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It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of a new online tool that will support schools and communities to explore and use their data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). We're calling it “Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood.”
The MDI obtains information about the psychological and social worlds of children during middle childhood inside and outside of school from the children themselves; allowing children’s voices to be heard and valued. It gives us insight into areas that have great significance in children’s lives, but which are not typically evaluated by other assessment tools. Yet, simply collecting these data is not enough. My goal for the MDI has always been that the data garnered from it be actionable and hence support positive change for our children in their schools, homes and communities. Over the past five years we have been working collaboratively with educators and community partners to develop this innovative resource that will provide the tools to make it relatively easy for people to use their MDI results and make positive change for children. The culmination of this work is the MDI Field Guide.
We understand that enacting change in our schools and communities can be complex. The Field Guide features shareable, plain-language walkthroughs of key MDI concepts, tools and tips for presenting your data, and recommendations for using the MDI to initiate change in your schools and communities. It’s aimed at a diverse set of users: those new to the MDI and those who want to deepen their work with their MDI data.
We also know that “it takes a village to raise a child” so it is best not to attempt change on your own. That’s why the MDI Field Guide has been designed to be a collaborative space where users can ask questions, submit their ideas, and share their stories with others who are using MDI data and concepts in their work in BC and across Canada. Children have shared their experiences, feelings and wishes with us. It is now up to us to listen and initiate positive action within schools, organizations and communities.
I would like to extend my warmest appreciation to the students, teachers and administrators who have made the MDI possible. MDI research is made possible with funding from the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) and school districts and communities across BC. Thank you for your support and collaboration on this project.
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl
Director, HELP and Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, UBC
When: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to noon
Location: Hertzman Boardroom, HELP Office, SPPH
Please join Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Professor, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Faculty of Education, and Director, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) as she leads a discussion about the Heart Mind Index.
Developed by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, together with UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), the Heart-Mind Index provides a population-level snapshot of Heart-Mind well-being of children in British Columbia communities. The Heart-Mind Index draws on the work HELP has led for the last 14 years with the Early Development Instrument (EDI)—a population-level developmental survey that is used with kindergarten children in British Columbia every year. The Index analyzes EDI data in a new way to provide deeper and more specific indications of social and emotional development.
Co presenters include Dr. Alisa Almas, Maria LeRose and Fiona Douglas-Crampton, CEO & President of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.
A complete agenda is included below. Please RSVP to email@example.com
9:30 – 10:00 am: Introduction
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Professor, Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health, UBC and Fiona Douglas-Crampton, CEO and President of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education
10:00 – 10:45 am: Heart-Mind Index
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and Maria LeRose
10:45 – 11:00 am: Break
11:00 – 11:45 am: The HMI Validity Study
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Alisa Almas, HELP Research Associate, and Jenna Whitehead, PhD Candidate
11:45 – 12:00 pm: Questions and Wrap-Up
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) and BC Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael S. Kobor has been appointed as the Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development. Dr. Kobor is a world-leading expert in the field of social epigenetics, researching how diverse early life experiences affect human development and influence children’s health, learning and behavior.
Dr. Kobor’s chair will be co-located at the HELP, School of Population and Public Health at UBC, and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children at BC Children’s Hospital. Building on the work of Drs. Clyde Hertzman and Thomas Boyce, Dr. Kobor’s research program will expand our understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which biological embedding occurs – how experience gets “under the skin” to influence lifelong health and wellbeing. Combining the individual strengths of HELP, Sunny Hill and BC Children’s, Dr. Kobor’s vision is to create “child-sized made in BC solutions with global impact”.
Dr. Kobor and his team will map the biological trajectories of healthy child development across the population at the molecular level. This will serve as the basis to understand the distinct trajectories of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Furthermore, the molecular child development map will provide a unique knowledge base for evidenced-based interventions. Together, these three arms of the research program will serve as the cornerstones of an interdisciplinary training and mentorship program in child development.
Dr. Kobor’s research at HELP and BC Children’s offers the unique opportunity to advance our understanding of the biological underpinnings of child development by combining the extensive clinical research capability at BC Children’s and the extensive child population health data at HELP. This work is integral to the foundations of the research conducted at HELP, connecting our population level research to the biology of early child development and furthering our understanding of the social epigenetics. HELP is contributing to new understandings and approaches to early child development across the early life course using a bio-ecological approach that focuses attention on the family, neighbourhood, social, economic and policy factors that might explain differences.
Dr. Kobor’s Leadership Chair research program will be overseen by a Steering Group with representatives from HELP, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, the UBC School of Population and Public Health, and the UBC Department of Pediatrics.
The Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development is made possible thanks to the generous funding from the Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) with contributions from BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Lawson Foundation, Donald Rix Foundation and the Koerner Foundation.
Dr. Michael S. Kobor Background:
Dr. Michael S. Kobor is a Professor of Medical Genetics at UBC and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics. A Senior Scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT), Dr. Kobor serves as Theme Lead for Healthy Starts at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kobor is an Investigator with the Kids Brain Health Network NCE, a co-lead of the Gene X Environment Platform of the AllerGen NCE, and a Senior Fellow in the Child and Brain Development Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
LEEF Chair Background:
The Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF), which is managed by the BC Innovation Council on behalf of the Government of British Columbia, was established to attract world-class researchers to B.C., promote economic growth and job creation, strengthen the province’s position as a centre of excellence in research, and promote the unique roles that B.C. universities and colleges play in innovation in B.C.
