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Subscales Webinar now online!

Getting started with your Community Subscales Data, the October 11th webinar is now online. Hosted by HELP Research Associate, Dr. Barry Forer, and including insights from Emilia Walton, HELP’s Graphic & Information Design Lead and who had a key role in the development of the Subscales reports, and Susan Foster, Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Community Development Co-ordinator, Ministry of Children and Family Development, this recording offers a an opportunity to build your understanding of EDI subscales: what they measure, how they relate to EDI scales and contribute to vulnerability rates, and how to make useful comparisons. View it here.


EDI Subscales Community Profiles

In late September we released EDI Subscales Community Profiles. These reports explore EDI subscale-level data aggregated for each of BC’s school districts and their associated neighbourhoods for Waves 2 through 6. These reports have been carefully developed in response to many conversations with, and requests from, HELP’s partners and collaborators across the province.

Subscale data provide a deeper insight into EDI scale level information. While EDI scales allow us to assess trends and patterns in children’s vulnerability rates in each developmental domain, subscale data allow us to refine our understanding of these outcomes by providing information on more specific areas of development and how these are contributing to vulnerability on each of the EDI scales - district by district and neighbourhood by neighbourhood, and over time.

It is easy to think that working with more fine-grained data will answer the many questions we continue to ask ourselves about how to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families. These data help us to understand more specific aspects of children’s development, but when we think about interventions we need to remember that all aspects of development are interconnected: our actions need to reflect the whole ...

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EDI Subscales Reports are online!

We pleased to share that EDI Subscales Community Profiles for all BC school districts are now online. Subscales Community Profiles explore and synthesize EDI subscale-level data aggregated for a district and its associated neighbourhoods. While scale-level data allow us to assess trends and patterns in children’s vulnerability rates, subscale data allow us to refine our understanding of these population-level outcomes by providing information on the specific areas of development that are contributing to scale-level vulnerability.

EDI subscale data are complex – and different from EDI vulnerability rates. These data may raise new questions, insights and considerations about childhood development and vulnerability in your region or community.  Please join us on October 11th (3:30-4:30pm) for 'Getting started with your Community Subscales Data,’ a webinar hosted by HELP Research Associate, Dr. Barry Forer, and the HELP team. This is an opportunity to build your understanding of EDI subscales: what they measure, how they relate to EDI scales and contribute to vulnerability rates, and how to make useful comparisons. Participants will also explore approaches to interpreting and comparing local and regional subscale data, with recommendations for incorporating subscale data into community discussions. Register Today!


EDI Subscales Webinar

In September 2017, HELP will be releasing new EDI subscale reports for all BC school districts. EDI subscale data are complex – and different from EDI vulnerability rates. These data may raise new questions, insights and considerations about childhood development and vulnerability in your region or community. To help address emerging questions we will be creating ongoing opportunities, both in person and online, to provide guidance and support for interpreting district and neighbourhood subscale data.

In the fall we’re supporting the launch of the reports with a public webinar, 'Getting started with your Community Subscales Data’, on October 11 from 3:30-4:30pm, hosted by HELP Research Associate, Dr. Barry Forer, and the HELP team. This is an opportunity to build your understanding of EDI subscales: what they measure, how they relate to EDI scales and contribute to vulnerability rates, how to make useful comparisons. Participants will also explore approaches to interpreting and comparing local and regional subscale data, with recommendations for incorporating subscale data into community discussions.

We encourage participation from those who work EDI data in BC and who are planning to use subscale data to deepen their understanding and expand dialogue on early childhood vulnerability in communities ...


Register Today! Fall Expo 2017: Building Connected Communities in B.C.

Registration is now open for Fall Expo 2017. 

Please join us on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at UBC Robson Square. Our annual Fall Research Expo is an opportunity for HELP faculty and staff, friends, partners and collaborators from across the province to connect, network and explore new research and practice in children’s health.

This year’s theme, ‘Building Connected Communities,’ will focus on innovative research and interactive practices that draw on systems-level approaches to promote equity in children’s health outcomes within the context of BC.

