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Experiences in middle childhood (ages 6 to 12) have critical and long lasting effects on learning, health and wellbeing and are powerful predictors of adolescent adjustment and adult success. This summit will focus on the rights of the child during this sensitive period in human development. How can we ensure that the voices of children are heard and their rights are observed?
This FREE event is designed to bring together British Columbians working with and for children in their middle years to discuss the importance of a child rights approach in improving outcomes for children. Join us for several keynote presentations and hands-on workshops to learn about how governments and practitioners alike can adapt research, policies and programming to reflect child rights in a more meaningful way.
*Please note that lunch will NOT be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch or visit a nearby downtown restaurant.
9:00-9:45 Why Child Rights are important
Dr. Katherine Covell and Dr. Brian Howe
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) presents us with a global set of standards for children and childhood. Learn from academic experts how this international instrument provides a framework for action and has evidence-based results in improving the wellbeing of children.
9:45-10:30 The Right to Wellbeing: What do the children say?
Dr. Kimberley Schonert-Reichl
The UNCRC provides us with a framework to guide action on a Middle Childhood agenda. It underpins the five dimensions of the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), dimensions that are essential for healthy development during the middle childhood years. These 5 dimensions are assessed through the MDI - a self-report survey that provides information from the children themselves about their wellbeing and the assets that support their development. There is currently data on the MDI from almost 27,000 4th and 7th grade children in BC. This presentation will highlight some of this work along with some initial findings on links between the EDI and MDI.
10:45-11:30 Panel - How do we build happy, healthy and resilient children?
Dr. Kimberley Schonert- Reichl, Dr. Katherine Covell and Dr. Brian Howe
This panel discussion will draw on research and academic knowledge from experts in their respective fields as they discuss the utility of a child rights approach and illustrate tangible links between child rights and their wellbeing.
11:30-12:30 Lunch Break
12:30-1:00 Afternoon Keynote
1:15-2:00 Workshop Session 1
2:15-3:00 Workshop Session 2
*Please note that each workshop will run twice. This will allow participants to attend 2 workshops of their choice.
We encourage you to register for an afternoon workshop that examines a different scope of work than what you would consider to be your typical role at work. For example, if you work in direct programming, consider taking a workshop that touches on policy or planning. Social change can be made at many different levels, within and outside your organization.
Presenters: Angie Osachoff - Equitas, Daljit Gill Badesha- City of Surrey, Nancy Smith - Surrey School Board
Join Equitas and the City of Surrey in exploring the Play it Fair! model of teaching children values and human rights through experiential learning.
Presenters: Helen Davidson - Richmond Children First and Lynne Reside- Children First Okanagan
How can the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child be implemented at a local level in BC? Join Lynne and Helen to hear how two communities have engaged children and built community support for children's rights. Gain tips, tools and inspiration for your own child rights projects, sized to fit your community.
Presenters: Dr. Katherine Covell and Dr. Brian Howe
This workshop is based on a decade of research with schools in England with children at kindergarten, elementary and junior high school levels. Using videos of children in rights-based schools in the UK, and an interactive approach, Dr Howe and Dr. Covell will demonstrate means of implementing children’s rights, and the value of incorporating rights into daily classroom curricula and school practices. They will examine the responses of children, teachers and administrators to rights-based schooling.
Presenters: Andrea Lemire and Anique Ross - Society for Children and Youth of BC and John Stark - City of New Westminster
The Society for Children and Youth of BC and the City of New Westminster have partnered to develop a child and youth friendly community strategy. Learn how a child, youth, and family engagement project and focus on child rights are integral to this crucial work.
Presenters: Brooke Hykaway and Ruth Forsythe - Office of the Representative for Children and Youth
An independent Office of the legislature, the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) advocates for the province’s most vulnerable populations. RCY will share how they are working to increase their community and youth engagement and advance child friendly practices.
3:15-4:00 Panel and Closing Plenary
The Child Rights Approach: What does it mean to our organizations?
Panelists: Joanne Schroeder - Human Early Learning Partnership, Angie Osachoff - Equitas, Andrea Lemire -Society for Children and Youth of BC and Chinu Das - United Way of the Lower Mainland
United Way of the Lower Mainland, Equitas - the International Centre for Human Rights Education, Society for Children and Youth of BC and the Human Early Learning Partnership have all supported a Child Rights framework in different ways. How do they incorporate it into their work and why do they support it?