The Government of British Columbia launched the Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) in April 2002 to encourage social and economic development in BC. Using a cost-sharing partnership with the private sector, LEEF helped to establish 20 permanent Leadership Research Chairs at public, post-secondary institutions across the province in the areas of medical, social, environmental and technological research. The Fund also established 9 Regional Innovation Chairs to create opportunities in communities through BC's colleges, universities and institutes.
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Handbook of mindfulness in education. Integrating theory and research into practice: Schonert-Reichl KA, Roeser RW (editors). New York, NY: Springer; 2016.
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Let them eat dirt: saving our children from an oversanitized world: Finlay BB, Arrieta M-C. Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books; 2016.
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The webcast recording for the 2016 HELP Fall Expo, held on October 19th, 2016 at UBC Robson Square, is now available.
This year’s Expo focused on EDI Wave 6 results. The webcast features an overview of the data highlights presented by HELP Deputy Director Pippa Rowcliffe as well as presentations by HELP Faculty including Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Mike Kobor. Visit www.edibc2016.ca to explore some of the stories presented at the Fall Expo in greater depth.
Please note that the recording is over three hours long. As a result, it will take some time to download from the HELP YouTube channel.
HELP’s November 2016 Child Development citation list is now available. The citation list includes academic research publications for August and pre-prints for September and beyond.
This month’s list includes new topic headers including Social Determinants, Social and Emotional Learning and Interventions.
In addition to these changes, we are making some exciting updates to the monthly CD Citation List and our Library web pages as a whole. Watch for an announcement in December.
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 lists (from as far back as June 2011). The November PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”.
Thank you for your participation in this year’s Fall Research Expo. We are pleased to provide you with a PDF version of the slides presented by Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Mike Kobor during the morning keynote session. Please download the presentation here.
We continue to work on the webinar recording. I apologize for the delay in posting this but we are trying to fix a sound issue. I will share the link once it is posted.
Thank you to all who continue to make this event such a great success.
Our EDI BC Provincial Report is now online!
The EDI BC: 2016 Provincial Report provides a comprehensive overview of the provincial trends that are emerging from over 10 years of data collection and analysis. This interactive report provides an overview of the EDI as well as easy access to five waves of data for each of the EDI scales and newly published EDI subscales data. The online report also offers a link to a comprehensive print version, complete with School District data and maps. We hope you will use this report as a valuable resource in guiding policy and program decisions.
In addition to the provincial report, we are excited to announce that Wave 6 Community Profiles are also online.
EDI Community Profiles are comprehensive reports available for all of BC's 59 School Districts. Each community profile explores and synthesizes EDI data aggregated for the School District and its associated neighbourhoods. The Community Profile report includes multiple years of EDI data, from Wave 2 (2004-2007) to Wave 6 (2013-2016), and spatially maps EDI data at a neighbourhood-level. Community Profiles also provide information on provincial-level results that are intended to help communities situate themselves in the broader provincial context. This year’s reports also include Neighbourhood Profiles and School District Maps for all five scales of the EDI.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the HELP Implementation Team – firstname.lastname@example.org – if you have any questions or concerns about the reports and results.
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is pleased to announce our November HELP Talks will take place on Tuesday, November 15th (9:30am-12:00pm) in the Clyde Hertzman Boardroom. Please join us for a series of presentations led by Dr. Eva Oberle, Dr. Marlene Moretti and Dr. Mariana Brussoni entitled Building Resilience in Children and Youth: Attachment, Play and the Importance of Taking Risks. A detailed agenda is included below. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Clyde Hertzman Boardroom, 4th Floor
HELP Office, SPPH Bldg 2206 East Mall
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
If you plan to attend, please send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:30 – 10:00 am: Introduction: Fostering Resilience in Children
Dr. Eva Oberle, Assistant Professor, HELP, SPPH, UBC
A brief intro introduction to resilience; the role of attachment and other developmental systems connected with resilience; and the connection between attachment and risk play as a central factor that promotes “safe” risk0taking and responsible decision making.
10:00 – 10:45 am: Reducing Risk - Promoting Resilience: An Attachment Based Intervention for Caregivers of At-Risk Youth
Dr. Marlene Moretti, Professor, Psychology, SFU and Canada Research Chair in Youth Clinic Psychological Science
An overview of attachment and teen mental health; interventions for families to promote teen mental health; discussion of work with Aboriginal communities, foster families, and “at-risk” teens; translation of research into practice in BC
10:45 – 11:00 am: Break
11:00 – 11:45 am: Rethinking risk: The importance of risky play for children
Dr. Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor, SPPH, UBC and lead of the CHILDS Play Research and the Injury Research programs
Many of us have memories of childhoods spent outdoors and away from watchful adults. The childhood of today looks very different, with more time spent indoors, supervised, in structured activities, and in front of screens; and with little allowance for outdoor play time and risk taking. This presentation will explore the pressures limiting children's outdoor play time, the research examining the influence of risky play on children's health and development, and strategies to restore balance.
11:45 – 12:00 pm: Questions and Wrap-Up
Those who work with the EDI know that it measures five different aspects of children’s development. Perhaps less well known is that four of the five EDI scales can be divided into subscales – with 15 EDI subscales in total. In 2016/2017 HELP will publish – for the first time - EDI subscale data for the province, school districts and neighbourhoods. Designed for those who could not attend the Fall Expo Subscales Workshop, this webinar will allow participants the opportunity to build on their work with the EDI by focusing on the subscales. It will help participants increase their knowledge of the developmental areas measured by subscales, how they are scored and their relationship to vulnerability rates at the scale level. Participants will explore approaches to interpreting and comparing local and regional subscale data and learn techniques for working with these data in their community settings.
Date: Tuesday, November 22rd