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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.
Did you miss the May 18th MDI Results Release Webinar? It has been posted to HELP’s YouTube channel. Learn more about the MDI, middle childhood well-being and seven key highlights from the latest MDI data.
HELP is embarking on a redesign of our interactive EDI maps in anticipation of the Wave 6 EDI Results release in September 2016.We want to hear from you about your thoughts and experiences related to your use of these interactive maps. Your feedback is important in our efforts to improve their accessibility, usability and relevance. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for contributing to the development of our Wave 6 resources and tools.
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is pleased to announce that our May HELP Talks will focus on Knowledge Translation. Please join us on Tuesday,May 24th (9:00am-12:00pm) for a series of presentations outlining examples of KT practice but also foundational topics that lie at the heart of effective knowledge translation. Please click here to view the full agenda below. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
HELP is seeking a Data Programmer who will be responsible for developing, designing, and maintaining databases, and developing code for cleaning and aggregating data from an online e-system for community based reports. The incumbent will be responsible for designing, testing, implementing and providing advice on database applications as well as coordinating security measures to safeguard the databases, and troubleshooting problems.
HELP is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network that contributes to new knowledge in early child development and enhances the quality of children’s early and middle years. Working at HELP will provide the incumbent with a chance to work for the “good” of the community, a different pace compared to the industrial sector and freedom to share and implement ideas. For further information, please go to the UBC Job Careers.
We are excited to announce that MDI School District and Community Reports for 2015/2016 are now available online. Please visit the MDI School District & Community Reports page to view reports from those BC school districts that have participated in this year’s project as well as in the past.
In addition, we have updated A Guide to Understanding Your MDI Results. This MDI companion resource was developed to support the interpretation and application of MDI results for schools and communities. The Guide provides an opportunity for users to explore the dimensions of the MDI – their importance in child development and how they are measured with the MDI - in an in-depth way. We encourage you to refer to the guide it as you explore your reports. Slide decks outlining key highlights from district/community results in an easy-to-present format will be available by the end of May.
The MDI team would like to extend its warmest appreciation to the students, teachers, and administrators who made this project possible. Thank you for your participation.
TDI Research Project Coordinator (Job Posting #23397)
HELP is seeking a TDI Research Project Coordinator who will coordinate key project deliverables for two population health research projects: the Early Child Experiences Program of Research and the Human Development Program of Research. The incumbent will coordinate tasks related to the validation and implementation of standardized newly developed parent survey —the Toddler Development Instrument (TDI)—for assessing child development, early experiences, and social context factors at a population level. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating effective use of the TDI across multiple pilot sites, building and maintaining relationships and liaising with public health nurses, early childhood education and care professionals, and community contacts, to coordinate and train users.
EDI/MDI School Liaison (Job Posting #23343)
HELP is seeking a EDI/MDI School Liaison (Leave Replacement) who will coordinate key project deliverables for two population health research projects: the Early Child Development Program of Research and the Middle Childhood Development Program of Research This position will provide advice and direction and be the liaison between HELP and school districts and schools overseeing the data collection for two standardized research tools for assessing child development at a population level over time: the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) within British Columbia school districts. The incumbent will be responsible for effective liaison with districts, schools, and teachers across the entire province, inviting participation in the studies, ensuring research agreements are in place before data collection, providing direction for the e-system tool, and ensuring all databases and web information is maintained.
For further information, please visit the UBC Job Careers page.
HELP’s April 2016 Child Development citation list is now available. The citation list includes Child Development academic research publications for April and pre-prints for May and beyond.
This month’s citation list includes four Middle Years focused publications – just in time for our MDI in May spotlight. Learn more about parent-child relationships and positive mental wellbeing, links between friends’ physical aggression and adolescents’ physical aggression and school start times, sleep, behavioral, health, and academic outcomes.
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 April PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”.