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SRTA Executive
President SuzanneMoore,DTS VicePresident PatLiss,DTS Secretary JennSeesahai,ESNI Treasurer ChantalTytgat,CLC CollectiveBargaining PatLiss,DTS
ProfessionalDevelopment JonathanWaite,ARB TheServantLeader Atthecommunity barbequeinLorette justrecently, Michelle deRocquignyof coleLorette ImmersionandI werepositively giddyand performedahappy danceincelebrationofourimpending retirements.MichelleandIgobackalongway, workingtogether,livinginthesamecommunity, andherteachingmychildren.Werewerelieved toberetiring?Ofcoursewewere!Butthatdid notmeanthatwedidntlovetheprofessionwe sharedforover30yearsinSeineRiver.Quitethe contrary;webothknewitwastimeandwewere goingoutonahighnote!

June, 2013
Volume 8.5
inthisstreamandlookedforwardtoputtingmy75 wpmtypingspeedonamanualtypewritertouse. Duringmyfinalyearinhighschool,though,my accountingteacherobservedmeteachingmy fellowclassmatesanaccountingtechniqueshe herselfdidnotgrasp,andsuggestedthatIshould pursuethetwoyearBusinessTeacherEducation DiplomaprogramatRRCC.Thatsingleobservation changedmylife!Herewasaprofessionalwho believedthatIcouldachievesomethingIhadnot evendaredtodreamof.Shemirroredmygrade7 teacherscommentthatIhadgoodleadership qualities.Armedwiththeirconfidenceinme,Iset outtobethefirstmemberofmyfamilytogeta degree.

Health&Wellness ColleenKachurReico,EIDCS Equity&SocialJustice RebeccaSheffield,DO EducationFinance JasonSparling,CSNC Resolutions SuzanneMoore,DTS EmployeeBenefits WendyChase,SAC PublicRelations RebeccaBrown,EIDCS WorkplaceSafety&Health KathyDubesky,CSNC

MyfirstteachingassignmentwasnotonethatI appliedfor.InNovemberof1977,Iwascontacted bymyformerprincipaltoseeifIwantedthe BusinessEdteachingpositioninLakeshoreSchool Division,beginninginJanuary.Duringthatfirst month,Ihadtopreparestudentsforfinalexams, aswellascreateandmarkthoseexams.Iputa Therehavebeenmanyhighlightsinmycareer, stoptostudentsfightingovertypewritersand culminatinginservingaspresidentoftheSeine throwingthemaround.Ibroughtastudenttothe RiverTeachersforthelastfouryears. hospitalforstitches Beingpresidenthasallowedmeto "My research debunks the myth that whenheacquireda usemanyoftheskillsIhavelearned headwoundfrom many people seem to have . . . that overtheyears,andstretchedmeto beingpushedintothe you become a leader by fighting your acquirenewones.Ilookedforward doorframewhile way to the top. Rather, you become a jostlingtogetintothe tohelpingmyfellowcolleaguesin leader by helping others to the top. whateverwaysIcould.Lookingback class.Allthiswhile overtheyears,IseethatIhave leavingmyhusbandin Helping your employees is as alwaysstrivedtobeaservantleader. important, and many times more so, Winnipeg(wesaw eachotherweekends) Iwasborntheeighthof13children than trying to get the most work out andsettingup onasmallsubsistencefarminFisher of them." residenceinaforeign Branch,Manitoba.Ourparentswere William Cohen towninordertogain loving,Godfearing/loving,hard experience.Looking working,generousandhonest back,itwasthat people.Wechildrensharedintheworkof formationIreceivedonthefarmthathelpedme maintainingthefarm,gardenandthehousehold. topersevere,toworkhardandtosacrificeto Weknewthattherewasgreatprideinajobwell achievemygoals. done,nomatterwhatthatjobentailed.Our Christianupbringinghelpedinformingour ItdidnttakemelongtorealizethatIneededto commitmenttocommunityandourfellowman. completemyBachelorofEducationifIwereto improvemybeginningsalaryof$7200/year. Inthe1970s,ourschooldeterminedwhatstream Throughsummercourses,correspondencecourses eachstudentwouldfollowbeginningingrade10. andintercession,Icompletedmydegreebythe Iwasplacedintothebusinesseducationstream,a timewewereexpectingourthirdchildandwas goodplaceforayoungwomansothatshecould alreadyworkingforSeineRiver. becomeemployableupongraduation.Iexcelled
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MyhusbandandImovedtoLorette shortlyafterthatandhadtwomore childrenoverthenextfewyears. Ourinvolvementinthechurch,in FrereJacquesNurserySchool,and invariouscommunitysportsteams ensuredthatourchildrenalso learnedaboutgivingtothe communityandforworkingforthe goodofallservant leadership. Ofthe31yearsIhavespent inSeineRiverasateacher, 29ofthemwerenotinthe BusinessEducationfield, butinthemiddleyears program.Beingwiththem allday,Iwasabletogetto knowthestudentsmore intimatelyandtoworkwith themonvariousunitsthat reflectedequityandsocial justicetheHolocaust, blackslavery,thetreatment ofaboriginalpeoplearound theworld,bullying,stereotyping, prejudiceanddiscrimination.We learnedtoreverenceourancestors throughhistorylessonsand throughRemembranceDay activities.Welearnedvariousways tolookaftertheenvironmentand broughtasuccessfulpetitiontothe schoolboardtoeliminatethesale ofwaterbottlesinthedivision. Andwelearnedtousemanners, showrespecttoothersandto behaveasgoodcitizensofthe world.Theloveofworkingwith studentsandtheirfamiliesand sharingmyservantleadershipskills keptmepassionateaboutthe teachingprofession. Thencamethechallengeoftaking ontheleadershipoftheSeineRiver TeachersAssociation.Ihad alreadybeenontheexecutiveof theSRTAforatotalofnineyearsin the1980sandinthe2000s.Ihad alsobroughtsomenewideastothe association,butIdidnotfeelready fortheheadposition.Again,ittook otherpeoplesbeliefinmy leadershipskillstoconvincemeto takeontherole. Iwouldfirstliketothankallofyou forbelievinginme,beingpatient withmeandforworkingwithme overthepastfouryears.Imustsay thatIhaveenjoyedalmostevery

momentofit!Ienjoyedvisitingall theworksites,workingwith memberstoanswertheir questions,tolistenwhentheywere indistress,togetthemthe resourcestheyneed,toeducate themabouttheirrightsand responsibilities,tospeakontheir behalftotheschoolboard,to bargainfortheircollective agreementandtorepresentthem

attheManitobaTeachersSociety. Ienjoyedthechallengeofpicking upportfoliosthatwerenotfilled, andcarryingonportfolioswhen executivemembershadtoleave. Butmostofall,Ijustenjoyed helpingYOU,mydearcolleagues,in thebestwayIknewhow. AsIheadoffintoanewworld,I leaveyouwithatopnotch executivewhoalsosharestheideal ofservantleadership.Theyhave workedonyourbehalfafterthey finishedafulldayintheclassroom andwhilejugglingfamilyand communitycommitments. Patrick Liss,ourVicePresidentfor thepastfouryears,andCollective BargainingChairoverthispast schoolyearhasbeenanawesome supportandstalwartofthe association.Hiswit,hiscommon senseandcalmdemeanourhave beenexactlywhatweneededtodo theworkthatneededtobedone. Hewillinglyparticipatedinmanyof thecommitteesandwasalways withmewhenmeetingwith DivisionalAdministrationandwith theBoard.Thankyou,Pat!Iamso gladwedidthistogether! Chantal Tytgathaslastedthewhole yearastreasureroftheassociation. Oneofthemoredifficultroles,she hasembraceditwithenthusiasm,

