In Year 1, WellAhead focused its efforts in British Columbia, where we supported 6 pilot school districts through a process based on a social innovation lab framework. The focus was on collectively brainstorming and then testing out “everyday practices” – sustainable, scalable approaches to advancing social and emotional wellbeing that are easily embedded into the school routine and don’t require significant resources or training.
We hypothesized that by demonstrating that schools and teachers could easily – through their
everyday work – impact student wellbeing, that districts would find it more feasible and reasonable to prioritize social and emotional wellbeing as a key role for its schools. In that sense, the everyday practices were meant as a gateway to broader change at the school and district level.
For more information on our work with pilot districts in BC, read our Year 1 report.
Each school district brought together a range of stakeholders (educators, administrators, students, parents, and community partners) involved in promoting students’ social and emotional wellbeing, as a way to help catalyze positive long-term change. Co-design was meant to surface the wide array of knowledge, lived experiences, and creativity of communities.
A low-risk way of testing and improving ideas through rapid iteration. Educators implemented the everyday practices in their
own way, reflecting on essential elements, ways to share them with others, and how to integrate them into their work.
The following everyday practices were prototyped in Year 1: