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HELP continues our tradition of hosting innovative, quality events that focus on research-to-practice perspectives with Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-being in the Middle Years.
This special, two day HELP event – hosted at the University of British Columbia August 20 & 21, 2018 – is designed to inspire, motivate and strengthen participant’s leadership skills by focusing on child well-being through a systems-thinking lens. We are excited to gather together leaders in the field of child well-being from across Canada including Dr. Jean Clinton, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behaviourals Neurosciences, McMaster University, Dr. Mark T. Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State, Dr. Michael Ungar, Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, and our own Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl.
Working together, participants and presenters will share research and practice, learn from each other, and generate new ideas. Join us to enhance your effectiveness as a champion for child well-being and to network with colleagues from across Canada.
Who should attend?
• Professionals and practitioners whose focus is in whole or part on middle childhood and who are dedicated to promoting child well-being;
• Researchers interested in child development, and social-emotional well-being in middle childhood;
• Those with some interest in and/or familiarity with the MDI who may have experience of working with MDI data; or who may have an intention to start using MDI Data in cross-sectoral local decision making.
• Those from various levels of government (municipalities, school boards, provincial ministries concerned with child well-being, etc.) to familiarize themselves with the national landscape of child well-being and current initiatives; and
• Those who come from locations implementing MDI in British Columbia, The Northwest Territories, and MDI National sites, as well as those who have advised us on the MDI National Scale-out Project 2015-2018.
We are working hard to confirm the event schedule. Information to date, including schedule overview, registration fees, registrationlink and location, can be found HERE.
The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC (AHSABC) and the Province of BC are working in partnership to create opportunities to GROW AHS in BC. The Indigenous Child Care Expansion is providing new funding to provide fully operational AHS child care services with wrap-around family support for:
a) Communities in BC with Aboriginal Head Start programming who wish to expand AHSUNC (off-reserve/urban) programs to include child care; and
b) Communities in BC with no existing Aboriginal Head Start programming who need childcare.
Funding for Growing AHS in BC is available to support Capital and Operating costs for the development and delivery of NEW licensed AHS Child Care Services in URBAN locations.
Interested Urban, Non-profit, Aboriginal Organizations must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) before April 30, 2018. Visit the AHSABC website to learn more and view the EOI and Principles and Guideline PDFs.
We are pleased to share that the UBC Learning Circle is live streaming our April 18th HELP Talks, Child-Wellbeing Through an Indigenous Lens. Co-hosted with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), this research gathering will explore the topic of Child Well-being from the perspective of both Indigenous and western ways of knowing. The morning will reflect a two-eyed seeing approach to child health research. We will offer you a rich opportunity to learn several ways of understanding how to improve children’s health in all BC communities.
Please visit the UBC Learning Circle website to learn more and register for the live streaming.
An invitation to participate in the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) project for the 2018/2019 school year has been sent to school districts across British Columbia. Have you ever wanted to participate? Now is your chance.
The MDI is a scientifically validated self-report survey that asks students in Grade 4 and 7 about their feelings and experiences inside and outside of school in areas related to social and emotional competence and development (e.g., happiness, optimism, empathy, self-regulation, worries, sadness), health (e.g., sleep, nutrition), after school activities, and school success (e.g., school climate, victimization, future aspirations, school motivation). The information gathered on the MDI corresponds to the latest research in the field of social and emotional learning (SEL) that supports the premise that children’s social and emotional competence not only predicts academic success in school but also predicts a range of important outcomes in late adolescence and adulthood, including physical health and overall well-being.
To date, more than half of all BC school districts have administered the MDI, with over 86,000 Grade 4 and 7 students participating since 2010. Many BC school districts implement the MDI over multiple years as a way to track the social and emotional well-being and health of their students over time.
New for the 2018/2019 School Year
We are very pleased to announce that the MDI will be administered in January - February 2019. Timing of the FSA and MDI last year made for a busy stretch for many of you, and we appreciated hearing your feedback on this. Based on our consultations with educators throughout the province, we believe this new timeframe will make it easier to administer the MDI to your students.
