Leadership in a Time of Change
Change leadership has the potential to have a positive impact on our school worlds. Some changes can be anticipated ─ some changes will be large ─ some small (but no less important), change consciousness and foresightedness are important leader assets. In this session, educational leaders will answer questions related to change leadership and offer advice on how to lead in a time of unprecedented change.
Bobbie Taillefer - Executive Director Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF)
Bobbi Taillefer joined the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation as the Executive Director in March 2021. A bilingual educator, Bobbi has over 30 years of experience from the classroom to leadership roles with notable teacher member organizations. Bobbi holds a Law and Economics diploma from Aix-Marseille University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Manitoba, and a Human Resources Certificate from Cornell University as well as certificates in governance training. After growing up in Ontario, Bobbi moved to Manitoba and started her career as a teacher and Principal at both the elementary and high school levels. She then went on to work for the Manitoba Teachers’ Society for 21 years, starting as a staff officer in labour relations, then becoming Deputy General Secretary, finally serving as General Secretary.
Darren McKee - Executive Director Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA)
Darren McKee is originally from O-Chi-Cha-Ko-Sipi First Nation in the Interlake region of Manitoba but completed his formal schooling in Saskatchewan. Darren has a B.Ed. (with Distinction) and M.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan and has been a classroom teacher, in-school administrator, Superintendent, and Director of Education. In 2011, he became the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. Darren has presented at a number of national and international conferences on leadership and Aboriginal education and currently sits on a number of national boards. Darren’s knowledge and experience make him a highly sought-after coach, consultant, and speaker. Specifically, Darren provides these services in the area of education, government, First Nations, or Indigenous peoples relating to change, leadership, relations, and strategic directions.
Ben Grebinski - Executive Director Saskatchewan League of Educational Administrators, Directors & Superintendents (LEADS)
Ben Grebinski is a long-time Educational Administrator who has served in the Public Education Sector for 45 years. Ben has held positions as classroom teacher, Communications Officer, Department Head, Vice Principal, Principal, Superintendent and Director/CEO of Education, Coach, Systems Trainer, and Professional Development Facilitator. His experiences span across Rural and Urban as well as Catholic and Public Education systems. Ben has also served as a Special Guest Lecturer and Sessional Lecturer with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. Ben's experiences extend beyond the field of Education and into such areas as Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Public Sector Board Governance, Public Policy, First Nation/ Indigenous People relations, Sports Administration, Human Resources/Performance Development, Conflict Resolutions, Mediation, and Arbitration. Ben has served on Public Sector and Not for profit Boards and has held leadership roles within each of these experiences.
Deloris Netmaker - Executive Director of Education, Education & Training Secretariat, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN)
Deloris Netmaker is from Big River First Nation. She has been married for 30 years, with 4 sons and 2 grandsons. She is a fluent Cree speaker. She really enjoys this time in her life as a wife, mother, and grandmother! Being an educator at this time has been both challenging and exciting – being a grandmother has been one of her greatest motivations. Deloris has been involved in Education for over 25 years. She has served in the classroom as a teacher in all grades, success coach, Special Ed./Resource, a Principal and Vice-Principal, as well as a Superintendent. She has worked in various First Nations and in the city of Saskatoon. Through her experiences, it has given her insight into the needs of the students and the challenges they face.
It has been an honor and privilege for Deloris to serve as the Executive Director of Education for the last three years at FSIN. The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is a Saskatchewan-based First Nation organization. The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honoring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well the promotion, protection, and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
Moderator and Host:
Dr. Keith Walker - Professor, Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Keith Walker is a professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan. His academic interests, expertise, and activity revolve around executive leadership, organizational development, positive organizational studies, governance, and applied ethics in education, public administration, and not-for-profit sectors. He most identifies with his roles as husband, father, grand-father, teacher-scholar, apprentice, colleague, mentor, and friend. Keith is married to Viv (M.D., C.C.F.P., P.C.), who works as a physician (family and palliative medicine). His formal education has been in several disciplines and fields of study, including physical education, theology, philosophy, education, and educational administration (B.P.E., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D., Dip C.S., D.D. (honoris causa)).
A Day in the Life of a Principal
This session will allow participants to hear from two newly appointed principals. They will share what principals can expect to face in their role as school leaders, discuss what they wish they had have known, and provide personal experiences from their first year as administrators. Time for questions and answers will be provided.
