National Congress on Rural Education in Canada

The 22nd National Congress on Rural Education in Canada will be held March 26-28, 2017 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. This year’s Congress Chair is Barbara Compton. Planning for the Congress is underway. We hope you plan on attending.

The 21st National Congress on Rural Education in Canada was held from March 20-22, 2016, at TCU Place in Saskatoon. The Congress welcomed 374 participants, displayers, and e-journalism students from eight provinces and three territories.  The theme of the conference was Imagine the Possibilities…

Saskatchewan Principals' Short Course (SPSC)

The Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course (SPSC) is sponsored by Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, Saskatchewan School-Based Leaders, and the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents.  SELU serves as administrator of the program on behalf of the Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Michelle Prytula, Dean of the College of Education, serves as Program Director.

The SPSC is open to teachers, current or prospective Saskatchewan principals and vice-principals, and others holding administrative responsibilities in schools (department heads, coordinators).  Graduate students in Educational Administration and Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan are advised that, given the prior approval of their advisor, this seminar may be included as part of their academic program.

SELU Fall Conference

SELU's Fall Conference, Leading Together, is planned for October 23-24th, 2017. Calls for presentations will be posted shortly. Registration is now open. We hope you will plan to join us for this exciting professional learning opportunity.

Educational Assistant Training

SELU works with special education experts to develop educational assistant training modules that prepare EAs for specific issues that arise in their work. These training opportunities are one day in length, and are facilitated by SELU consultants at school division offices or First Nation authorities. Contact us today to request a training opportunity for your organization, or to learn more about our educational assistant training modules.
  • Overview of the Ministry of Education’s Inclusionary Philosophy and Beliefs. Learn about roles in multi-disciplinary teams and practice skills of collaboration, team building, problem-solving and interpersonal communications.
  • Introduction to social basis of cognition, differentiated instruction, learning supports, and the educational assistant role in providing supports.
  • Academic supports for students as independent learners and an understanding of explicit instruction to build automatic and reasoning skills.
  • Behavioural supports for students’ emotional and behavioural development within the classroom and school community.
  • Understand children and youth with FASD and recommended strategies for environmental, learning and behavioural supports.

Special Events

The Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit plans customized special events for clients, ranging from small conversation circles or forums to conferences that are provincial or national in focus. They vary in size and scale, including half-day, multi-day or week long events, with or without trade shows.  We work closely with our clients to plan all aspects of the event including booking the facility, planning the program, contracting speakers, developing a communication plan, handling registrations and payments and collecting post-event feedback. Examples of two such special events are outlined below.

This workshop was organized by SELU in partnership with the Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation Inc., the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and the Azrieli Foundation.  High school teachers (Grades 9-12) were the target audience for the event.  The day included hearing a survivor’s eyewitness account of the Holocaust and opportunities to review resources, including the new citizenship education resources.  Approximately 50 people participated in the knowledge exchange day that was held in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

“This was an incredibly powerful experience for me. I will never forget being fortunate enough to hear the first-hand account of such a brave and inspiring woman.”

Courtney Wall, teacher
Regina Catholic School Division 

“Some of the best professional development I've experienced."             

Erinn Herranen, teacher 
Lumsden Elementary School

This province-wide event was organized by SELU in partnership with the Concentus Citizenship Educational Foundation Inc. and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. Community champions, decision-makers, leaders and stakeholders were the target audience for this event. Over 120 people from a myriad of organizations and agencies participated in the event that was held November 15, 2016 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Highlights of the day included keynote speakers Judge David Arnot and Dr. Joel Westheimer, an eight-member provincial panel and e-journalism students from Aden Bowman Collegiate. Check out the students’ blog to learn more about the forum.

“I am humbled by the support the different stakeholders displayed for the work teachers are doing in the classroom. It really provided hope and inspiration that this work will make a difference.”

Brett Kirk, teacher
Hanley Composite School 

“There is a strong network of people in education, social justice, government, police and law, and religious spheres doing good work and are willing to work together for a more just and equitable Saskatchewan.”

Rev. Ron McConnell
McClure United Church

“The voices of youth are even more powerful and inspiring than I knew.” 

Deborah Hamp, director of operations and engagement,
Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre