Well…have you been dying to share your opinions on provincial bargaining??
Here’s your chance!
The STF is hosting bargaining forums for all Saskatoon Reps (School Staff Liaisons – SSLs). These forums will be a critical step in the bargaining “process” going forward.
It is critical that as many Saskatoon reps attend as possible. If none of the times work for you…I understand…but…please have someone from your staff attend.
The forums will be held at the STF Building in Eamer Auditorium.
Please attend one of the following sessions (please):
Wednesday, December 4
4:00 and 7:00
Thursday, December 5
4:00 and 7:00
We are going to limit each session to 75 reps. If you could RSVP to email@example.com with your preferred time it would be greatly appreciated.
Yvonne Musey Johnson
There will be an election for the Administrative Vice President on May 7th and 8th.
Voting will be conducted in schools.
The Administrative Vice-President shall:
1. Prepare an annual budget, with an operational reserve of 30%, and a fee based on
Executive recommendations, for ratification at the May assembly meeting by majority
2. Be responsible for the collection and recording of fees, the issuing of receipts, and the
regular notification to the STA Executive of members whose fees are in arrears.
3. Shall keep accurate and current accounting of the STA funds, and present periodic
financial statements to the Executive and Assembly.
4. Cause to be prepared an Annual Statement of Income and Expenditures, which shall be
audited by an accountant, who is not a member of the STA. The audited statement from
the previous year shall be presented to the Assembly at the first meeting in September.
5. Approve and reimburse expenses by the STA president and Executive members while
they are carrying out official duties.
6. Invest accumulated surpluses, and the operational reserve.
7. Shall contract adequate liability insurance on the behalf of the STA and ensure such
insurance is provided prior to all STA sponsored functions.
Please see the attached PDF for the March 19th President’s Report
It might not seem like spring, but it is time to begin to consider next year.
If you are interested in running for a position on the STA Inner Executive or on the STA Executive please fill out the appropriate nomination form below and forward it to the STA office or to Barry Charington the STA Chief Electoral Officer.
As promised, here are some more details regarding our upcoming STA Convention 2013.
Please share the 2013 Convention flyer with your teaching staff.
Here are some videos/articles to prepare your staff for the event:
Pasi Sahlberg TED-x talk
Introduction to Positive Psychology
STA President’s Report
January 29, 2013
Seasonal affective disorder is in full swing! There are many reasons to be “sad”…but I hope the STA will provide one day of hope and inspiration in the cold dark winter. Our annual convention is just around the corner. February 22nd at TCU Place.
The STA has secured two inspirational speakers for this year’s convention. Pasi Sahlberg and Dan Tomasulo. I, personally, have been looking forward to this day for a long time. The planning committee believes the timing of the visit of these global visionaries couldn’t be better!
Tomorrow, links to videos by our keynotes will be sent out. I ask reps to forward this email to their staff. I encourage you to take a few minutes at your next staff meeting to show the videos to your colleagues. This will help get the best out of our keynote’s visit, because the audience will be familiar with some of their work, allowing them to take their presentations to the next level.
Do you have any new teachers in your school? They need a night out! The STA is hosting a new teachers social next week. February 7, 7:00 at Eamer Auditorium. I encourage you to talk to your “newbies” and join them next week. It should be fun!!! We could all use some of that!
The most talked about issue this month has been the recent announcement from the provincial government regarding hours of instruction. Essentially, the regulation change simply enforces existing legislation around school hours. In Saskatoon it means teachers will be teaching approximately 40 more hours during the next school year. Most likely, next year’s calendar will include extra minutes during the school day. Approximately 15 minutes per day will add up to the 40 hours extra required for school divisions to meet the requirements of the new regulations. Although, nothing has been finalized as yet.
There seems to be no logical reason for the government to add these extra minutes, however, I know teachers can change a child’s path in one minute. We have so much positive influence over our students, in one minute of time we can influence great change.
I think complaining about the additional minutes, publicly, would be detrimental to our public perception. Strong concerns around the process and the reason behind this decision are definitely worth pursuing.
I will do my best to keep you up-to-date on what impact the “hours of school” regulation will have on Saskatoon teachers. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on this issue.
I will end my report with a brief clip from an article in last Saturday’s Star Phoenix. I think it sums up how most of us feel fairly concisely.
From the Saturday January 26, 2013 Leader Post. The editorial is by Murray Mandaryk, “Wall Vision Needs More Homework”.
Perhaps the best illustration this week, however, was the government’s attempt to improve K-12 education standards by increasing classroom time by about 40 hours a year. In itself, one might assume this is positive – or perhaps not quite as onerous as students or their teachers are making it out to be. But what evidence is there that an extra 40 hours a year, or 12 minutes a day, or three minutes per high school class, will improve marks?
And how does this measure address the core education issues we’ve been talking about in recent years? Does it address overcrowding in classrooms? The influx of English-as-an-additional-language students? Special needs students who may no longer have teacher’s assistants?
Most significantly, how will it help get aboriginal kids to attend classes and graduate? Are these not the same people Eric Howe cites? Will they not be the same people Saskatchewan will rely on to help pay for growing health costs?
Sometimes, you have to look at the entire forest.
Thank you so much for all of your work keeping your teachers informed.