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This summit is presented by United Way of the Lower Mainland, in partnership with Equitas and the Society for Children and Youth of BC and supported by the Human Early Learning Partnership
We encourage you to join HELP researcher, Dr. Michael Kobor for a webinar that will focus on making sense of social epigenetics. The session will begin with a 45 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute question period. Register now!
Making Sense of Social Epigenetics.Presented by HELP's Associate Professor, Dr. Michael Kobor.
ChildCare 2020 is the first national childcare policy conference in a decade and the fourth such conference in Canada’s history. The main goal of the conference is renewed action on early learning and childcare.
Develop an inclusive vision of early childhood education and care that reflects the needs of today’s families with young children. The majority of these families do not have access to affordable, quality childcare.
Generate new ideas and strategies to put childcare back on the political agenda and kickstart progress on support for children and parents in Canada. Childcare is a key component of social and economic equality. It’s important to counter the austerity measures and poor government policy that have put childcare on the back burner.
Engage a new generation of advocates who will deliver a strong message that it’s time for governments to give families access to quality early learning and child care programs. Child care is a right.
The Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education presents the second annual Heart-Mind Conference from May 8-10, 2014: The Science of Kindness! Heart-Mind 2014 will share the most up-to-date science and practice related to how adults can cultivate kindness, empathy, compassion and altruism in children and in themselves - in families and schools, during recreational activities, and throughout the community. Become part of the circle of educators, parents, thought leaders and community-based practitioners who care for and about children.
It has been one year since we lost our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Clyde Hertzman, who passed away suddenly in February 2013. On March 17th, 2013 Clyde's family, friends and colleagues gathered together for an afternoon of song and speaches at Clyde's celebration of life held at UBC's Chan Centre. The 2-hour video can now be viewed on-line.
"Canada’s future prosperity could be at stake if policies related to young children fail to catch up to the scientific evidence.That was a key takeaway from a special symposium held in Toronto last week that brought together world experts in the biology of child and brain development with those who specialize in the health and success of entire societies."
"The meeting helped to underscore how far molecular geneticists have come in revealing precisely how environmental influences, from toxic chemicals to economic stress, can affect the activity level of a young child’s DNA at precisely the moment when crucial genes related to brain development are in play. These epigenetic influences can leave a lasting mark throughout life, with the result that affected children are less likely to be able to meet the cognitive demands of school. The data suggest they also face reduced opportunities for a healthy and productive adulthood."
Read the Globe and Mail's full article
"We are not our genes. The choices we make, from breakfast to bedtime, reshape our gene expression, moulding us into the people we are. Living an active life of purposeful activity with social support, eating nutritiously and sleeping well in a safe place to call home can reduce our risk of a host of diseases."
"But more important than whether we make healthy choices is whether we can make them. Right now, many Canadians are struggling to make healthy choices for themselves and their families."
Read the full article from the Huffington Post
On January 30 the Human Early Learning Partnership hosted the preconference day of the 2014 Early Years Conference. Over 150 participants enjoyed a full day of discussion with HELP researchers on "How Experience Gets Under the Skin". Many of those who attended expressed a interest to have the presentation slides available on-line after the event. We hope these references will be helpful to practitioners wishing to spread the news about what they have learned at this very valuable event.
Join us for this one-hour webinar all about the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI); A survey that asks children (in Grade 4 and 7) to report on critical components of development that are strongly linked to their academic achievement, health and well-being throughout the school years and their success in later life. This webinar will give a brief overview of this survey tool with a focus on the assets we know make a difference in the lives of children. We will also discuss ways that schools, communities and governments can use MDI results to move toward actions that will help children to thrive at home, in their neighbourhoods and at school.
Presented by: Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl,the Principal Investigator of the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). An Applied Developmental Psychologist and Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at UBC, she has been conducting research in the area of the child and adolescent social and emotional development for over 20 years. Specifically, her work has been to identify the processes and mechanisms that foster positive development in children, such as empathy, optimism, and altruism.
On February 6, 2014, Dr. Tom Boyce (HELP affiliated scholar) and Marla Sokolowski contributed an article to Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper. "How childhood experience gets under the skin" echoes the concept of biological embedding, a term coined by the late Dr. Clyde Hertzman. In this piece, the writers relate how "neglect and abuse, disadvantages and stress early on can lead to overall poorer health, difficulty learning, and poor social functioning that can result in a lifetime of problems."
Read the full article