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Social and Emotional Learning and the Early Years: Presentations and Discussion

On February 28th the Vancouver Early Years Partnership (VEYP), in collaboration with Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), hosted an evening of presentations and discussion focusing on Social and Emotional Learning and the Early Years. Thank you to all who attended. We hope you found it as informative and inspiring as we did.

As noted at the event, presenters are happy to share their slides and notes. We continue to gather the PowerPoint presentations and resources presented, posting them as we can. Please check back regularly.

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl
A New Kind of Fitness: Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Competence - Recent Research and Practical Strategies

Dr. Alisa Almas
Experiences Matter: The Childhood Experiences Questionnaire as a Tool for Supporting Families in the Early Years - PDF

Expert Panel
Estelle Paget, Executive Director, KidCareCanada Society
Danielle Hollander, Manager, Professional Practice and Engagement, VSOCC - PDF
Fiona Douglas-Crampton, President and CEO, The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education - PDF and What Colour Heart Do You Use?
Maureen Dockendorf, BC Ministry of Education (No presentation slides.)


Thank You

On behalf of everyone at HELP, Thank You to all of the teachers, students, school administrators, school district staff, parents, and community early and middle years representatives for your time and dedication to both the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) during the 2018/2019 administration and collection.

Early Development Instrument 
This is the final year of Wave 7 for the EDI and we are excited for the fall and the release of EDI Community Profiles, EDI Subscales Community Profiles and our Wave 7 Provincial Report. Please watch HELP’s social media channels for information about report releases and associated events.

To date we have collected EDI results for over 13,000 children in BC, with an estimated 15,000 expected once administration closes in March. With your contribution we are learning more about how our children are doing so we can support efforts to improve the health and well-being of ALL children in BC.

We would like to take a moment to personally thank our EDI trainers who have worked so closely with us. Your role in our Network has been an important part of our success. Thank you for all that you have done ...

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Remembering Clyde Hertzman

"A passionate visionary, esteemed researcher and early child advocate, Clyde inspired every one of us."

And he continues to do so. Please take a moment today and join us as we remember our dear friend, mentor and colleague, Dr. Clyde Hertzman.


HELP Talks: A Fresh Look at the “New” Science of Child Development: Recent Findings from Two Quebec Cohorts

Please join us Wednesday, January 30th (9:30am – 12:00pm) for HELP Talks: A Fresh Look at the “New” Science of Child Development: Recent Findings from Two Quebec Cohorts

HELP is very excited to welcome Dr. Michel Boivin - Michel Boivin is Canada Research Chair in Child Development, Professor of psychology, director of the Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP) at the School of Psychology of Université Laval, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He leads a program of research on the bio-psycho-social determinants of child development, with a special emphasis on early childhood. This research is anchored to large population-based longitudinal studies, including the Quebec Newborn Twin Study and the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. He has extensively published in leading international journals in psychology, psychiatry and paediatrics. He co-leads the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Development, and the web-based and multilingual (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian) Encyclopaedia on Early Childhood Development, two international initiatives aimed at knowledge dissemination. He has trained more than 50 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.


Date: Wednesday January 30th, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Location: Clyde Hertzman Boardroom 491, HELP Office 4th floor,
School of Population and ...

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Aboriginal Steering Committee Thank Yous and Updates

HELP has been fortunate to work with the Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) since 2003. Their unwavering support and guidance has been led by Carrie Anne Vanderhoop and Duane Jackson for the past five years. It is with our deepest gratitude that we acknowledge their years of diligent service to the work of HELP through the ASC. This fall Carrie Anne and Duane stepped down as co-Chairs, and will remain members of the ASC. 

The ASC and HELP are pleased to welcome new co-Chairs Laranna Androsoff and Liza Haldane. HELP is delighted to have both ASC members step forward and take on the role of co-Chair.

HELP also wishes to welcome new ASC member Kris Salikin, and welcome back previous ASC member Jeremy Belyea, both of whom contributed immensely to the first meeting this fall.

As HELP looks ahead at 2019, it is with great hope and support from the ASC that we plan our Indigenous HELP Talk event in April, write and revise the EDI and MDI report, and as ever endeavor to work with community partners to bring life to our data.