Middle childhood is a time of development and transition. Children’s positive experiences during the ages of 9 to 12 can build the foundation for social and emotional health and well-being in adolescence and into adulthood. By collecting and sharing rich data about this developmental period through the MDI, we believe we can make informed choices to ensure that all children have the opportunity to truly flourish and thrive.
For complete participation information, including price and administration information, please contact Marit Gilbert, MDI Implementation Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-827-5504. Marit would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Promoting Well-Being in Middle Childhood is an additional – and excellent – resource to help build an understanding of the MDI along with information on how to promote the well-being of children in middle childhood.
Are you ready to spark conversations and work to make change in your classroom, school, neighbourhood or community? Could you use a little help to kickstart this process? Join Tracy Smyth and Tammy Dewar, from Ready to Raise, and the MDI team for a live webinar on April 25th - 3:30 PM PDT - to learn more about our new, three part Making Change Workshop materials.
Produced by Tracy and Tammy in collaboration with HELP, the materials were created based on an appreciative approach to change. The webinar will provide an opportunity to walk through the three workshops as well as answer your questions about hosting engaging conversations and building action teams around MDI data.
Register today! This webinar is open to everyone, so please feel free to share the registration links and invite others in your school and community who also work to support well-being in the middle years.
Save the date! MDI webinars have also been planned for May and June. Please see titles, dates and registration details below. More information will be added as it is confirmed.
Data is Meant to Be Shared: 2017-2018 School District & Community Reports
May 23rd, 3:30 PM PDT
Register for the May webinar
Well-Being After School
June 12th, 3:30 PM PDT
Register for the June webinar
You can find all upcoming events as well as recordings of past webinars on the Discover MDI Events page.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Alison Gerlach, who is an Honorary Research Associate at HELP, will be joining the School of Child and Youth Care in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, beginning August 1st, 2018. In this position, Alison will continue to focus her scholarship and research on policy and practice interventions that address issues of social justice and health equity for families and young children in partnership with communities and early years programs. Alison will also provide leadership to the School’s early years specialization and supervision of graduate students.
HELP is seeking the following two positions:
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator – Posting #29254
HELP hosts and co-leads a number of interdisciplinary research initiatives that draw together experts from across the UBC Campus, the Centre for Brain Health, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, other academic institutions across Canada and internationally, and from professional and practitioner groups. The Strategic Initiatives Coordinator will provide overall coordination support in all aspects of these initiatives, coordinating both logistics and the content. The incumbent will provide administrative management support to the Deputy Director of HELP in establishing strong relationships and liaising with members and affiliates of the projects and HELP more generally.
Administrative Support Assistant – Posting #29291
This position provides confidential senior administrative support to the HELP’s Faculty, researchers, Senior Operations Manager and HR & Admin Manager. Major responsibilities include: coordinating meetings; responding to inquiries; liaising with building management and security; overseeing access to secured unit; coordinating all travel arrangements; providing administrative support to faculty and researchers; providing coordination support related to HELP conferences, symposiums and workshops; providing selected financial support, composing correspondence and announcements; managing, maintaining and ordering supplies for unit; general office maintenance; using and maintaining a variety of databases; acting as a reference person and first point of contact for HELP responding to inquiries and redirecting as appropriate.
For further information, please go to the UBC Job Careers page: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/staff.php
For mroe information information, including application process and posting closing dates, please visit the UBC Job Careers page.
From March 12-16, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will engage in an in-depth dialogue with leading scientists, humanities scholars, education researchers, and practitioners on the topic of education and how to best prepare young people for their roles in a rapidly-changing world. New models for integrating the teaching of compassion and ethics in schools will be explored, along with developing students’ social and emotional skills through focused attention and mindfulness training.