Wendy Chasewasanotherperson whovolunteeredduringacouncil meetingtotakeontheportfolioof Jennifer Seesahaicametomeat EmployeeBenefits.Hertenurehas thedivisionalinservicelastyearand seentheacceptanceofshortterm volunteered!tobeoursecretary disabilityandtheoccurrenceof afterLindsay Bouchard biannualMaternity/ParentalLeave (Hutchinson)lefttoteachinthe seminars.Plus,shehas divisionthathadbecomeher volunteeredtotakeovertheEquity maritalhome.Jennswillingnessto andSocialJusticeportfoliofornext bepartoftheteamspokevolumes, year!ThankyouWendy,forsaying asshetoowasjugglinga yesandforbringingsuchwisdomto challengingclass,aweddingsocial ourexecutiveandcouncil. andweddingplansforJuly!Thank Jason Sparlinghasalotof youJennforservingyourfellow experiencewithnumbers,sohe colleagues. knewthatworkingwithEducation Kathy Dubeskyaschairpersonof Financewasforhim.Hehasmet theWorkplaceSafetyandHealth withtheboardtopresentteachers portfolionotonlybroughtus suggestionsandrecommendations extensiveknowledgeinthisarea, fortheupcomingschoolboard butherwitandwisdomhelpedto budgets.ThankyouJason,for guidetheexecutive.Shewasan jugglingfamily,universitycourses activeparticipantontheSRSD/ andchurchcommitmentsinorder SRTALiaisoncommitteeand tohelpyourcolleaguesafteralong broughtherexperiencestothefore dayatwork. tospeakforhercolleagues.And Rebecca Brownbroughther forthosewhohaveparticipatedin creativeskillsandherpassionto theTexasScramble,youknowshe thepositionofPublicRelations. hasameandrive!ThankyouKathy Herworkonthenewsletterandthe forkeepingusrealandgrounded. PRInitiativethisyearhavebeento Rebecca Sheffieldwasanotherone helpbuildtheprofileofour ofthosevolunteerswhofeltthecall professionandtheprideof tobecomeinvolved.In belongingto thepastthreeyears, theSRTA. Rebeccahasworked Althoughshe tirelesslytobuildaGSA isnot atCollegeSt.Norbert returningnext Collegiate,toeducate yearinorder ourmembersabout topursueher GLBTTQQ(GayLesbian studies,we BisexualTransgender knowitwont TwoSpiritedQueer belong Questioning)issues,and beforeshe tohelpbringaboutadiversity returns!ThankyouRebecca,for policyinSeineRiver.Althoughshe sharingyourpassionforthe willnotbeontheexecutivenext bettermentofyourcolleagues. year,Iknowshewillreturnonce Jonathan Waite jumpedinwith herimpendingmarriageissettled. bothfeetlastyearwhenAllison ThankyouRebecca,foryour Grahamannouncedherimpending passionandyourservitude. maternityleaveandneeded Colleen Kachur-Reicohasbroughta someonetotakeonthe positiveandfunfilledattitudeto ProfessionalDevelopment thepositionofchairofHealthand Portfolio.Iknowthatwasasteep Wellness.Shehaslovedhelping learningcurve,yethehandledthat schoolsworkonimprovingtheir withaplombandexpertise.Once healthandwellness,butshehas PatLissannouncedthathewould especiallyenjoyedorganizingthe notbeseekingthePresidents Texas ScrambleandtheSpring into (Continued on page 3)

cheerfulnessandunderstanding.I amsogratefultobeleavingbehind someonewhoknowshowtodothe books.Thankyou,Chantal,foryour servicewhilejugglinguniversity, buildingahouseandplanninga wedding!

Springevents.ThankyouColleen, forsharingyourorganizationalskills andpositiveattitudeinyour servantleadership.

continuingtoworkforthe bettermentofthechildren positionnextyear,Jonacceptedthe entrustedinourcare.Thankyou challenge.Sincethen,hehasbeen alsoforthefactthatyourecognize workingtirelessly thatinorderfor tolearnallhecan. thechildrentodo Happy Retirement! Hisexcellent well,the computerskills Remember the past with fondness; employeesneedto havecreatedanew betakencareof. Look to the future with eagerness; (Aintnobody websiteand domainforSRTA, Live each moment to the fullest. happyifMomma andheplansto ainthappy!)I continue haveenjoyed expandingouronlinepresence. workingwithallofyou. ThankyouJon,forallowingmeto Myplansforthefuture?Ihave retireknowingthatallisingood promisedmyselfandmyfamilythat hands,andforwillingtoserveyour Iwouldnottakeonanythingnew colleagueswhilejugglingfamilyand forafullyear,unlessabsolutely communitycommitments. necessary.Ihavealreadyturned To All the Representatives from the downvariousjobsandpositionson Various Worksites: ThankYOUfor boardsinordertobetruetomy yourcontinuedcommitmentto plans.Afterthat,Igivemyself representyourcolleagues.We permissiontofollowwhateverI knowhowdifficultitcanbeto want.Rightnow,Ijustwantto committoonemorethingaftera spendlotsoftimewithmyhusband, longdayintheclassroom,andwe ourfivewonderfulchildren,threein appreciatetheeffortsyou lawsandfive(soontobesix) undertake.Ipersonallyhave grandchildren.Isntthatwhatits enjoyedgettingtoknowyouand allabout? gettingtodiscussissuesimportant Cheers,dearcolleaguesandfriends. toourprofession.Pleasecarryon Iwishyoucontinuedjoyand lookingaftereachother. fulfillmentinyourteachingcareers To the Trustees and the Divisional asyoucontinuetobeservant Administration Team: ThankYOU leaders. foryourwillingnesstodiscussissues withconsideration,opennessand respect,evenifwedidnotalways agree.Thankyouaswellfor
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When Employees Transport Students: Risks and Cautions


TakenfromtheCAPSLEMarch newsletter

havedifferentinsuranceschemes intheprovinces.Intheeventof anaccident,thosepoliciescome intoplay.

