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2016 marks the final year of Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 6 data collection. With 13 years of population-level data on BC’s children, clear trends and patterns are emerging that are essential to policy and program decision-making across many sectors. We are excited to share these data and the related stories they tell us about how our children are doing. We are also very pleased this year to be able to start to share more detailed EDI subscale data.
During the Fall, there will be many opportunities to learn more about and explore the latest EDI data together. In September and October, these include our Fall Expo 2016 and EDI 101 Webinar Series. Some information about both of these are included below. In addition, the HELP team continues to finalize plans for additional EDI-related events and research presentations into the Fall and Winter. I encourage you to watch our blog and social media channels for updates and registration information.
On behalf of HELP, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you. We would not be where we are today if not for your continued support. We look forward to connecting with you over the next few months and into 2017.
Deputy Director, HELP
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is pleased to announce that our September HELP Talks will focus on linked data and how it can be used to identify factors that influence development. Please join us on Thursday, September 8th (9:30am-12:00pm) for a series of presentations that will look at the “difference that make a difference” in development. Full details are included below. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
HELP Talks: The Differences that Make a Difference
Using Linked Data to Identify Factors that Influence Children's Health and Well-being Across Development
Date: Thursday, Sept 8th, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to noon
Location: Hertzman Boardroom, HELP Office, SPPH
Martin Guhn, Assistant Professor, HELP, School of Population and Public Health, UBC, and the National Research Lead of the Forum on Early Child Development Monitoring
Mark Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State University
(Daniel) Max Crowley, Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Director, Prevention Economic Planning and Research Labs within the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Penn State University (via Skype)
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director, HELP and Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, UBC
Upcoming HELP Talks
Building Resilience in Children and Youth: Attachment, Play and the Importance of Taking Risks
The next HELP Talks will take place November 15. We are pleased to announce that speakers will include Dr. Eva Oberle, Dr. Mariana Brussoni, SPPH, UBC and Dr. Marlene Moretti, SFU. Please save the date and watch our blog and social media for more details closer to the event.
In anticipation of Wave 6 EDI results, we are excited to host two webinars. Designed as an introduction – or re-introduction – to the EDI, both sessions will highlight important aspects of the tool as well as important changes to Wave 6 reports, maps and resources. Webinars will take place August 23th and September 21st.
Registration is now open for the first webinar. (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 1: EDI 101 will take place on Tuesday, August 23rd (3:30-4:30pm). HELP has spent the better part of 2016 wrapping up the final year of EDI Wave 6 data collection and analyzing new findings from patterns and trends across 16 years of data. Whether you’ve been working with EDI for awhile and are in need of a quick refresher or you’ve recently started working with the EDI, join us ahead of the release of Wave 6 EDI School District/Community Profile Reports as we discuss important aspects of this tool. This session will review the areas of children’s development measured by the tool, clarify the concept and meaning of child vulnerability and key issues related to interpreting and applying population health data. There will be plenty of time for questions from participants – please bring them!
Registration for the second webinar, (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 2: Interactive Maps and Media outreach will open August 18th. Please watch our blog and social media channels for further information and the registration announcement.
This year's Kelty Mental Health Summer Institute takes place August 25th and 26th and HELP will be there. We are excited to host two workshops. Details are included below. Space is still available. Please visit Kelty Mental Health Summer Institute to register.
Breakout Session #1: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (90 Minutes)
Auguts 25, 2016
“Building connections for wellbeing: Evidence and strategies for strengthening peer and adult connectedness across school communities”
Breakout Session #2: 2:40 – 3:30 p.m. (50 Minutes)
August 25, 2016
“Exploring BC’s K-12 Social and Personal Competences by capturing children’s voices with the MDI”
Noticing some different names on emails and other communications coming from the EDI and MDI Implementation team? There have been a few changes within the team and we wanted to share these updates with you.
Maddison Spenrath has been seconded to the MDI National Scale-out project as the National MDI Scale-Out Coordinator. She is working closely with Lisa Pedrini, MDI National Scale-Out Project Manager, as the MDI rolls out to four Canadian regions over the next two years.
Marit Gilbert has replaced Maddison as the EDI/MDI Implementation Project Coordinator. Marit should be a familiar name and face to you as she was most recently the EDI/MDI School Liaison and thus is beyond familiar with both the EDI and MDI projects.