MDI Administration and Reporting Timeline Updates

January 15th marks the first day of MDI administration in British Columbia for the 2018/2019 school year. This is our eighth year of collecting MDI data and we are excited to share that this is the largest collection of MDI data to date.

January marks a new administration date for the MDI. Timing of the FSA’s and MDI last year made for a busy stretch for many of you, and we appreciated hearing your feedback on this. Based on our consultations with educators throughout BC, we believe this new timeframe will make it easier to administer the MDI with your students.

The administration date change means report release dates will also change. Please note the following BC report release dates:

  • School Reports - mid-April
  • School District and Community Reports, without Neighbourhood Profiles and Maps - mid- May
  • School District and Community Reports, including Neighbourhood Profiles and Maps - late spring.

We will work hard to summarize MDI data into maps and reports as quickly as possible within this new timeline. The School District and Community Reports released in May will include School District data but not Neighbourhood Profiles or maps. Neighbourhood Profiles and maps will be added to the School ...

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Happy Holidays

We want to extend a warm HELP thank you to our community, school and research partners who have worked closely with us over the past year. On behalf of everyone at the Human Early Learning Partnership, happy holidays and warm wishes for 2019.

Please note that the HELP office will be closed from 4 pm, Friday, December 21st until Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

We look forward to working together with you in the New Year.


Working Together to Promote Child Well-Being on the North Shore: A Community Dialogue

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is pleased to share a PDF of her slide deck from the Working Together to Promote Child Well-Being on the North Shore: A Community Dialogue event, which took place December 3, 2018.

Kim’s presentation showcased the most recent Middle Development Instrument (MDI) data for the North Shore with an emphasis on the social-emotional well-being of children and the assets that support growth and development in this realm.

This event was hosted by the West Vancouver School District, North Vancouver School District and Vancouver Coastal Health with the purpose of spreading the power of MDI data in an effort to build a common language and a common understanding of child well-being on the North Shore, and to spark collaborative action.

View the PDF here.


A Warm HELP Thank You

HELP’s annual Fall Expo was held on November 14th, showcasing some of the latest HELP data in relation to poverty and reflections on national and international policy contexts for improving child outcomes across the whole population.

A warm HELP thank you to Martin Guhn and Arjumand Siddiqi for their informative and powerful keynote presentations and Joan Gignac, Scott Graham and Paul Hasselback for their honest and insightful responses during the panel presentation. Thank you also to everyone who attended in person or via webcast. This event continues to get better and better in part because of your participation and contribution. We hope you found it as informative and inspiring as we did.

The presentations were recorded and can be viewed here


Well-being Is A Skill: An Evening Public Talk with Dr. Richard Davidson

Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus
6163 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Davidson

Hosted by: Maria LeRose, Moderator, Facilitator, Television Producer and Interviewer

Presented by:

The Educational Neuroscience and Healthy Child Development Cluster

Lara Boyd, Director, Brain Behaviour Laboratory; Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Neurobiology of Motor Learning; CIHR Delegate & Health Research Advisor to the VP Research

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director, Human Early Learning Partnership;
Professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture area in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Rachel Weber, Instructor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia; Director of Training, BC School and Applied Child Psychology Internship; Director, PRTC Neuropsychological Assessment Clinic

Register Today

We are pleased to partner with UBC’s Interprofessional Continuing Education who is handling our registration needs. 


Just announced! CASEL Webinar - Innovations in SEL Action Research and Practice: Considerations of Diversity, Ecological Models, and Educators' SEL Competence

Monday, November 5
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
Hosted by CASEL

This upcoming webinar hosted by CASEL's Vice President of Research, Dr. Robert J. Jagers and CASEL Board Member, Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert–Reichl, will showcase the work of pioneers and innovators in SEL research, all of whom were recently awarded CASEL's Joseph E. Zins Award.

During the webinar, each of the award recipients will share details about their specific areas of research including:
· Social and emotional learning in a diverse society,
· Ecological models of SEL, and
· Educators' & SEL competence

REGISTER NOW!