Suzanne :)

Inanofaultprovince,noone, includingateacher,canbesued forbodilyinjuryarisingfroma Withschoolboardbudgets motorvehicleaccident. gettingtighteracrossthecountry However,someprovinceshave andwithcontinuedstrainson differenttypesofnofault, extracurricularprograms, whichin TheManitobaTeachers some Societyreviewedthepossible instances liabilityissuesand could consequencesofteachers allowfor usingtheirownvehiclesto alawsuit transportstudentstoschool tooccur. sponsoredactivities.These cautionscouldeasilybe Therefore,itisimportantto appliedtoallemployeesof knowtherulesinyour schooldivisionsacrossthe jurisdiction.Insomeinstances, countrywhotakeonthe accidentscanoccurthatdonot responsibilityofindividually transportingstudentsinprivate involveavehicle,inwhichcase thedivisionsinsurancecoverage vehicles. shouldkickin. Basically,employeesarecovered Onceagain,itisveryimportant intwowayswhentransporting toknowwhatkindsofcoverage students:throughadivisions theemployeriscarryingandto liabilityinsuranceandthrough personalregularinsurancefrom makeaninformeddecision.If travellingoutsideofones theirinsurancecompany.Itis province,employeesareopento imperativethatemployeesbe liabilityinjurisdictionsthatdo fullyawareastotheinsurance regulationsaroundcarinsurance nothavenofaultinsurance. intheirprovince.Canadahasa Employeesmaybesuedin varietyofnofaultplansinplace (Continuedonpage8) anddifferentemployeesmay

Thecontributorstotheplan teachersandtheprovincial governmentwillhavetolook atincreasingcontributionsor Theplaniscurrentlyabout95 reducingbenefits percentfunded currently13,149retiredteachers Itwouldtakeinvestmentreturns collectingapensionand15,403 ofsevenpercenttobringitup activeteacherscontributingto to100percent. theplan TRAFisprojectingaverage ifthetrendcontinues,retired investmentreturnsof6.25per teacherswilloutnumberactive cent teacherssometimeinthenext fourtofiveyears

TRAF Sustainability Discussions Need to Begin

MTS Annual Fee Increased


LastyearourMTSmembershipfees were$835;thiscomingyearwillbe $882,a5%increase(about$4/ monthmore) Theamountofthefeeincreasewas keptdownbyatransferfromtheMTSOperationsStabilization Fund

TRAF Statistics:
almost2,500activeteachers areovertheageof55 2,100arebetweentheages of50and55 in2012only400teachersretired,thesecondlowestnumber since2003. TRAFhasonememberstillcollectingapensionatage106.She retiredin1971 Thereare1,000retiredteachersovertheageof85.

We Have a New Website!


Kudostoourincoming presidentwhohasbeen verybusyalreadyand hascreatedanewwebsiteforus:

http://seineriverteachers.com

Why Do We Have a Short Term Disability Plan?


WendyChase,ChairofEmployeeBenefits Manyteachersexhaustsickleavebefore theDisabilityBenefitPlanstarts(after80 daysofsickleave),leavinganincomegap. Teachersaffectedare:
Newlyhiredteachers(20daysor

What Does the Short Term Disability Do For Me?


Ifateacherhadanincomegap,EISick Benefitswouldprovideincome replacementfor15weeksbutthereisa twoweekwaitingperiodwithnobenefit.
EIBenefitis55%ofearningstoa

refundedwhichcanbeusedtooffset Associationfees.
Theshorttermdisabilityplanfillsthe

gap
Theinitialpremiumratewas

0.178%,andthiscomingyearitwill belower
Thebenefitpayableis60%ofnetpre

disabilityearnings,nontaxable
Thebenefitqualifiesforpensionable

maximumof$42300peryear
WeeklymaximumEIbenefitis

lesssicktime)and;
Teacherswhohavebeensickfora

service

$447taxable TheShortTermDisability planreplacestheEI sicknessbenefit.This allowstheEIrebatetobe


AssessmentSurveythatwasdistributedtomemberstheresultsare pendingreview.

prolongedperiod;thosewhohavea chronicmedicalcondition,those whohaveutilizedsickleavebefore orafteramaternityleave

Asweneartheendofanotherwonderfulschoolyear,wearehappyto saythat87associationmembers(about1/3ofourmembership)were abletoaccesstheSRTAPDFundin20122013(notincludingthosethat werepartofgroupprojects).Over$60,000weredistributedtosupport autonomousPD$21,741.10wenttowardsinareaPD,$19,343.24 towardsoutofareaPD,$11,478.49towardsuniversitycoursesand $7,626.08towardsgroupprojects.Therewasonlyonerejection(inTerm 1)duetolackoffunds,whichwehopetoremedyin20132014with somefundingrestructuring. ThePDCommitteehadfourmeetingsthroughtheyear,and communicationthroughemailwasquickandproductive.Changeswere madetothePDFundguidelinesandapplicationsbeforetheirreleasein September,andwethankeveryonewhoparticipatedintheMTSNeeds

In20132014wewillcontinuetopromotetheSRTAPDFundthrough emailandonournewwebsiteatwww.seineriverteachers.com.Weplan onsendingoutemailsandincludingarticlesintheSRTAnewsletter regardingPDopportunitiesoccurringwithintheprovinceandbeyond. Wehopetodevelopanonlineapplicationprocesstoaidinefficiencyand tracking,andweencouragememberstoutilizegroupprojectfundingif theirworkplacesareeligible. ThankstoPatLiss,TeresaYestrau,MichelleHancock,KellyBaker,and JoshuaAbrahamfortheirtirelesseffortsapprovingapplicationsaspart ofthePDCommitteethisyear,andthankstotreasurerChantalTytgat andpresidentSuzanneMoorefortheirhelpingettingreimbursements outinatimelyfashion.IknowthatnextyearschairAlisonGrahamwill doagreatjobasshereturnstoherpostafterayearawayfromthe executive!

SRTA Texas Scramble


OnabeautifulafternoononMay23,2013,30peoplejoinedtogethertohavesomefununderthesunandenjoyagameofTexas Scramble,followedbyadinnerattheSouthsideGolfCoursenearWinnipeg. Wewerejoinedbyourhonorarygolfmasters,EricandJillOverall,aswellasagroupofexchangeteachersfromQuebecwhowere visitingEcoleLoretteImmersion.Eachparticipantwastreatedwithgolfgrips,courtesyofRobertMarcouxofELI.Thanks,Bob! Prizesweregivenforvariousachievementsoutonthecourse,butthebestprizewasbeingabletoenjoyeachother`scompany! SpecialthanksgotoColleenKachurReicoandherHealth&WellnesscommitteeofLauraNaultandSandraTurcotteforthe organizationoftheevent.Theparticipationatthissecondannualeventalmostdoubledfromlastyears,anditishopedthatit continuestogrowintheyearstocome!

Election of MTS President


UntilthisyearsAGM,thepresidentoftheMTSwasselectedbyall MTSmembersacrosstheprovince Thismethodofselectingapresidentgaveanadvantageto incumbentpresident whowasmorefreetocampaignextensively alsohadmoreofasalarytocampaignwith hadmoreexposurethanothercandidates AGMmembersvotedtoselectMTSpresidentatitsannualAGMby theattendingdelegates

2013-2014 Provincial Executive


Therewillonlybeonenewfaceonthe20132014provincialexecutive.Bob KriskifromPortagelaPrairiewaselectedattheannualmeetingalongwith fiveincumbents.CurrentmemberWinstonHrechkadidnotrunagain. The provincial executive is: PresidentPaulOlson Vice-PresidentNormGould Members at large: MaryChalmers(reelected),DarrenHardy(reelected), SuzanneJolicoeur(reelected),MichaelMann(reelected),BeaWalker(re elected),JamesBedford,JasonOliver, RayDesautels,ArlynFilewich,SeanKemball,BobKriski

Short-term Disability Plan Approved


MTSwillcreateitsownshorttermdisabilityplan,tocomeintoeffect inSeptember,2014. MorethanhalfthemembershipofMTSiscurrentlycoveredbythe Wawanesaplan. Insuredplansincorporate provincialsalestax,payroll taxes,administrationcosts, profitmarginandretention feesintopremiums. OurMTSselfinsuredShort termDisabilityPlanwillnot onlyeliminatePSTandpayrolltaxbutalsoreduceadministrationand retentioncosts.

