Happy Spring to all!
Spring is finally here, and hopefully, a beautiful summer is just around the corner. I am more than ready to escape the confines of my house after a very long winter and get out and enjoy the sun! This past year has indeed been one we could have never imagined and will not soon forget. The flexibility and grace asked of teachers has been immense. As we near the end of this school year, I hope you know that your presence and perseverance created an atmosphere where students felt relief and regularity during this pandemic.
The SHETA executive invited members to meet virtually in November for our AGM. We welcomed a new member to our executive committee and familiarized returning members with the new roles they graciously accepted. The SHETA Executive also met in January, March, and April to collaboratively update SHETA’s Purpose and Goals and transition to the Professional Growth Network Renewal scheduled for the fall of 2021.
Continued efforts have been put into updating our website and our Facebook page. Be sure to check out our website as it is updated continually, and follow our Facebook page to see what is going on across the province. I appreciate all the sharing that has been happening on our SHETA Facebook group. I love how many of us have been able to connect, support, and inspire each other when we need it most. I want to take this opportunity to encourage you, our members, to reach out to the SHETA Executive if there are any items you would like brought to our attention at any time throughout the year.
We have decided to postpone our 50th Anniversary SHETA Conference in Moose Jaw until the fall of 2022. However, we want to connect with our members and are planning a Mini Virtual Conference for October. If you have a personal connection with anyone you think home economics educators would be keen to hear from, please contact me. We hope to hope to have registration open before the end of the school year. You can find our “Save the Date” in this newsletter.
Finally, I want to thank all of you who have volunteered your time for the Practical and Applied Arts curricula renewal. The strong representation of Home Economics teachers will ensure we have relevant curricula and our voices are heard. Many of the curricula are now in the vetting and piloting stage. I encourage you to look at these while still in draft versions, as vetting is a great way to get a sneak peek at the curriculum and have a say in any changes to the final document.
I wish you all well as we continue through the final month of this crazy 20/21 school year.