Regina school staff participate in huge treaty training event

September 10, 2014

More than 1,600 faculty and staff from the Regina Public Schools (RPS) division recently took part in a full-day, technology-enabled professional development (PD) day focused on treaty education. The PD event was the “largest simultaneous treaty training event” ever held by RPS, and included every teacher, education assistant, superintendent, consultant, school administrator, and teacher librarian in the division. The PD initiative was designed to break misconceptions around the treaties and allow the exchange of ideas about incorporating treaty education and Aboriginal worldviews into the classroom. Technology allowed faculty and staff from individual schools to connect with each other; social media campaigns using the #rpstreaties hashtag were also used to foster communication between participants. Elder Noel Starblanket also participated in the event, helping to create a personal connection with the lessons learned. Organizers are pleased with the event’s outcome, as evinced by the engagement shown online, which caused the #rpstreaties hashtag to trend in the top 3 for Canada on Twitter that day. Another training day will take place later in the school year. Regina Board of Education News | Regina Leader-Post