Disability Benefits Premiums Reduced


20132014premiumswillbeclosetothelowestintheplanshistory(see attached)

LGBTQ Included in Curricula


DelegatesatAGMvotedoverwhelminglyinfavourof resolutionsaimedatmakingsureallstudentsfeelincludedin Manitobaclassrooms: PassedoneresolutionaimedatinclusionofLGBTQ students Passedanotherresolutionaskingthesameforall protectedgroupsundertheCharterofRightsand Freedoms(racialequality,sexualequality,mental disabilityandphysicaldisability)

Dyadic Relations
WhenIwaslookingatcoursestocontinuemypostbaccalaureatein EducationIwantedtostrayabitawayfromthetypicaleducational courses.AcoursethatcaughtmyeyewascalledDyadic Relations.The courseinformationexplaineditwouldbebasedonthehistoryof relationshipsandhowtoimprovethem.Relationshipsareabigpartof Educationandtheroleofateacher,especiallyintheroleofoffcampus teacher,soIdecidedtoregisterforit. IwasexcitedforthecoursetostartandwhenIreceivedmysyllabus,I quicklylookedintothereadingmaterialsIhadtopurchase.Thebooks neededwereIntimateRelationshipsandGettingtheLoveyouWant,A guideforcouples.NotquitewhatIexpected!Ithoughtthiscoursewas aboutbuildingrelationships,notworkingonmine!Acoursebasedonthis attheUniversitylevel?Ithoughtacopyof50shadesofgreyisenough togetanyrelationshipbackontrack. Itwasalittlelatetopickanothercourse,soIfiguredIwouldmakethe bestofitandseehowitwouldgo.TheworstcasescenariowouldbethatI hadagreatproptoleaveonthecoffeetablewhenwehadcompanyover. Nothingsaysuncomfortablemomentlikeaguideforcouplesbookin
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MTS to buy Museum Classroom Naming Rights


DecisionmadeatAGMwasoverwhelminglyinfavourofcontributing $1.5milliontotheCanadianMuseumforHumanRightsforthenaming rightstoaclassroom.Thisdonationislargerthanthatofallotherun ionscombined($1.3m).Adownpaymentof$300,000willcomefrom anOperationsStabilizationFund,andtheresttopaidover60months, amountingto$1.52/member/month,or5cents/day.

Canadian Museum of Human Rights:


The B.O.S.S. Guitar Works program presented Friends with a cheque for $68,421 on Thursday, June 13. Theprogramraisedthe moneythroughitsonlineauction andliveauctiongala,whereovera thousandsupportersbidonfully playableelectricguitarsdesigned andbuiltbystudentsatcole SelkirkJuniorHighinSelkirk, Manitoba.Theguitarswere autographedbycelebritiessuchas RickMercer,BonJovi,RUSH,Alice

Cooper,FleetwoodMacandMark Messier.Sinceitbeganin2010, theB.O.S.S.programhasraised $101,000fortheCMHR! The Netherlands Embassy has presented a unique Dutch pedestrian crossing light, named "Sophie", as a gift to the CMHR. Thelightusesarealistic femalebodyimage, insteadofthe traditionalmalefigure, todrawattentionto thepredominantuseof malefiguresto representallpeople. Asisthecasewithanymotor vehicleaccidentemployees,ifat faultinanaccident,wouldhave toassumethefinancialpenalty totheirinsuranceratesaswellas thesurchargeontheirlicense.

WINNIPEG, May24,2013 TheCanadianMuseumfor HumanRights(CMHR)isgrateful tosamesexmarriedcouples acrossCanadaforthe overwhelmingresponsetoits recentcallforphotos. Morethan325wedding photographswerereceivedfrom 115couplesnationwideaftera crowdsourcingcallinMarchfar surpassingthegoalof85 submissions.Thephotos,dating from1979to2013,depicta varietyofculturalceremonies, includingMetis,Hindu,Thai, Vietnamese,JewishandChristian celebrations.Manycouplesalso sharedtheirpersonalstories, struggleforacceptanceandpride intheirrelationships. Ithasn'tbeeneasyforus,wrote JacquelynnTrentofCalgary,who marriedherwifeKellylastyear. Somesaythelifestylewehave chosenisatoughone.Isay,it's notalifestyle.Isayitstwopeople, wholoveandcaredeeplyforeach otherand,ohyeah,justhappento bewomen. JayWalsh,aCanadianwhonow livesinSanFrancisco,married AndrMorandinTorontoin2011. Canadagaveustheoptiontobe married,somethingthatthe majorityofAmericans(including Californians!)cannot enjoy.Canadiansmustholddear thisrighttoexpresstheirloveand devotiontoeachother,intheeyes oftheirgovernmentandtheir peers.Therightcomeswithso muchmorethanjustamarriage certificate.

resistanceinCanada,1960sto 1980s,willbetoldthroughdigital insightstationsandaprojected imagegrid,housedinthesame gallery. OthertopicsincludedinMuseum inauguralcontentplansare: transgenderexperiences theStonewallriotsinNewYork Quebecsroleastheworldsfirst majorjurisdictiontoforbid discriminationbasedonsexual orientation legalizationofsamesex marriageintheNetherlands thepinkshirtbullyingstory HarveyMilk hatecrimesandpersecution againstLGBTTQ*people theIranianundergroundrailroad forqueerrefugees benchmarkCanadiancourtcases varioustreatments Nazipersecutionofhomosexuals duringtheHolocaust socialmovements aJamaicangayrightsactivistas humanrightsdefender inclusiononaninteractiveworld map genderidentityportrayalinthe media Intheinterestsofinclusivity,the CMHRwillalsooffergender neutralwashroomsforitsvisitors, inadditiontomaleandfemale washrooms.

