Public Education in a Changing World:
Schools as centres of mental health and wellness
Mental health is one of the biggest challenges principals identify in their schools. In this session, panelists will outline practical strategies to manage stress for students and staff, and build a whole school well-being action plan.
Jacquie Brown is an international Implementation Consultant. She is the Executive Director of Families Foundation, Implementation Lead-School Mental Health Ontario and Co-Director for the Child and Family Evidence-based Practice Consortium. In her work Jacquie brings expertise in the application of implementation science to systems, communities and organisations through a perspective informed by many years of management in community-based services. She is committed to bringing implementation science into practice.
As an implementation practitioner Jacquie is involved in the implementation of EBPs and best practices in the education sector, health care sector, and community-based services sector and the implementation of Triple P – Positive Parenting Program in Europe, Australia and sub Saharan Africa.
Anne works with families, educators and youth, coaching and facilitating ways to recognize, reduce and develop strategies for managing the stressors in their lives. She has been instrumental since 1999 in the development of the Kids Have Stress Too! Program initiated by the Psychology Foundation of Canada from Preschool to Grade 12. She is currently the Lead Trainer providing training, program development and building partnerships, with a focus to reduce stress in our children and youth.
André makes research fun and exciting through creating knowledge and awareness-building tools including infographics, fact sheets, videos, podcasts, and marketing campaigns that advance evidence-informed and anecdotal good practices in Canadian K-12 public education. He collaborates with parents, educators, and researchers to breakdown complex information so that it can be easily understood and generate concrete impact. André and his team are currently mobilizing knowledge on workplace well-being in K-12 education as part of the EdCan Network’s ‘Well at Work’ initiative.
Sarah leads the planning, communications, coordination, and conducting of research and knowledge mobilization outputs as a Research Analyst at EdCan. Her research interests broadly include social emotional development of children, program evaluation and, in particular, analyzing school-based supports that promote positive mental health in both children and educators.
I am Patricia Gough, determined to help coach educators to empower students by integrating the arts and tools that create lifelong wellness habits. After years in education as a teacher, consultant, Vice-Principal and Principal, I left traditional schooling to research and design digital programs that shine a light on: bureaucracies that block well-being; stale teaching methods that promote stuckness; and top down learning initiatives that only look good on paper. Schools of the future require collaborative professionalism with opportunities to lead from the middle. My intention is to transform fixed mind sets to growth mind sets, providing school communities with wellness for all strategies for everyone! I invite you to join this life-changing, long overdue, movement! Join me in promoting Wellness for All Learning Systems!