We have more than fifteen years of EDI data that indicate persistent differences in young children's development across BC communities, which can have lifelong impacts on their health and well-being. What factors contribute to these vastly different circumstances and environments in which children grow and develop? We know there are a mix of biological and social factors, important individual child, and family factors, and diverse service/program interventions that contribute to differences in children's health and development. Yet, at this juncture we know relatively little about the types of actions and contexts at a community-level that could also be making a difference.

This year’s Expo will explore issues and questions ...

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HELP Talks Sustaining and Evaluating Social and Emotional Learning Interventions: The New Frontier with Mark T. Greenberg

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is pleased to announce our next HELP Talks will take place on Wednesday, September 13th (9:30am-12:00pm) in the Michael Smith Laboratories Theatre (Room 102). Please join us as we welcome Dr. Mark T. Greenberg and a panel of distinguished guests for a morning of presentations focused on Sustaining and Evaluating Social and Emotional Learning Interventions. 

A detailed agenda is included below. Please RSVP to earlylearning@ubc.ca if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Michael Smith Laboratories Theatre (Room 102)
2185 East Mall
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

 

AGENDA

9:30 – 10:00 am: Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director, HELP

10:00 – 10:45 am: The Future of Children: Presentation and Panel Response
Dr. Mark T Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State.
Panel Discussion and Response

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 – 11:45 am: Social and Emotional Learning Interventions: Concepts and Methodologies
Dr. Mark T Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State.

11:45 – 12:00 pm ...

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Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood

Earlier this year HELP launched Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood, an online tool that supports schools and communities to explore and use their data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). 

The Field Guide features shareable resources for key MDI concepts and research related to healthy middle childhood development, tools and tips for presenting your MDI data, and recommendations for using the MDI to initiate conversations and 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. It is 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.

Collaboration is a key theme for Discover MDI. This fall, in an effort to foster and deepen collaboration, we are formalizing opportunities for MDI participants to share experiences and learnings and engage in in depth learning on topics from social and emotional learning to working with kids and MDI data in the classroom. This is an exciting initiative and we look forward ...

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HELP is Hiring! Knowledge Translation Coordinator to support Dr. Michael Kobor

HELP is seeking a Knowledge Translation Coordinator to support several research projects led by Dr. Michael Kobor.  The incumbent will contribute to three ongoing and connected cohort studies broadly aimed at understanding how early life experiences get “under the skin” to affect health and behavior across the lifespan. This position will report to the Kobor Lab Research Manager and will have close working relationships with faculty and staff attached to a number of Social Epigenetics research projects, based at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute; as well working closely with HELP’s Knowledge Translation Team and Faculty as appropriate. For further information, please visit UBC Job Careers.

This is one of those very special job postings. Don’t miss your opportunity. Applications close August 8th, 2017. 


Joanne Schroeder awarded a Max Bell Foundation Policy Fellowship

HELP is excited to announce that Joanne Schroeder, currently the Executive Director of the Comox Valley Child Development Association, has been awarded a Max Bell Foundation Policy Fellowship. She will be hosted by HELP in this role. The position will be effective in September and last for two years.

The Fellowship project will develop a framework for strengthening leadership in BC’s child-serving systems (health, education and child development). Over the next two years Joanne will develop a toolkit of best practices and then work with two or three communities to prototype, or try out, these tools in the real world through a training, coaching and mentoring process. By the end of the project the intention is to establish some infrastructure (based at HELP) that will allow the capacity building work to continue long term.

This work intersects beautifully with the community collaboration and networking research that is currently being led by Dr. Brenda Poon at HELP: this will act as a foundation for adaptive learning and understanding best practices throughout the project.

Welcome back Joanne.


Job Opportunity with Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is seeking a Communications Coordinator.

The Communicatiosn Coordinator will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education's communications, social media and marketing activities of the Center. The Communications Coordinator will ensure brand consistency across all platforms, and will be responsible for the organizations communications strategy. This is an exciting and comprehensive position with the opportunity to play an integral role in the evolution of the Dalai Lama Center, and the promotion of Heart-Mind well-being in the province and beyond.