Robin Heshka - Principal, Prairie South School Division
Robin Heshka taught grade 1 for 9 years and grade 4 for 1 year in the Good Spirit School Division before moving to Prairie South School Division for a vice-principalship in a Pre-K – grade 8 school. After 2 years, she took the principalship position within the same school. Robin has a passion for Early Childhood Education and completed her Master's degree at Western University in London, Ontario. She is currently working on her Certificate of Extended Studies in Early Childhood Education through the University of Regina. The highlight of her teaching career was when she had the opportunity to teach grade 1 out of the Yorton Regional Care Home. It is at this time she understood the value of relationships. Robin sits on various committees including The McDowell Foundation, her local FNMI committee, and will soon be adventuring off to Guyana to teach leadership and administration workshops with the STF and Project Overseas.
Sandra Baldwin - Principal, Prairie South School Division
Sandra Baldwin taught for 19 years in senior and middle years mathematics and science classrooms in Sun West School Division before moving into the principal role at Central Butte School in Prairie South School Division this past year. Most of her teaching career has been in rural K-12 settings where she has been able to coach multiple sports teams, lead numerous outdoor education adventures, and develop and facilitate learning opportunities for students and teachers connected to coding and technology. In addition to her school level experience, she was seconded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education as a mathematics Item Developer, spent two years as the executive assistant for the Provincial Special Education Review Committee, and has served as a reserve member in the Royal Canadian Navy. Sandra completed her master’s degree in Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan where she also earned ungraduated degrees in Education and in Agriculture.
acimowin – to tell a story
In this keynote, I will share my residential school story. As an artist, I visit a fractured time in history and create artwork that repairs the fracture, this is referred to as a reparative act. When we attended the residential schools, we were taken out of the safety of our families, stripped of our culture, our language that guided us and helped us negotiate our nehiyaw environment, our nehiyaw pimatisiwin, our Cree life, and our nehiyaw wiyasiwewina/ our Cree laws and teachings. In this keynote, I invite you to walk alongside by listening to my story, and together we can work towards the reparation of a tragic history that has impacted generations.
Kookum Linda Young - Doctoral Student Traditional Knowledge Keeper
Linda Young is a paskwaw-nehiyaw/Plains Cree from Onion Lake Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory. She speaks Plains Cree ‘y’ dialect. She is the eldest in her family of 6 brothers and 5 sisters. She has 2 daughters and 3 sons, 13 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Linda has been married to Grant for 41 years. Linda’s introduction to Western education started at Saint Anthony’s Roman Catholic Indian Residential School in Onion Lake. She went on to take upgrading and then entered university as a mature student. To date, she has received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), a Masters in Education (M.Ed.), and is currently a Doctoral student at the University of Saskatchewan. Her goal is to learn how to write in nehiyawewin/Cree syllabics and to speak Cree better. Her dream is for Cree speakers from her generation, the fourth generation of residential school survivors, to learn to speak Cree the way the Old People spoke. She believes being a confident Cree speaker helps to unlock the memory that holds knowledge about our nehiyaw history, ceremonies, songs, medicines and sacred stories/âtayôhkanak.
https://vimeo.com/543353638 (in-depth version)
https://vimeo.com/543372833 (Overview version)
Saskatchewan’s Provincial Education Plan for 2020-2030
On November 27, 2019, the Minister of Education released the Framework for the Provincial Education Plan 2020-2030, which was co-constructed with education partners. The framework is guiding the education sector in collaborative work to develop a provincial education plan for Saskatchewan students to 2030. The four priorities within the framework that guide the building of the new plan are: inclusive, safe, and welcoming learning environments; ensuring students have the skills and knowledge for their future; forming connections and relationships; and supporting mental health and well-being. A Provincial Education Council and Provincial Education Plan Implementation Team have focused initial work on an interim plan that will support students and staff for the upcoming school year as the province emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to work towards a longer-term plan to 2030.
