Sagal, Jane Thurgood



Job Title

Executive Director, Curriculum (currently retired)


SK Ministry of Education

EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s

EdD, 2007


Educational Studies – General


Radium Hot Springs, BC, Canada


Jane Thurgood Sagal, EdD’07

For over 34 years, Jane Thurgood Sagal worked in the K-12 education sector in Saskatchewan. During this time, she was a classroom teacher (often in multi-grade classrooms) and a school principal before working in curriculum development at the Ministry of Education. Within the Ministry, Jane served in several roles responsible for K-12 curriculum development which culminated in the position of Executive Director of Curriculum. In all her roles, whether teaching or guiding curriculum development, Jane emerged as a leader. She developed and promoted work of the highest standards based on solid research, rigour, and a philosophy of inclusion. She received the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the integration of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit content, perspectives, and ways of knowing in provincial curricula. Upon retirement, Jane completed various contracts related to K-12 education and co-wrote a book to support the spirit of teachers (The Way of the Teacher: A Path for Personal Growth and Professional Fulfilment, 2017, Rowman and Littlefield). In addition to writing journal articles, her doctoral dissertation was published as a monograph in 2009 (Shifting Horizons of Understanding; How Teachers Interpret Curriculum in Their Practice, VDM Verlag). Jane is a lifelong learner and has traveled to various countries in pursuit of knowledge and experiences. She continues to travel to different areas of France to study the French language and enjoy the regional culture. Jane also believes in contributing to her community and has served on various committees and boards. Jane is currently a Trustee on the Rocky Mountain School District Board of Education in British Columbia. What role did participating in the EdD program serve in my career? Participating in the program allowed me to think more deeply about my work and to strengthen the relationships between theory and practice. Any words of wisdom for current students or newly graduated students? Enjoy the time with your professor, classmates, readings, and other experiences. Notice how your knowledge both influences others and shifts. Be open to where your life and studies lead.