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accordancewiththelawinthe jurisdictionwheretheaccident occurred.Normally,theinsurance companywouldberequiredto defendthecaseonbehalfofthe Employeesputtheirwelfareat employeesuptothelimitsof riskwhentransportingstudents liabilityundertheirpolicy.Any inprivatevehicles,asthe amountsofliabilityinexcessofthe potentialexistsforallegationsof policylimitwould(subjectto misconducttobemade coverageavailableunderthe divisionalpolicy)bethepersonal Dependingoncircumstances,itis responsibilityoftheemployees. possiblefortheemployerto imposediscipline,possiblyupto ItsforthosereasonsthatThe termination,ifseriousinjurytoa ManitobaTeachersSociety studentaroseasadirectresultof recommendsthatteachersensure negligenceonthepartofthe thattheircoveragethrough employee ManitobaPublicInsuranceandthe divisionpolicyisadequateandthat theyensuretheyhaveapproval fromtheirdivisiontotransport students.TheManitobaTeachers Societyrecommendsthatteachers obtainpermissionfromtheir principalsforroutineexcursions andfromtheboardfortrips involvingtraveloutsidethe province.Wealsosayteachers shouldbeawareofother employmentissuesassociatedwith transportationofstudentsin personalvehiclesbecausehavinga vehicleisnotaconditionof employmentformostteachers. Theseissuesincludethefollowing: Aprincipalwhoauthorizesa teachertodrivestudents withoutverifyingthevalidityofa teachersdriverslicenseand/or registrationmaybedisciplined foraresultingaccidentifinfact thelicenseorregistrationwas notvalid. Inallcases,weencourageour memberstousecautionwhen transportingstudentsandto understandtheriskstheytake whenmakingthatdecision. TonyMarques,MyersWeinberg AndrewPeters,TheManitoba TeachersSociety

Currentlyunderconstructionin Winnipeg,theCanadianMuseum forHumanRightsistheonly museumintheworldsolely dedicatedtotheevolution, Thestruggleforrightsamong celebrationandfutureofhuman peoplewithdiversesexual rights.Itisthefirstnational orientationandgenderidentities museumtobeestablishedsince willbeportrayedinmanyways,in 1967andthefirstoutsidethe almosteverygalleryofthe NationalCapitalRegion.Itopens Museum.Samesexmarriagewill in2014. beoneof18storynicheexhibits http://museumforhumanrights.ca/about withintheMuseumslargest museum/news/samesexmarriagecrowd gallery,devotedtoCanadas sourcinggetshugenationalresponse? utm_source=June14 humanrightsjourney.The News&utm_campaign=June+14&utm_medium=e importantstoryofqueer mail

Block funding model for special needs students abandoned


By Paul Olson, MTS President May 27, 2013

Threeyearsago,SevenOaks SchoolDivisionandManitoba Educationbeganathreeyear pilotofa"formulabased"or "block"fundingmodelforLevel 2SpecialNeedsstudents.In brief,itwasamodelthat allocatedfundingbasedon

Manymeetingshavebeenheld overthelastthree years.Surveys,focusgroups, andlargesamplepollingwere conductedbybothSOSDand MTS.Allresultswere consistent:whilesome "positives"werevoicedby somemembers,therewas nothinglikethelevelofpositive responseneededtosupporta continuationorexpansionof thenewmodel. Governmenthascommittedto workingwiththedivisionto transitionbacktothe applicationbasedfunding model,evenasMTShas committedtoworkingwith governmenttodiscusswaysto improvespecialneedsfunding ingeneral.

feeling safe at school. When we do not have a say in PROVINCE SUPPORTS INTERACTIVE something we are less likely to ONLINE STUDENT SURVEY TOOL TO engage in it, said Ron Pelletier, principal of Collge Sturgeon PREVENT BULLYING, MAKE Heights Collegiate. When we SCHOOLS SAFER provide students with a safe way to provide input on matters that relate to academic, health, safety and Minister Announces Safe and social issues, they become invested Inclusive Schools Forum in making a change and more likely to act to make schools a better place for all." March 7, 2013

Tell Them From Me

Governmentsandschool boardsshould,incollaboration withteachers,questionthe statusquo,trynewideasifthey historyandtrends,ratherthan individualapplications.Andit seemreasonable,andfindways todobetterbyour hasbeenbrief.Theprovince students.Teachersdothisall hassaiditwillreturntothe thetime,andsuchinnovation previousmodel. needstobeconsiderednotjust Itwascommendablein attheclassroomortheschool theory.Moretimewithkids, level,butsystemwide.Butit andlesstimeon mustbedoneprudently,asour paperwork.Moreteachertime, students'andmembers' andlessrelianceonEAs. welfareisdependingonit. Istillrememberthefirsttime Noteverynewideacanbea thePresidentandVice PresidentofSOTAdiscussedthe pilotatanMTSmeeting.They werecautiouslyoptimistic,but alackofmeaningful consultationpriorto implementationleftthemwith morequestionsthananswers. SOTAleadershipsoonraised thealarm.Theirmemberswere talkingtothemaboutresources havingdiminishedor disappeared.Teacherswere expressinggraveconcerns abouttheirabilitytomeettheir professionalandlegal obligations,andIspokewith morethanonememberwho wasshakingandcryingwiththe stressoftheirlivedprofessional reality.Thegapbetween theoryandrealitytookaheavy toll. winner.Wegreatlyimprove ourchances,however,when teachervoiceisattheplanning tablefromdayone.Wework onthefrontlines,welookinto ourstudents'eyeseveryday, andweknowtheimpactwe haveorarepreventedfrom having. Weallowegratitudetoour membersinSevenOaksfor raisingaredflag.Thankyou.

The provincial government wants to hear from Manitoba students on how schools can prevent bullying and will support the implementation of a new province-wide, online survey, Tell Them From Me (TTFM), which will allow schools to hear directly from students about bullying and help them make schools safer for all students, Education Minister Nancy Allan announced today. We want to empower students to be a part of making their schools safe and respectful places for all students. This online survey gives students a voice and schools can learn directly from students what is working and where improvements are needed to improve safety. Making this new tool available is part of our governments anti-bullying action plan to make our schools safer, more tolerant environments where all students feel safe and can succeed, said Allan. The Tell Them From Me survey allows students in grades 4 to 12 to provide their input into school safety and school improvements anonymously. The information is gathered and then made available to the schools administration to ensure the school is offering the safest and most welcoming environment for its students. TTFMs bullying and school safety survey addresses:

The survey will be made available to 550 schools across the province beginning in the fall of 2013. Schools will survey their students one to two times a year, creating a system for continuous feedback, the minister said. The survey was initially piloted in 82 schools in two rounds, the first in May of 2012 and the second in October/November 2012. Support for the departments pilot evaluation project was extremely positive, said Allan. Our government is committed to supporting schools and communities in providing safe and caring schools for all students, and this survey will help us do just that. Allan also announced the province will be hosting a Safe and Caring Schools Provincial Leadership Forum on Friday, May 10. The forum will bring together students, teachers,

administrators and experts on schools safety to share strategies on how to make schools safe and inclusive learning environments.