Susan Nedelcov-Anderson, Assistant Deputy Minister, SK Ministry of Education
Susan Nedelcov-Anderson is Assistant Deputy Minister for Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education. Susan comes from a background in education, having been an itinerant and classroom teacher, in-school administrator, and school division curriculum coordinator. She has been with the Ministry of Education for eight years, starting as Director of Curriculum and for the last four years as Assistant Deputy Minister. Susan’s portfolio includes curriculum, assessment, student supports, strategic policy and planning, and programs related to First Nations and Métis student achievement.
Understanding and Managing the Social, Emotional and Traumatic Impacts of a Worldwide Pandemic: Factors for Response and Post-Pandemic Recovery
No two individuals, families, workplaces, or communities are exactly the same. COVID-19 and its variants have demonstrated how broad the range of responses are to the threats of illness and the aftermath of loss. Yet beyond the virus lay the larger social, emotional, and traumatic responses to the effects of quarantine and other containment measures. We say in the Traumatic Events Systems Model (TES) of Crisis and Trauma Response that “high-profile trauma does not usually create new dynamics in families, workplaces, communities, etc.” Therefore, as exposure to trauma increases, escalated family dynamics, relational dynamics, and social dynamics become evident. At the core of this presentation are insights into the mental health needs that have evolved throughout the pandemic as well as our growing understanding of how to better assess and intervene. These dynamic insights have relevance at all levels of our professional responsibilities ranging from self to systems that we are responsible for.
Legal Issues for Principals: STF and Board of Education Perspectives
In this session, the presenters will cover topics such as privacy, accommodation, suspensions, staff relations, and other current legal issues.
Geraldine Knudson, Solicitor, Saskatchewan School Boards Association
Geraldine was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and completed elementary and high school in Prince Albert. She has a B.Ed. - College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, 1989. LL.B. - College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, 1980 B.Sc. – College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan, 1974.
Shannon Whyley, Legal Counsel, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation
Shannon Whyley is In-House Legal Counsel for the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. Shannon graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law (both with Great Distinction). Shannon was originally called to the Bar in Ontario and later in her home province of Saskatchewan. With a background in labour and employment law, she has spent over sixteen years advising employers, unions, and employees on legal issues affecting the workplace. She has represented clients before courts, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, boards of arbitration, and various other tribunals. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of CPHR Saskatchewan, which is the regulator and premiere professional association for the human resources profession in Saskatchewan. Prior to her current role, Shannon was a partner with a major Western Canadian law firm.
Impact of the Pandemic: Legal Considerations
The presenter will discuss some of the legal issues that have arisen during the pandemic that have and may continue to have an impact in the areas of privacy, human rights, students' right to an education, the role of parents, and partnerships with health.
Geraldine Knudson, Solicitor, Saskatchewan School Boards Association
Geraldine was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and completed elementary and high school in Prince Albert. She has a B.Ed. - College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, 1989. LL.B. - College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, 1980 B.Sc. – College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan, 1974. Geraldine has been Solicitor for Saskatchewan School Boards Association since 1995 - acting as counsel for Boards of Education throughout Saskatchewan, including advising on LAFOIP, contract law, labour law and liability issues. She has previous experience in private law practice in Regina, Davidson and Saskatoon. She worked with Public Legal Education Association (PLEA) in Saskatoon. She worked as a teacher assistant and as a teacher in Prince Albert and Grenfell.
Ready, Set…Asked and Answered
During the Short Course, each Fireside Chat Group will have an opportunity to submit a question for this Q&A session based on six framing topics addreessed in this year's Short Course. Dr. Dawn Wallin will review the submissions and select questions that will be asked during this session. Answers will be provided by Short Course Facilitators and the SPSC Planning Team.
Dr. Dawn Wallin, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Partnerships, and Research, College of Education
The aim of this presentation is to support educators to expand their understanding of truth and reconciliation as well as the history and legacy of residential schools. Supporting Reconciliation in Saskatchewan Schools is a collaborative resource, available on the Ministry of Education curriculum website, created with the intent of respecting the true nature of reconciliation. It contains tools and resources to support important conversations and professional development opportunities. In addition, online resources that support treaty education and reconciliation from the Ministry of Education curriculum website will be presented.
Delise Pitman, Director, Curriculum Unit, Ministry of Education
This presentation will focus on student learning as the primary focus of the walk-through. Participants will look at the relationship of the learning target, student understanding, and assessment in supporting student learning and best practice through the use of a five-minute walk-through.