Please view the posting to learn more.


Programs that teach emotional intelligence in schools have lasting impact

Social and emotional learning programs for youth not only immediately improve mental health, social skills, and learning outcomes but also continue to benefit children years later, according to new research from UBC, University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University.

“Social-emotional learning programs teach the skills that children need to succeed and thrive in life,” said Eva Oberle, an assistant professor at UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership in the school of population and public health. “We know these programs have an immediate positive effect so this study wanted to assess whether the skills stuck with students over time, making social-emotional learning programs a worthwhile investment of time and financial resources in schools.”

Social-emotional learning teaches children to recognize and understand their emotions, feel empathy, make decisions and build and maintain relationships. Previous research has shown that incorporating these programs into the classroom improves learning outcomes and reduces anxiety and behavioural problems among students. Some schools have incorporated social-emotional learning programs – like MindUP and Roots of Empathy – into classrooms while other school systems, including the new B.C. curriculum, embrace it more systemically.

The new study analyzed results from 82 different programs involving more than 97,000 students from kindergarten ...

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HELP is Hiring! CHEQ/EDI Coordinator

HELP is seeking a CHEQ/EDI Coordinator who will coordinate key project deliverables of the Early Child Development Program of Research in specific relation to the Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ) and the Early Development Instrument (EDI).  The incumbent provides coordination and support for tasks related to implementation of the CHEQ and EDI such as: coordinating research and information sharing agreements; monitoring budgetary costs; participating in data collection; liaising with school districts, teachers and school personnel; participating in training webinars; monitoring electronic data collections systems; assisting with knowledge dissemination activities etc. For further information, please visit the UBC Job Careers page.


Welcome Alison Gerlach, HELP Honorary Research Associate

HELP is excited to announce Dr. Alison Gerlach as our newest Honorary Research Associate, effective July 1st.

For the past 20 years, Alison has worked in partnership with Indigenous communities, organizations and colleagues as a community occupational therapist and later a researcher on early childhood and child health policy and practices interventions related to Indigenous children’s health equity. Alison completed her PhD at UBC and her dissertation was a critical examination of how Aboriginal Infant Development Programs in BC foster family well-being and child health equity. Alison has also recently partnered with the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC on a study funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada looking at family engagement, and is currently partnering with a non-profit organization on the Downtown Eastside on a community engagement project focused on play.

Alison was recently awarded a prestigious CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. During her tenure as an Honorary Research Associate with HELP, Alison will work with Dr. Margo Greenwood at the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, at the University of Northern British Columbia. This work will focus on generating Indigenous perspectives on early intervention therapy and their implications for how these services can be organized and ...

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HELP Reads May 2017

The May edition of HELP Reads is now online. HELP’s Human Development Research Review - also known as HELP Reads - aims to expand awareness of topics in human development, particularly social epigenetics, social determinants of health, socio-emotional learning, Aboriginal children and youth, and family policy. HELP Reads connects health academics, advocates, and professionals with online and publicly available research, news, and information. This review focuses on listing articles relevant to human development research activities at HELP.

In addition to HELP Reads, HELP's Annual Research Catalogue for 2016/2017 is also available. Our Annual Research Catalogue highlights scholarly activities and achievements 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.

These are just two of many publications and resources HELP produces. All are designed to provide you with the most up to date information related to HELP’s research as well as key child development research. Visit our Library and Resources page to learn more. 


Webinar recording now available

The In Virtual Conversation with Kim Schonert-Reichl & Greg Smyth webinar recording has been posted to HELP’s YouTube Channel.

Listen as Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and School District 70/ (Alberni) Superintendent Greg Smyth explore trends in children's health, well-being and social emotional development, as well as share stories and resources to support school districts and communities working towards promoting positive assets and well-being for children.

We have also posted Greg Smyth’s presentation as its own clip. He shares valuable insight about his district’s approach to well-being, including Alberni's well-being journey and the role the MDI has played in this journey. His is a must listen. 


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