Making our schools safe and respectful for all students will require students, teachers, parents, trustees prevalence of bullying, and government to all work where and when bullying occurs, together, said Allan. This forum how students respond to bullying, will bring together experts in the field, students and educators to measures that prevent bullying, share strategies on how we can further improve student safety. students who feel excluded, sexual harassment at school, and

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clearerpictureofthespecific novelstudyselectionsatalllevels Group Project May 9 , 2013 atthethreepartnerschools.We alsogainedadeepappreciation TheEnglishLanguageArts teachersfromthedivisionsthree forthevarietyofteaching approachesandthehighcaliberof highschoolsrecentlycame togetheraspartofagroupproject eachofthepassionateELA fundedbytheSRTAPDFundand teachersinourdivision. theSeineRiverSchoolDivision. WeareverygratefultotheSRTA
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SRTA ELA Teachers

Thiswasarare opportunityfor teachersofELAto assembleasan interscholasticteam. Thedaywasspent sharinglessons, resources,andother strategies.Itwas extremelyrefreshing tospendanentire daywithcolleaguesseldomseen, focusingonstudentlearningand assessment. Bytheendoftheday,each teacherleftwithavarietyofnew lessonandunitplans,anda OnMay2,2013,thegrade14 teachersmetonsiteforahalfday ofsharing,brainstormingand preparingmathgamesand activitieswhichwefeltwerethe mosthelpful,engagingand productiveforourstudents. Teachershadtimetodiscussareas ofdifficultyandhowbestto addressthoseneedsbeforehaving timetocreateactivities.Ourfocus wasrelatedtoourschoolwide basicmathgoalsandgradelevel outcomes. Thegradeoneand twoteachersmetin themorningand lookedatBoxCars andOneEyed Jacks,ShariSloans websiteandshared personal preferencesforactivitiesthatthey foundhelpfulinmeetingspecific goalsfortheirstudents. Intheafternoon,eachofthe gradesthreeandfourteachers cameequippedwithanumberof funmathactivitiesthattheir studentsenjoyedusing.Some highlightswere:

PDFundaswellas theSeineRiver SchoolDivisionfor makingthisday possible.Sofar, theELAteachers havemetto discussprovincial exampreparation andcurricular outcomesand unitsofstudyatthegrade912 level.Weareplanningtocontinue tomeetgoingforwardasthis collaborationsofarhasbeen helpfulinourdaytodayplanning. SRSDELATeachers,CLC,SAC,CSNC

IregisteredfortheSports Psychology3660coursethisterm atUofM,asIamquiteinterested inPsychologyandmypassionfor coachingmadeitanaturalfit.The book,writtenbytheprofessor GerryMartin,describedbehavior principlesandprocedureswith manyexamplestomakeitaneasy read.AbackgroundinPsychology courseshelpswithsomeofthe terminology,butthebookis writtenatalevelthatisvery understandableforsomeonenew tothefield. Inthefirstpartofthebook,Iwas abletolearn/understandfurther techniquesforcontrolling emotionsandthoughtsinan Athleticenvironmentaswellas theimportanceofmotivationin boththoseareas.Thenext sectionofthebookdealtwith theteachingofnewskillswhile alsodecreasingpersistent errorsandproblembehaviors. Thefinalpartofthebook focussedonadvancedathletesand howtousepsychologytoprovide betterpracticeandcompetition performances.

toapplymanyofthetechniques/ knowledgegainedinmyroleasa teacher(hopefully).Theseason planforacompetitiveathleteis verysimilartoaschoolyearfora student,asthereareupsand downsandpeakingattheright timeisimportant(especiallyfora grade12writingtheprovincialELA exam).Manyoftheself managementskillsasport psychologistdoeswithanathlete issimilartoaclassroomdiscipline plan.(yestherearedisruptivekids onsportsteamsaswell,butthere isnoprincipaltosendthemto.)

answerinside.Whenquestions areansweredcorrectlystudents canbeginbuildingatower. MathChess/ Checkerschess boardsare createdwithbasic facts.When studentswantto moveaplayingpiecetheymust answerthequestioncorrectlyon thatsquare. SnakesandLadderssnakesand laddersboardsareusedto practicebasicfacts.Studentsplay thegamewith2diceandcanadd, subtractormultiplydependingon theirneeds. Addition/Subtraction/ MultiplicationSnapadeckof playingcardsareusedinthesame wayasthetypicalcardgame War.Studentsmustadd, subtractormultiplythe2cards andthe1stplayertosaythe correctanswercollectsallthe cards.

Iwouldsuggestthiscoursefor anyonethatcoachessports, whetheritbe atanovice levelwith youngplayers oratamore competitive HighSchoolor ClubSport level.The courseallowedmetoreflecton pastsituationsasanathlete/coach andgivestrategiesonhowtoreact inthoseandothersituationsinthe future.Thecoursealsoprovided AsImentionedearlier,my mewithmotivationtobeaneven registeringinthiscoursewas bettercoach/teacher(possibly basedonaninterestinpsychology athlete)inthefuture. andcoaching,butabyproductof thiscoursewasthatIwillbeable LouisCote

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Addition/subtractionand MultiplicationDiceGamesGame cardswereprintedandlaminated tocreateinteractivegamessothat Cupstackmathfactsarewritten studentcanpracticeGrade3basic ontheoutsidesofcups,the

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ThefourK5teachersmetfortwo daystodiscussandworkon variousaspectsofourMath program.Wealsopurchasedsome booksthathelpeduswith assessmentaswellaswhatwe wanttoworkoninourclasses. ConsistencybetweenEYandMY: Thefollowingisa Wearetryingtofindwaysto summaryofour makethetransitionfromthe discussions: EYmultilevelclassestotheMY multilevelclasseseasier.We Mathinour talkedaboutchoosingafew classrooms:We programs/ideasthatarethe sharedour sametodevelopsome schedulesandformatsaswellas consistency.Wecameupwith thedifferentaspectsofourMath thefollowingthree: time(e.g.wholegroup,problem solving,Mathjournals,etc.).We (Continuedonpage11) alsotalkedalotaboutGuided

Mathandhowthatworksinour classes.Thetwogrades13 classescurrentlyuseGuided Mathandthe45classesare implementingitnextyear.We talkedalotabouthowto introduceandteachtheroutines atthebeginningoftheyearand whattheotherstudentsare doingatthattime.

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mathfacts. Thiswasawonderfulopportunityforteacherstoconnectandshareideas thatworkwellintheirclassroom,reviewmaterialsandsupportsonhand andtocreateawishlistasfunds becomeavailable.Sharing promotedtheuseofnew,fresh ideasfortheclassroom.You couldhearabuzzinthe hallwayswhenstudentswere askingeachotheraboutusing cupstolearnmathorplaychess duringmathclasses.Thistime wasalsoveryvaluablebecause therewastimetocreate someofthesecenters andmaterialsforour classrooms. NicoleBorkowsky