Darran Teneycke, SELU Consultant
All students need to feel protected, respected and included at school. Through values, commitment, knowledge and skill the school-based administrator makes the difference. Effective leadership by the principal is especially important if schools are to be truly inclusive and meet the unique needs of an increasingly diverse student population. This session will explore how school leaders ensure that students and their families, who are part of the Queer community, feel both safe and a sense of belonging in their schools.
Kyla Christiansen, Health & Wellness Consultant, Prairie Valley School Division
This session will provide:
- an update on curriculum development and renewal work underway;
- important timelines to be aware of for the 2021-22 school year;
- ways teachers can be involved in the process; and,
- information on what a typical curriculum renewal process looks like.
Susan Nedelcov-Anderson, Assistant Deputy Minister, SK Ministry of Education
Delise Pitman, Director, Curriculum Unit Ministry of Education
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission clearly outlined expectations for Indigenous language revitalization. In 2020-21, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan under the direction of our Elders and Language Keepers, partnered with school divisions throughout northern, central, and southern Saskatchewan. The Michif/Dene Early Learning Pilot was established and is working towards revitalizing Michif and Dene in early learning classrooms. Regina Public Schools, Regina Catholic Schools, Saskatoon Public Schools, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Ile-a-la-Crosse School Division, and Northern Lights School Division invited families to enroll children in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Métis language classrooms. Over 130 children were immersed in Michif or Dene and learned about Métis cultural practices. Elders and Language Keepers assisted teachers and school teams with language expansion and resource development. Throughout the school year, parents and caregivers shared their appreciation that their children were able to attend a Métis language program and acquire more Métis culture, traditions, and values.
In 2021-22, schools in Prince Albert, St. Louis, Meadow Lake, and Duck Lake will also participate.
Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Elder Norman Fleury states: “Language is the basis of cultural identity. With language, you know where you came from and where you are going. Our children deserve to be immersed in high-quality, early learning Michif and Dene experiences.”
School teams from Westmount, St. Michael, and Rossignol along with members of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan will present the Michif/Dene language pilot overview.
Lisa Fleming, Director of Early Learning, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan
Elder Norman Fleury, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan
Sharon Hoffman, Principal Rossignol School Ile-a-la-Crosse
Krissy Bouvier-LeMaigre, Vice Principal Rossignol School Ile-a-la-Crosse
Vanessa Gardiner, Kindergarten Teacher St. Michael School Saskatoon
This session will overview the role of a school principal when managing fundraising revenues and school-based funds. We will also discuss the types of fundraisers that are acceptable and how to manage public perceptions when requesting funds.
Joel Lloyd, Chief Financial Officer, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Building trust between educators in a school is an important factor in developing effective schools and improving outcomes for students. This session will help build understanding on how to build trusting relationships.
Jackie Durocher, Superintendent of Education, Northern Lights School Division
Is special education new to you? Do you want to learn more? If so, plan to attend this session which will highlight:
-Multi-tiered systems of support (RTI)
-Intensive support process
-Roles and responsibilities of the school-based administrator
-Support to school-based teams
Trish Reeves, Superintendent of Education, Saskatoon Public Schools
The field of education technology has grown considerably in recent years, enabling new pedagogical approaches to enhance student engagement, achievement, and other learning outcomes. Educators worldwide are using digital tools to create, adapt, and personalize learning experiences to accommodate student differences and needs. However, current research emphasizes the need for school leaders to establish a shared vision and inspire a culture where teachers are empowered to use technology in meaningful ways. This session will explore the ongoing support required for building teacher's knowledge and confidence to enrich student learning with technology.
Dr. Paula McDowell, Assistant Professor, Curriculum Studies, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
In collaboration with the Religious Coordinators of the Catholic School Divisions in Saskatchewan, this presentation will offer administrators a background on how faith permeation infuses all aspects of a Catholic School. This break-out session will begin with a brief examination of core writings on Catholic Schools, then move into how Catholic School Administrators can foster a faith environment within their schools. The permeation documents, as listed on the SCSBA website, will also be explored.
