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Nineteenth National Congress on Rural Education

March 30 - April 1, 2014
TCU Place, Saskatoon SK

(Formerly the Centennial Auditorium)

The Changing Reality of Rural Schools

Societal changes present important challenges that must be addressed by our rural schools and communities. The focus of this yearís Rural Education Congress draws attention to such issues as student mental health, classroom diversity, child hunger, bullying and the effects of social media, among others that impact upon rural schools.


Call for Presentations



Congress at a Glance




Pre-Congress Workshop
Cyber Bullying: Understanding and Prevention on Online Bullying and Harrassment

Sunday, March 30, 2014
1:30 - 4:00 pm

Sgt. Brian TrainorSgt. Brian Trainor (ret.)

THE SESSION: Cyber-bullying is a hard-to-detect problem that affects thousands of Canadian children and youth every year. More recently, Cyber-Bullying has gained significant media attention due to the tragic effect it has on those that are being bullied. Although, most of these on-line contacts occur at home, students bring these problems to schools and ultimately school staff must deal with the fallout.

Based on current research and personal experience, Sergeant Trainorís workshop will help registrants better understand the issues related to cyber-bullying and the preventative measures necessary to deter or eliminate cyber bullying.

Key areas covered are:

  • What is it and how widespread is the problem?
  • Who is most affected?
  • What does the law say?
  • How can it be avoided?
  • What can parents and school officials do?

Related areas such as sexting, netiquette and online privacy and security will be addressed as well as policy issues that require attention in schools and school divisions.

THE PRESENTER: Brian Trainor is a retired Saskatoon Police Sergeant who spent 27 years with the police service. He is a nationally recognized expert in preventing harassment and has given thousands of presentations across Canada on topics ranging from identity theft to cyber-bullying, internet safety and workplace harassment. A published author of Stop Fraud and Bully 4U, he has written and presented extensively on fraud and cyber-bullying.



Youth in Action
E-Journalism students from the
Prairie Spirit School Division

Over 50 concurrent sessions:

  • learn about innovative practices
  • discuss rural issues
  • meet others with common interests

Banquet and Entertainment
Empire School
H.t N SpicE Drum Group
Prairie South SD


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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Pre-Congress Workshop 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Brian Trainor - Cyberbullying
Registration 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
TCU Place
Welcome & Greetings 7:00 pm
Opening Keynote Presentation
Ian Hanomansing
Reception 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Monday, March 31, 2014
Breakfast 7:30 am
Keynote Panel Presentation 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Concurrent Sessions 10:00 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions 1:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Reception 6:30 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm
Entertainment 8:00 pm

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Breakfast 7:30 am
Keynote Presentation 8:20 am - 9:20 am
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl - Educating the Heart and Mind
Concurrent Sessions 9:40 am - 12:00 noon
Noon Luncheon & Door Prizes

Nineteenth National Congress on Rural Education
Presented by:

Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF), League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents (LEADS), Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (SASBO), Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit (SPDU), University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan