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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


Call for Presentations



Congress at a Glance




Keynote Presenters:
Ian Hanomansing

Events Shaping Our World

Ian Hanomansing Ian Hanomansing brings a wealth of journalism experience to his role as the anchor of CBC News Network’s prime time weeknight coverage. As well as being a news anchor, his duties include reporting and occasionally hosting CBC’s, The National. Hanomansing’s award winning journalism has taken him around the world and across Canada to cover major stories including the Calgary floods, fires in Slave Lake Alberta, Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot in 2011, the creation of Nunavit, San Francisco earthquake, Exxon Valdez oil spill, Hong Kong handover and three Olympic games.

He has spoken and written about many media issues including media coverage of the legal system and the line between journalism and tabloid reporting. He hosted and co-developed several ground breaking news specials including Downtown Drugs: A Night on the Streets as well as Crime on the Street which was the only network news special to be broadcast inside a Canadian penitentiary.

Hanomansing was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and grew up in Sackville, New Brunswick. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and a law degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He is the winner of six national university debating and public speaking championships and was named Canada’s 2008 Gemini winner for best news anchor.

Panel Presentation

The Changing Reality of Rural Schools: Trends, Challenges and Vision for the Future

Panel members will present their perspectives on the meaning of this year’s Congress theme, The Changing Reality of Rural Schools. Each member will draw from their experiences while working and living in rural educational settings. The panel members will respond to such questions as What are the trends and challenges facing rural schools and communities? What are we most proud of? What could make our rural schools better? and What is the vision for the future?
Ben Grebinski Dawn Wallin Albert Trask Paul Bennett
Ben Grebinski
Director of Education, Prairie Valley School Division in Saskatchewan
Dr. Dawn Wallin
Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
Albert Trask
Assistant Deputy Minister, Department
of Education, Yukon
Paul Bennett Superintendent, Peace River
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

Educating the Heart and Mind: Developing Resiliency and Optimism in Children and Youth

Kimberly Schonert-ReichlDr. Schonert-Reichl’s keynote address focuses on how social and emotional learning equips children and youth with skills that improve academic performance, reduce stress, gain emotional resilience and increase optimism. The presentation draws from current research and provides practical solutions that support student well-being.

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, author, presenter, award-winning teacher, researcher and professor at the University of British Columbia, is an expert in the science and practice of ways in which schools, families and communities can promote children’s human qualities including empathy, compassion and kindness.

Before arriving at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Schonert-Reichl served as a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program in Adolescence at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical School. For the past several years, she has worked in collaboration with educators across British Columbia in the area of social and emotional learning and, in 2004, was awarded the Vancouver School Board Recognition Award in acknowledgement of her support for district initiatives regarding social responsibility and social and emotional learning.

Kim had the opportunity to chair a dialogue between the Dalai Lama and leading educators, researchers and policy makers on the themes of cultivating compassion and educating the heart. Dr. Schonert-Reichl began her professional career as a middle years teacher and then as a secondary school teacher in alternate schools working with “at-risk” students.

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