reading, mathematical and scientific literacy conducted with 15-year-old students. Canada ranked in the top five countries. “The… +Read More
11/08/16

Saskatoon public schools may ‘streamline’ frequency of standardized tests

The number of assessments students in Saskatoon’s largest school division have to take on top of regular classroom tests has been reduced, and division officials predict the trend will continue. At a board meeting last week, Saskatoon Public Schools trustees… +Read More
11/08/16

Educators call for end to standardized testing in classrooms

Some educators are calling for the end of standardized tests in New Brunswick after recent assessments showed results far below the targets set by the Department of Education. Erin Schryer, executive director of Elementary Literacy, says she doesn’t think a standardized test is the only way to know how well children are doing when it comes to literacy. “If the aim is to understand, fully understand how well our children are faring in learning to read, I do not think... +Read More
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