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Webinar series: Lessons on advancing wellbeing in schools, social labs, and systems change

In our first year in BC, we harvested some important lessons, and fostered partnerships with some inspiring leaders in the field. Advancing wellbeing in schools is a complex process that involves engaging students, parents, educators, administrators, and diverse community partners together in defining a better future for schools’ culture, policy, and practice. With the aim of sharing this collective wisdom, we’re very excited to partner with some of our friends on the following webinars, each aimed at shedding some light on key considerations in educational and other change processes. Just click on the webinar title to register.

Social Labs 201:The messiness of labs and how to deal
Co-presenter: Jerry Koh (MaRS Solutions Lab)
Date: April 13, 2017 @ 11am PST/2pm EST (1 hour)
Over the past few years, interest in the social labs model as a way to address complex social challenges has grown significantly. Drawing on experience in applying this model to WellAhead and other issues, this webinar will explore the pitfalls and challenges of the lab approach, mistakes to avoid, and common success factors. Participants will be invited to contribute to the discussion and build upon the knowledge being shared.

Leadership for wellbeing in schools
Co-presenter: Dr. Kathy Short (School Mental Health ASSIST)
Date: April 19 @ 11am PST/2pm EST (1 hour)
So many well-being initiatives in schools come and go, without the chance to ‘stick’ and reach more students, classrooms, and schools. Drawing on research evidence, and experience with implementation related to Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, this webinar will offer insights on how to best optimize leadership in change processes in order to promote positive impacts on student wellbeing that can be sustained over time.

Educator engagement for practice change
Co-presenter: Linda Kaser, Judy Halbert (Networks of Inquiry and Innovation)
Date: May 18, 2017 @ 12pm PST/3pm EST (1 hour)
WellAhead’s experience in Year 1 validated the importance of educator autonomy, and the role of peer educators in influencing changes to practice. Drawing on academic and professional wisdom, this webinar will explore how to best engage with educators in change processes.

Communicating the importance of social and emotional wellbeing in schools
Date: May 31, 2017 @ 11am PST/2pm EST (1 hour)
Co-presenter: Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl (UBC, Human Early Learning Partnership)
Often, we assume that those we’re speaking to share our belief in wellbeing as a key role for schools, and are equipped with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to spread this message in their communities. This webinar will speak to the latest evidence on the value and importance of focusing on social and emotional wellbeing in schools, as well as share tools and strategies for how to best communicate this information in your school community.