SPSC Advanced Learning Series

The SPSC Advanced Learning Series has been developed in response to the commitment of the Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, and the SPSC Advisory Committee to provide ongoing professional learning and networking opportunities to Short Course participants and their school division or First Nation education authority leaders.

We have observed the diminishing effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on professional development opportunities for educators in Saskatchewan and elsewhere.  To help mitigate this challenging situation for all, we will be offering each of the SPSC Advanced Learning Series events planned for the 2020-2021 academic year free of charge to Saskatchewan educators.  Priority is given to registrations using the "SPSC 2020 Participant Code."

Mental Health and Wellbeing:  A Human Curriculum for Calm Schools and Calm Classrooms

Date: September 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hosted by: Dean Michelle Prytula, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Presenter: Judy Jaunzems-Fernuk, BEd, MEd, RTC, MTC, PhD Candidate

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Judy has experience as a K-12 educator.  She is a professional member of the Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association and is a Registered Master Therapeutic Counsellor.  Judy is a Cross-Departmental PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Education.


Accommodation of Gender Identity and Religion in Schools

Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hosted by: Dean Michelle Prytula, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Presenter: Geraldine Knudsen, Solicitor, Saskatchewan School Boards Association

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In this webinar, the presenter will share information on legal issues related to the accommodation of gender identity and religion in schools.  This information will be of interest to school-based administrators and senior educational leaders.


The webinar will be presented on the WebEx platform.  Registration details will be available at a later date.


Citizenship Education: From “Classroom Ready” to “Classroom Engaged”

Date: March 23, 2021 
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hosted by: Dean Michelle Prytula, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Presenter: Judge David M. Arnot, Chief Commissioner, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission


Judge Arnot has been a tireless advocate for providing educators with classroom-ready resources that are aligned with provincial learning outcomes to support teachers in the delivery of treaty education and citizenship education. Judge Arnot will explore the rights and responsibilities of all citizens to be engaged in addressing social justice issues.




In March 2020, the University of Saskatchewan outlined special measures designed to ensure quality in the delivery of all educational programs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In full compliance with these measures, SELU has worked to transition many of its professional development opportunities to online delivery.  

As a result, we are conscious of the wide variety of technical backgrounds and facilities available to potential participants in our online events. To offer assurances—and to maintain our own—in advance of registration in any of our online programs, SELU requires that potential participants complete, and pass, the following two tests of their computer environment.  

Don't worry, there are no skill-testing questions. The two tests are designed to double-check that your internet connection, computer system, and software are sufficient and suitable to ensure a quality experience within our SPSC Advanced Learning events. Be aware that you will require (at a minimum) a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, microphone, and speakers, as well as web access through an updated version of the Chrome or FireFox web browser.

Step 1: Connection Sufficiency and Computer Suitability Tests

From the computer you intend to use when you participate in the SPSC 2020 Advanced Learning events, and with that computer connected to your internet service, please click on the following buttons to run each of the two tests.  We cannot stress enough that this test should be conducted using the configuration you intend to use during the SPSC 2020 Advanced Learning event.  Due to the very limited staffing we are permitted to maintain as a result of pandemic directives, we will be unable to provide anything beyond very rudimentary technical support on the days of the event—even if you are using recommended configurations.  Any advanced opportunity for us to better understand technical issues encountered by participants are very much appreciated.

Step 2: Confirmation of above Tests and Registration

For all participants such as yourself, we ask that following confirmation of the internet connections and software capabilities of your home computer, please complete the registration and confirmation form available by clicking the button below. Only once submitted and confirmed will you be eligible to receive an invitation to access the specific SPSC Advanced Learning WebEx site.