Deacon Harrold Salahub, Religious Coordinator, Prince Albert Catholic School Division
School communities are very complex systems that require a high degree of skill to lead. Recently, the focus has shifted from managerial to instructional leadership. It is important to think about instructional leadership and unpack that term. What are the dimensions of instructional leadership? Are there dimensions that are more effective than others? What are the implications for school leaders? How will this impact the development of a leadership journey? Participants in this session will explore Hattie’s research that outlines the effect size of instructional leadership and make connections to their own leadership story.
Jennifer Hingley, Superintendent of Schools, Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division
Following Their Voices is a Saskatchewan initiative designed to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit student outcomes by changing student-teacher relationships, interactions, teacher instructional practices and the learning environment in order to engage and support students. The initiative supports recommendations from the Joint Task Force, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the goals of Inspiring Success: First Nations and Métis PreK-12 Education Policy Framework. The session will provide an overview of the initiative including impact on participating students and teachers.
Tim Caleval, Executive Director, Priority Action Team, Ministry of Education
Now ─ perhaps more than ever─ administrators, teachers, and students alike require robust strategies to understand and respond to social justice issues that arise within curricula, school communities, and current events ─ from local to international. This session will have attendees explore methods to engage constructively in social justice inquires and courageous conversations. Practical examples and resources will be shared.
Judge David M. Arnot, Chief Commissioner, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
Cathy Mills, SELU Consultant
Sherry Van Hesteren, Teacher & Learning Coordinator, Saskatoon Public Schools, Concentus Citizenship Education Consultant
This presentation provides an overview ongoing work, funded by Saskatchewan School Boards Association and supported by LEADS, the Ministry, and other key educational stakeholder groups, to investigate, collaboratively, the connections among the policy frameworks, ESSP/PEP, school division priorities and goals, and other relevant documents (e.g., TRC Calls to Action) to:
- Examine, critically, metrics for FNME progress presently used across the Sector,
- Identify and address opportunities and challenges associated with measuring/evaluating school divisions’ efficacy in FNME,
- Co-construct a set of sector-wide measurable set of responsibilities for FNME that will:
- Inform policy development (e.g., PEP, school board strategic plans, etc.),
- Address opportunities and challenges, and
- Account for TRC Calls to Action and Inspiring Success.
- Develop and validate an Indigenous Education Responsibility Framework (i.e., a school division self-evaluation tool) for boards to monitor and report performance related to sector-wide FNME priorities.
Darren McKee, Executive Director, Saskatchewan School Boards Association
Kimberly Greyeyes, Indigenous Constituency Representative, Saskatchewan School Boards Association
Angella Pinay, Senior Indigenous Advisor, Government of Saskatchewan
Dr. Scott Tunison, Assistant Professor Department of Educational Administration College of Education
As an in-school administrator, some of your most impactful work will be spent in Human Resources. The time you spend here can lead to tremendous gains in terms of your school culture and the ability to drive learning. As you work with people, you may soon find yourself requiring some difficult, but necessary conversations with staff members. For new administrators, this can be a trying experience, as we try to ensure everyone is a happy and excited team member within our school.
In this session, participants will take a look at some proactive strategies in working with others (setting the stage) as well as some methods we can use to frame some conversations that can lead to a win-win outcome. These are not difficult to do, and with a commitment to be consistent and be prepared, we can soon find these conversations become easier to have and gain the results that both parties want.
Kevin Kusch, Deputy Director of Learning, Lloydminster Catholic School Division
This presentation will discuss the preliminary findings of a current study based on the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1996) and interviews with school principals who have led through a traumatic event. The presentation will focus on preliminary results focused on trauma, growth, and resiliency from school principals in Canada
Coralee Pringle-Nelson, Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
See what’s new in the resources and supports provided by the Ministry of Education, including the technology tools, teaching materials, resources and network supports for schools. Streaming video, web conferencing, library resources, and professional learning groups, along with many other tools are available to you through the ministry’s Sector Technologies and Network Services Unit. This session will provide an overview of these network and web-based technologies to support your classrooms.
Myrna Martyniuk, Director, Sector Technologies and Network Services
In this session, the presenters will cover resources, professional development opportunities, and share a glimpse at the Indigenous Language Programming at the University of Saskatchewan. Administrators will have an opportunity to look at risk management, urban vs rural programs, and how to create relationships with parks, land based programs, and schools.Presenters:
Kevin Lewis and Matilda Lewis