Sponsored by the Mind & Life Institute, the five-day event, entitled “Reimagining Human Flourishing,” will take place at the Tsuglagkhang, the main temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. More than 150 invited guests will be in attendance, with the proceedings livestreamed to a broad international audience.
Among the esteemed presenters at the event will be Richard Davidson, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Amishi Jha, Ph.D., Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the UMindfulness Initiative at the University of Miami; Patricia Jennings, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia; and Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D., a Buddhist monk at Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
We are pleased to share that Dr. Kimberley Schonert-Reichl will also be in attendance. Kim will be moderating Day One's session which focuses on Early Childhood Development and Social Emotional Learning. She will also present on Day Two, focusing on Social Emotional Learning and Education in the Classroom.
The 2018 Mind & Life Institute Dialogue in Dharamsala is being livestreamed. To view a complete schedule and the 2018 Dialogue livestream, visit www.mindandlife.org. Please note that proceedings begin on March 11 at 11:30 PM EDT.
Joanne Schroeder, Pippa Rowcliffe and the rest of the HELP team are excited to announce that the Growing Systems Leadership for Children Call for Expressions of Interest is open!
We are seeking 2 or 3 inter-sectoral groups in British Columbia who would like to be part of a ground breaking project to deepen leadership and collaboration towards improving the life chances of children in our province. These groups may be geographic or organizational “communities” who have a history of working together to create change.
It is the premise of this project that improving outcomes for children and their families hinges initially on the emergence of effective systems leadership, at many levels, and across child-serving systems.
An intensive, first of its kind, training opportunity for inter-sectoral groups working on improving outcomes for young children. The training aims to strengthen capacity in compassionate leadership and systems thinking. Participants will be better prepared to work together towards change, as well as gaining a deeper sense of personal meaning in their work.
The path to healthy development for children in Canadian society is becoming increasingly complicated, and there are reasons to be concerned. For too many of our children, the path to a healthy adulthood has become broken. The systems we have designed to support Canadian children and families are simply not doing an effective job and in many communities our young people are in crisis.
There is not at present an integrated system for children, nor are there mechanisms that effectively bridge the distinct systems that serve children and families. Our challenge is to create a system that reflects children’s developmental needs and provides seamless care from birth to school entry by weaving existing systems together more effectively.
The training approach draws on the belief that effective leadership requires shifts in how each individual leader, thinks, feels and behaves. It draws from a foundation of building skills in complex systems thinking and in enhancing the social and emotional learning of individuals. It aims to build compassionate leaders who can think and act systemically and who have a collective commitment to change. It is an applied, learner focused, approach that builds on a continuous cycle of acquiring skills and knowledge, practicing those skills and reflecting on their impact.
Complete information, Including overview, program commitment, assessment overview and full application requirements can be found here. All applications must be submitted by April 13, 2018, at 4:00pm. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Joanne Schroeder.
Live 5-2-1-0 is seeking a part-time Research Assistant.
Live 5-2-1-0 is an evidence-based message promoting four simple guidelines for raising healthy children. Through the Live 5-2-1-0 message, Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention through Community Engagement - SCOPE - is supporting communities as they take action across all sectors to build healthy environments for children.
This Research Assistant position will provide project coordination and research support to the SCOPE team and will coordinate all activities related to a new school-based research evaluation project. SCOPE is a community-based participatory childhood obesity prevention project that is currently active in multiple communities in BC, and in the process of expanding impact evaluation tools and approaches available for use by communities. SCOPE aims to engage multiple sectors, involve local stakeholders, empower communities to promote their own health, and ensure sustainability by improving skills and knowledge and facilitating community ownership of solutions to the problem of childhood obesity. This research assistant position will be supporting the development and testing of a new school-based behavior measurement tool in partnership with school districts, communities, and partner organizations. Applicants must have experience coordinating and conducting classroom-based research with children in elementary schools, including development of ethics applications through to data collection and analysis.
For more information and submission instructions, please visit UBC Careers. The Job ID is 29002.