Date: October 1, 2019 – October 2, 2019
Location: Circle Drive Alliance Church, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Our theme for this year’s conference is “Footprints in the Snow: Inspiring Pathways to Success” with Keynote speaker Gabrielle Scrimshaw.
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Footprints in the Snow: Inspiring Pathways to Success
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Because Gabrielle is First Nations, she was born with some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was 8x more likely to commit suicide than the average Canadian, 3x more likely to be unemployed, be underfunded in her quest for education, and more likely to drop out of high school than finish it. In the face of these raw circumstances, she worked hard to follow her heart. She became the youngest Associate in one of Canada’s most competitive finance programs, was the first in her family to complete post-secondary education, travelled to 20 countries on five continents, worked with Heads of State and started a national organization for Aboriginal Professionals. This inspirational tale discusses how she did it, what motivates her, and why ‘each step we make is a responsibility to those that follow.’
For a more in-depth look at Gabrielle’s accomplishments, here are a few links:
Wendy Li – fYrefly Program Coordinator
Tuesday, October 1
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This presentation is ideal for professional development training for all school-based staff. Participants will be introduced to the foundations of identity, terminology, proper language, and inclusive actions to implement within the classroom. Participants will also be led through several group discussions and an environmental assessment of their school followed by time for questions and answers. Resources will also be provided. Topic overview: LGBTQ2S terminology, pronouns, gender inclusive washrooms, gendered spaces within schools, safe space, homophobia and transphobia
Our School Survey
Jacqueline Hagel – Consultant, Instruction-Student Achievement & Supports Branch
Tuesday, October 1
Using ‘OURSCHOOL’ Data to Improve Educational Outcomes in Saskatchewan | Keynote: 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
Each year, every provincial school and interested First Nations education authorities administer a student perception survey, gathering feedback from students about factors affecting school climate, well-being, engagement and student outcomes. This anonymous survey gathers information about the conditions and experiences of student, teachers and parent/caregivers to guide school community planning. This session will provide a provincial overview of what we have learned from student voice through survey results as well as strategies and ideas to understand the relationship between school climate and student outcomes to develop strategies for driving positive change in schools.
Using Your ‘OURSCHOOL” Data to Understand Your students and Develop Strategic Plans | Breakout Session: 1:45 PM – 2:40 PM
This interactive session will provide an opportunity to begin planning at the school and division-level using student perceptional survey results. We will look at the provincial data set as a model to consider measures at the local level. There we will look for opportunities and challenges in which we can use student voice as a catalyst for planning school improvement. A series of tools and strategies will be provided that can be applied for planning at the local level.
Wednesday, October 2
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Today’s Presenters: Tina and Marie are both board members of Say Know – Drug Education Project. Sayknow.org educates the community and is bridging the gap between academic research and knowledge earned through lived experience. Sayknow.org was founded by Matt Ingrouille, a police officer and drug policy reform advocate in Saskatoon.
Wednesday, October 2
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Within First Nations cultures song and dance are more than performance arts and leisure time activities. Song and dance have always been integral mediums of individual and group expression in the ceremonial and social aspects of First Nations cultures. Today, in addition to perpetuating the First Nations cultures, song and dance play a vital role in elevating cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding.
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