Hosted By:

Dr. Robert J. Jagers
Vice President of Research,
CASEL

Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl
Board Member,
CASEL

Joseph E. Zins Award Winners:

Dr. David Osher
Vice President and Institute Fellow,
American Institutes for Research

Dr. Camille A. Farrington
Managing Director and Senior Research Associate,
University of Chicago Consortium on School Research

Dr. Anne Gregory
Associate Professor,
School Psychology Department Rutgers University's Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology


Register Today! Innovations in Educational Neuroscience – Transforming Practice through Emerging Research

Thursday, November 15, 2018
8:30am – 4:00pm
Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre UBC
6163 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

This special event brings together scholars, educators, students, and practitioners from across several disciplines.  We will hear about the latest science and practice in the new field of Educational Neuroscience and look for future opportunities to work collaboratively toward groundbreaking discoveries that will ultimately lead to more effective approaches for promoting healthy child development.

Presented by: The Educational Neuroscience and Healthy Child Development Cluster:
Lara Boyd, Director, Brain Behaviour Laboratory; Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Neurobiology of Motor Learning; CIHR Delegate & Health Research Advisor to the VP Research

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture area in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education, UBC; Director, HELP

Rachel Weber, Instructor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education, UBC; Director of Training, BC School and Applied Child Psychology Internship; Director, PRTC Neuropsychological Assessment Clinic

Guest Speakers

Richard Davidson
William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Founder and Director of ...

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Fall Expo 2018 Expert Panel Announced

It has been almost ten years since HELP’s Founding Director, Dr. Clyde Hertzman, noted that “something big is happening for BC families” and this remains true today. Please join us on Wednesday, November 14th at UBC Robson Square as we explore Clyde’s quote in relation to the complexity of child development and the range of social and economic factors that influence it.

In addition to keynotes by Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi we are pleased to announce Joan Gignac, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia and member of HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee, Paul Hasselback, Medical Health Officer – Central Vancouver Island and Clinical Associate Professor, School of Population Health, UBC and Scott Graham, Associate Executive Director, Manager of Research, Planning & Consulting, SPARC BC, as our panel of experts for this year’s Expo. Together with Martin Guhn and Kim Schonert-Reichl, Joan, Paul and Scott will share how both early adversity and resilience can play a role in child development. Please see the full schedule below.

This free event is one of our most popular. We encourage you to register early to ensure your space. 

Can’t join us in person?
We ...

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Final Year of Wave 7 EDI Data Collection

It is a busy time for our Early Development Instrument (EDI) Implementation Team. The final year of Wave 7 data collection for the EDI will begin in February 2019 and the team has sent invites and is in the process of preparations. We are excited to share that all school districts in the province who were scheduled to participate in this third and final year of Wave 7 have confirmed their participation. We have also heard back from Independent and First Nations schools in BC who are interested in participating in the EDI, some for the first time!

The EDI questionnaire gathers data that enable us to understand how children are doing in five developmental areas: social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, physical health and communication skills. EDI trends in child health and well-being across BC, reported at School District , health authority and neighbourhood levels are an essential tool in assisting School Districts and schools, early years professionals, health institutions and practitioners and communities to make evidence-based program and policy decisions toward improving outcomes for children.

HELP is committed to ensuring that the data we collect is made accessible to decision-makers at every level. Detailed School Reports will ...

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Thank You to EDI Trainers

Dear EDI Trainers,

As we enter the final year of Wave 7 for the EDI and we reflect back on the many years of EDI in our communities across B.C. (since 1999), we would like to take a moment to personally thank our EDI trainers who have worked so closely with us.

Your role in our Network has been an important part of our success in disseminating data and reports to inform decision making by schools, communities and governments. The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) grew up with a strong practice of collaboration and Coordinators have played an important part in our story of influence and impact.

We are entering a new chapter with the changes to Early Years funding outlined by the Ministry of Child and Family Development. As we, at HELP, navigate the changes as well, and work to redesign our early years engagement approach, we hope to be reconnected with many of you in the future.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to support our collective work in improving the well-being of children and families.

Sincerely,
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dirctor, HELP
Pippa Rowcliffe, Deputy Director, HELP

 


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