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MountainMath

thesameaddition, subtraction,multiplicationand divisionstrategies(wemadea listofthestrategiesandwhat wewouldcallthemforeach operationandareworking onasetofpostersthatwill beineachclass) MathWordWall/ dictionary Assessment:Thishasbeenan areathatwehavebeen strugglingin;especiallywhenit comestoonethatcoversall areas,iscontinuousacross gradesandcanbedone

beabletofindjustonethat wouldcovereverything.We decidedon56differentpieces thatwewouldtryuseoverthe nextyear.Afewwehavenever usedbeforeandwewilltryout overthenextmonth.We discussedmeetingagaininthe fallafterStrongBeginningstore evaluateandlookatthem

throughouttheyear.We decidedtofocusonthenumber strand.Welookedatthe LearningPathwaycontinuumof outcomesaswellastheMath curricula.Aftermakingalistof theassessmentpieceswewere usingaswellaslookingatsome otherassessmentsthatwehad found,wecametothe conclusionthatwewouldnever

again. JUMPMathProgram:Ourfour classeshavebeenusingthe JUMPMathprogramthisyear forthefirsttime.Wediscussed theprosandconsofthe programandhowwewould changeitfornextyear.While wereallylikedthe measurement,shapeandspace andpatterningparts,wedid notliketheorderofteaching fornumberconcepts.Wewent throughtheJUMPbooksfor eachofourgradesandarranged thenumberstrandinanew orderthatwethoughtwasbest. Wealsochosethepractice pagesforeachlesson. StaciAnders

therewasabigemphasison usinggamesandactivitiesto Regina, Saskatchewan helpstudentslearnhowto playandtodevelopgame May 13, 2013 senseasitistransferable ThisyearIhadanamazing acrossmanysportsand opportunitytotraveltoRegina, activities.Examplesincludeda Saskatchewanfortheannual hockeyplayerwhocaneasilybe SaskatchewanPhysical transferredtobasketballor EducationConferencewhich soccerbecausetheyunderstand st tookplacefromMay1 toMay thingslikespacingand rd 3 2013.Theconferencetook defensivestrategy. placeatboththeRamadaHotel andonthecampusofthe SomeofthesessionsIattended UniversityofRegina.Between wereAtomicVolleyball(forages keynotespeakers,networking K2),LearningtoTrainSoccer withotherphysical (foragesK3),andNo educationand EquipmentNoProblem. healthteachers,and Eachofthemwere finallygettinginto presentersand thegymforseveral approachesthatIhave activitybased notseenbeforein workshopsessions,I Manitoba.Thisallowed cansaywithout metoseeteaching questionthatthe methodsandactivity conferencewasa suggestionsthatwere greatlearningexperienceand veryuniqueandcouldeasilybe anintegralpartofmyongoing usedinmydailyteaching.Itwas professionaldevelopment. trulyamazingtoseesome gamesandactivitiesthatIhave Theconferencewascalled donemanytimesbefore,but Relationships:MovingTowards playedorexplainedinatotally PhysicalLiteracyandhadabig differentwaythatcreateda focusonbothourrelationships newsenseofinterestfor withstudentsandhowmuch everyoneinvolved.Without thatcanimpacttheirlivesnot question,Iwillusealotofthese onlyfromaphysicalactivity ideaswithmyownstudents. standpoint,butalsofromthe perspectiveofgaininglifelong Finally,Ialsoenjoyedthe skills.Themessagewasa opportunitytonetworkwith continuousreminderthatifwe otherteachersduringthis wanttodevelopstudentsthat conference.Itwasveryusefulto haveleadership, knowthatwesharealot responsibility,and ofthesameexperiences problemsolving withstudent skills,weneed interactions,class togivethemthe sizes,andclassroom opportunitytodo management,evenif justthat.Rather wereindifferent thantellingthem schools,divisions, thisiswhatwe cities,andeven expect,weshould provinces.Italso finddailyopportunitiestoput allowedmetosharesomeofmy studentsinapositiontouse successes,whilealsohearing thoseskillsandtodevelopas fromothersonwaystoimprove people.Theothermainmessage thePhysicalandHealth wastohavestudentsgaininga Educationprograminour betterunderstandingofphysical school. literacyfromtheperspectiveof Thankyouagainforthis beingabletousetheirbodiesto wonderfulopportunity,itwas successfullyparticipateand definitelyasbeneficialasIhad evenexcelinmanydifferent hopedwhenIappliedforthis areas.Althoughskillbuildingis funding.RicherSchool,Graham anintegralpartofallactivities, Bodnar SPEA Conference 2013

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nocountryintheworldwhereI wouldbeconsideredforajobasa malemodel. Wetendtoidealizeournew partners.Thiscauseshim/herto fallevenfartherwhenyoustartto realizetheirfaults.Thefamous quoteIcantbelieveIwentout withthatloser. Weeditandupdateourmemories astimegoesby.YoumeanIwasnt asgoodofahockeyplayerasI remember? Itturnedouttobeanoutstanding courseandIfounditengagingand educational.Theauthorswere abletoexplainhowsocietyhas changed,butthatmanyaspectsof relationshipscangobacktothe beginningoftime.Iwasabletoget somenewperspectivesintomy ownpersonalandprofessional relationshipsandagood understandingofwhyothersact thewaytheydo.Thecauseand effectsofrelationshipbreakdowns and/orlackofrelationshipsalso providedsomeperspectiveintothe atriskstudentsweseeonaregular basisandwhyotherstudentsare successful.Itookthecourseonline andalthoughtherewasafair amountofreading,theworkload wasnotbad.Allinallaverygood course. LouisCote negative)anddifferenttypesof reinforcementschedules (continuousvsreinforcement). Othertopicsincludedinthiscourse involvedmodifyingbehaviourusing chainingandshaping,allowingnew behaviourstobegeneralizedto othersettings,motivating individualstochangetheir behaviour,extinctionofunwanted behavioursandpunishment. Ifeltthatthiscoursewasincredibly useful,especiallysincethe instructorfocusedonsituationsor scenariosencounteredwith children.Theinstructorshared manypersonalstoriesof behavioursshewasaskedto modifyandthedifferentstrategies shetried.Shealsoencouragedus
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Behaviour Modification
ThispastwinterIdecidedtogo backtoschooltoworkonmypost baccalaureateattheUniversityof Winnipeg.Iregisteredforathird yearpsychologycourseasoneof myelectives;behaviour modification.Thiscoursedealt withtheapplicationofthe principlesofconditioningtheoryto theteachingandmodificationof humanbehaviour. Ichoosetotakethisasmyelective coursebecauseIfeltthatatopicin modifyinghumanbehaviour,witha focusonyoungchildrenand adolescents,wouldbeincredibly usefultoateacher.

Thecoursebeganwithan introductionofthehistoryof psychology.Thisallowedusto learnofsomeearlierbeliefsand practices,withregardstoshaping andchanginghumanbehaviour. Wediscussedsomecommon namesinpsychology,likeSkinner andPavlov.This ledtoournext topicof conditioning. Welearned abouttwo differenttypes ofconditioning, respondentand operant conditioning. Themainfocus ofthecourse afterthisfocusedonoperant conditioning.