Marit and Maddison’s secondments left a vacancy and we are pleased to welcome Sarah Noon-Ward as the EDI/MDI School Liaison. Sarah brings to HELP over ten years combined experience working to support wellness and education in Aboriginal communities through community engagement and outreach. We are so excited to have her with us.
HELP’s June 2016 Child Development citation list is now available. The citation list includes Child Development academic research publications for June and pre-prints for July and beyond.
This month’s citation list includes a new National Academies Press publication called “Reaching and Investing in Children at the Margins” with Chapter 7 entitled, COMBINING THE SCIENCE OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT WITH QUALITY MEASUREMENT TO SUPPORT EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS AND POLICIES.
Our monthly citation list is posted to the HELP Publications page of our website. This page offers direct links to key HELP researcher publications as well as links to monthly ECD citation lists (from as far back as June 2011). The June PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”.
We are pleased to announce the formal appointment of Dr. Eva Oberle as Assistant Professor at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), School of Population and Public Health.
Eva completed graduate studies in psychology at the University of Heidelberg, earned a PhD in educational psychology from UBC, and conducted postdoctoral research at UIC and CASEL in Chicago. Her research investigates factors linked to positive child development and strategies for promoting mental health and wellbeing in the school context in particular. Her main focus is on social and emotional learning in schools, risk and resilience, and positive youth development. Eva is interested in the role of peer relationships, relationships with adults (e.g., family members, teachers, mentors), and school-level factors (e.g., classroom climate) in achieving positive, healthy, and successful child outcomes. She conducts quantitative research with population-based data, intervention evaluations, and large-scale cross sectional and longitudinal studies. Eva takes a whole-child approach, understanding child development within the ecological contexts in which children grow (i.e., home, school, neighbourhood, society).
You may recognize Eva’s name thanks to numerous media interviews she has done over the last week related to a study she co-authored with HELP Director, Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Stress contagion in the classroom? The link between classroom teacher burnout and morning cortisol in elementary school students. Please see some links below.
Your teacher’s stress may rub off on you
June is National Aboriginal History Month, and today is National Aboriginal Day. It is a time to honour the cultural heritage, traditions and contributions of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Today, we are taking an extra moment to reflect on the work that we are doing with our Aboriginal Steering Committee to support aboriginal communities in improving the well-being of their children.
We are most proud of our Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC). Formed in 2003, the ASC includes members from Nations across BC who have expertise in child development, education, health, nursing and social work. The ASC guides a range of our research and reporting our initiatives to ensure that they are culturally safe and respect the history and traditions of BC’s Aboriginal peoples. They have also had a profound influence over the years on HELP’s culture and values. We are deeply grateful to each member of our ASC.
Currently HELP, with strong participation from our ASC members, is developing a strategic plan that commits HELP to honouring the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The plan will also prioritize an increasing emphasis on understanding the role of language and identity in children’s healthy development, and particularly the importance of the many Aboriginal languages spoken across the Province.
There is always more to do but we are taking some important steps to ensure HELP's research is inclusive of all children, including Aboriginal children living in on-reserve, urban and rural communities across the province. We look forward to sharing our progress with you.
HELP is seeking a Senior Operations Manager to provide leadership in all aspects of operational management. The incumbent will work closely with both the Director and Deputy Director of HELP, as well as working collaboratively with senior SPPH, Faculty of Medicine and UBC staff to ensure sound operational management. The Senior Operations Manager works closely with the Faculty of Medicine Financial Cluster staff on all issues related to financial processing, control, accountability and budget preparation. They are also responsible for overseeing HELP’s relationship with UBC IT to support and enhance business operations and to ensure that appropriate IT planning and controls exist. The incumbent liaises with university offices (ORS, UIL, Supply Management) regarding HELP’s legal and contracting requirements and plays an important role in HELP’s negotiations and reporting to its funders.
For further information, please visit the UBC Job Careers page.
The fourth edition of HELP's annual research publications catalogue is now online. The catalogue demonstrates the breadth and depth of our organization’s engagement in research and scholarship. HELP faculty members are committed to the integration of research and teaching and they work with a network of researchers and students from British Columbia, Canada and around the world to inform, engage and facilitate action to ultimately help children and families thrive.
This catalogue highlights scholarly activities and achievements in 2015‐2016 of the HELP team, affiliated scholars and researchers. It is organized by topic and is designed to allow readers to identify more easily the contribution of HELP to collective child development research. The listed publications cover a variety of disciplines and topics and, in many instances, reflect new and interesting collaborations across disciplines.