Ourinstructorwasinchargeofthe AppliedBehaviourAnalysis programatSt.AmantCentre.This programworkswithmodifyingthe behaviourofyoungchildrenwith autism.Theyuseoperant conditioningastheirmainmethod ofworkingwiththesechildren. Operant conditioning focuseson believingthat behaviourcan bechangedby using reinforcement and consequences asamethodof teaching alternateorappropriate behaviours.Wediscusseddifferent typesofreinforcement(positivevs

I attended a winter course through the University of Manitoba this winter session entitled (5800) Educational Research. This course is a requirement for my masters degree. The content of this course focused on the requirements and challenges of conducting research in the field of education. Any teachers interested in conducting research would benefit from taking this course. The course textbook is entitled Educational Research, by Creswell. The textbook is very well written, using simple and direct language. Issues such as ethics, methodology and literature reviews are addressed. Many examples are provided which clarify the concepts presented. The characteristics which differentiate between

qualitative and quantitative research are discussed at length. The assignments for this course included writing a critical analysis of an article on teachers understanding of bullying, designing and reporting on a questionnaire (subject of choice), a personal reflection on our experiences with educational research and a literature review on a subject of choice. This course was very informative and invaluable for anyone interested in either pursuing writing a thesis or doing other educational research. Holly Sorenson St. Norbert Immersion School

the closing speaker. They will also be involved in other sessions during the twoday event. Registration information will be posted July 30 Dembo is a former kindergarten teacher and Conference keynote speakers school director of confirmed technology. He The keynote speakers for the next has been major Manitoba Teachers Society recognized as one conference have been confirmed. of the top 50 Two wellknown experts in the educational field of education and technology bloggers by Social will head the speakers list for the Media Explorer and was one of the Awakening Possibilities conference first to adopt the use of blogging, on technology, April 1617, 2014. podcasting, Twitter, and other Steve Dembo, Discovery Web 2.0 technologies in education. Educations director of social media strategy and online He is also a course designer and community, will open the adjunct professor for Wilkes conference. Chris Lehmann, University in northeastern principal at the Science Leadership Pennsylvania where he serves as Academy in Philadelphia, will be class instructor for the Internet

Tools for Teaching course. Two years ago he was named as one of the 20 To Watch by the National School Board Association. He has won a number of awards for his work with the Discovery Educator Network, which can be accessed at http://
community.discoveryeducation.com.

more important to create an environment that allows them to flourish and enjoy what they are learning. He has received the 2012 Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia. He was also honored by the White House for his educational reform initiatives, and was named a Champion of Change, in September, 2011. He coedited the book What School Leaders Need to Know about Digital Technologies and Social Media, and runs the education blog Practical.
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Lehmann has also been recognized with a variety of awards for his work in revamping the education system. His talks often focus on the idea that students are often force fed irrelevant material. He believes it

It has been a wonderful experience working on the SRTA Executive as the PD Chair. Whenever I am on the executive I always learn something new and miss being on the executive when I leave. I would like to thank Suzanne for all of her help, advice and guidance that she has given throughout this year and for the years that she has served on the SRTA. You will be greatly missed. I wish everyone a relaxing and restful summer. Rebecca Brown

spending most of my time in this course thinking about how I could implement some of the (Continued from page 12) procedures taught in my classroom. I to bring up situations that were personal really enjoyed taking this course as I felt to us so the class could brainstorm ideas able to make a personal connection to or suggestions on how to approach the desire to modify behaviour and will modifying the behaviour. continue to think back to the strategies taught to me in the many years of Being a high school teacher, my days are teaching ahead of me. often filled with children trying to "test" me in one way or another. I found myself Leah Borenstien, CLC

The Fab Five:


Symposia for Teachers in their First Five Years
October 35, 2013 in Brandon October 17 19, 2013 in Winnipeg We are pleased to invite all teachers in the first five years of their career to join us for this exciting conference. Newer teachers have told us that they require more information to be properly prepared for the demands of teaching and they want to share experiences with other beginning teachers. This conference has been designed to address those needs. Choose sessions on Cyberbullying, Aboriginal Education, Generationality, Classroom Management, Working with Parents and Educational Assistants, Wellness, Assessment, a myriad of diversity issues, and more. Come and join the network of teachers beginning their career. Learn about the wealth of resources available to support you. The conference will begin Thursday evening with a light meal and an

introductory plenary session to set the tone for this conference. This is an excellent time to socialize with past and new colleagues. On Friday participants will be able to choose four different workshops from a variety of presenters. During the Saturday morning sessions, successful classroom teachers will share their best curriculum ideas in multiple sessions provided by the Special Area Groups of Educators. And yes, the sessions are all done by noon on Saturday leaving ample time for participants to begin their travels home. Registration is only $25.00. As well, The Society will be providing some financial assistance for travel and accommodation for participants to attend this Fab 5: Beginning Teachers Conference. We are hoping that the PD funds administered by the school divisions and/or local associations can further support this initiative by covering the costs of substitute teachers. We are looking forward to seeing you.
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Why Unions Matter

10 ideas to help teachers rejuvenate this summer


Teaching is ranked as one of the most stressful jobs in the world, which is why summer vacation is a welldeserved, hardearned break. You dont have to visit an expensive spa or travel to Europe to get rejuvenated before returning to school in the fall. With summer just around the corner, here are ten inexpensive ways to recharge so you can be energized, destressed, and ready for a great year ahead when school starts again.

7. Practice the art of savouring. Your life doesnt have to change drastically for you to feel rejuvenated. A cup of tea, a moment with your child or spouse, a delicious dinner, or a good workout are small things that, when savored and enjoyed, can lead to lasting life satisfaction. In his blog Zen Habits, Leo Babauta describes savoring as an art that helps make life more meaningful. Savouring can teach you to be mindful, to stop procrastinating, to finally exercise, to eat less and more healthfully, to live in the present, and much more. His tips for getting there include slowing down, eating mindfully, and living in the present. 8. Meditate. Its been said that, besides lifting your spirits, the practice of meditation can also boost your immune system, reduce blood pressure, and increase your attention span. Start by committing to just a few minutes a day at a specific time. Pick a quiet spot, sit comfortably, and focus on steady, slow breathing for those few minutes.

1. Try something new. Immersing yourself in learning something youre interested in is a great way to reduce stress, increase creativity, and build confidence in yourself. You might try learning a new language, taking up cooking or gardening, learning an instrument, attending a dance class, or you could even try something as simple as a new restaurant or board game with friends. 2. Volunteer. One of the most rewarding ways to rejuvenate and feel good about yourself is by improving your community or world as a volunteer.

9. Take advantage of your citys free events. Check our your citys 3. Get outside. Summertime offers an abundance of opportunities to calendar. Without spending get outside and enjoy the sun. money or going too far, you Active outside activities include should be able to find a number swimming, hiking, biking, or of local events and activities to walking in the park. For the enjoy with friends or more lazy days, family. These might include concerts in the park, outdoor art exhibits or gallery strolls, classic movie screenings, or fairs. On the chance that your citys calendar is empty this summer, you can always visit a museum or go windowshopping.

4. Exercise. Summer is also a great time to work on the fitness goals you put off during the busy school year. Start out by building a daily routine of physical activity, even if its walking for 15 minutes a day

5. Catch up on your reading list. Ah, the joy of summer reading. During the school year, its a great idea to make an actual list so you always know the next thing youre going to check out from the local library.

6. Journal or blog. There is something fulfilling and therapeutic about documenting the events in your life in a journal or Adapted from: http://www.whytry.org/blog/2013/05/13/10ideastohelp blog. Sites like Blogger or WordPress are user teachersrejuvenatethissummer/ friendly ways to start establishing a presence online, but curling up with a diary and pen can also be a great outlet to get your ideas flowing.

10. Laugh. While it may be clich to say it, sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine. If youre still not feeling as rejuvenated and refreshed as youd like, it may be time to laugh it off. Attend a local comedy show, rent a funny movie, or go out for a night with close friends and keep it light. Laugh and smile your way through the summer, and youll be a new person when school starts in the fall.