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Register Today! In Virtual Conversation with Kim Schonert-Reichl & Greg Smyth

Please join Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and School District 70/ (Alberni) Superintendent Greg Smyth by webinar to 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.

Kim will explore newly released MDI 2016/2017 data highlights and introduce participants to our new tool, Discover MDI: A Field Guide for Promoting Well-Being in Middle Childhood.

SD70/Alberni Superintendent Greg Smyth will share how each school in his district used MDI data to set goals and weave well-being concepts directly into school plans. Greg will walk us through the process of bringing people on board and discuss what’s next for his district.

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Call for Membership! HELP - Aboriginal Steering Committee

The Human Early Learning Partnership’s Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) is seeking new members. We are looking for creative and energetic individuals from BC’s North Central, North East, and South East regions, who share our common interest in improving developmental outcomes for all Aboriginal children in BC.

Aboriginal Steering Committee

The Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) was established in 2003 to provide guidance to HELP’s research as it applies to and has program and policy implications for Aboriginal peoples.

The ASC is made up of community members of Aboriginal ancestry, including elders; members are vital to ensuring that HELP’s research has meaning for, and is consistent with, Aboriginal communities' objectives and intentions.

The ASC shares a common interest in the experiences of children in their communities, as well as HELP’s Human Development Program of Research (HDPR), which includes the toddler, early, and middle childhood years, and may expand to include youth in the future.

Requirements of ASC Members

  • Must be of Aboriginal ancestry
  • Must be available to work on ASC-related goals and activities as required
  • Commit to a two year term minimum
  • Have access to internet/email/telephone
  • Participate annually in two face-to-face meetings (2-3 days in ...

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

It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of a new online tool that will support schools and communities to explore and use their data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). We're calling it “Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood.

The MDI obtains information about the psychological and social worlds of children during middle childhood inside and outside of school from the children themselves; allowing children’s voices to be heard and valued. It gives us insight into areas that have great significance in children’s lives, but which are not typically evaluated by other assessment tools. Yet, simply collecting these data is not enough. My goal for the MDI has always been that the data garnered from it be actionable and hence support positive change for our children in their schools, homes and communities. Over the past five years we have been working collaboratively with educators and community partners to develop this innovative resource that will provide the tools to make it relatively easy for people to use their MDI results and make positive change for children. The culmination of this work is the MDI Field Guide.   

We understand that enacting ...

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Heart Mind Index: Building on the EDI to explore Heart-Mind well-being of children in British Columbia

When: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to noon
Location: Hertzman Boardroom, HELP Office, SPPH

Please join Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Professor, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Faculty of Education, and Director, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) as she leads a discussion about the Heart Mind Index.

Developed by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, together with UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), the Heart-Mind Index provides a population-level snapshot of Heart-Mind well-being of children in British Columbia communities. The Heart-Mind Index draws on the work HELP has led for the last 14 years with the Early Development Instrument (EDI)—a population-level developmental survey that is used with kindergarten children in British Columbia every year. The Index analyzes EDI data in a new way to provide deeper and more specific indications of social and emotional development.

Co presenters include Dr. Alisa Almas, Maria LeRose and Fiona Douglas-Crampton, CEO & President of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

A complete agenda is included below. Please RSVP to earlylearning@ubc.ca

9:30 – 10:00 am: Introduction
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Professor, Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health, UBC ...

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Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) - Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) and BC Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael S. Kobor has been appointed as the Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development. Dr. Kobor is a world-leading expert in the field of social epigenetics, researching how diverse early life experiences affect human development and influence children’s health, learning and behavior. 

Dr. Kobor’s chair will be co-located at the HELP, School of Population and Public Health at UBC, and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children at BC Children’s Hospital. Building on the work of Drs. Clyde Hertzman and Thomas Boyce, Dr. Kobor’s research program will expand our understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which biological embedding occurs – how experience gets “under the skin” to influence lifelong health and wellbeing. Combining the individual strengths of HELP, Sunny Hill and BC Children’s, Dr. Kobor’s vision is to create “child-sized made in BC solutions with global impact”.

Dr. Kobor and his team will map the biological trajectories of healthy child development across the population at the molecular level. This will serve as the basis to understand the distinct trajectories of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Furthermore, the ...

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Seasons Readings: HELP's Best of 2016 Book Selections

Becoming brilliant. What science tells us about raising successful children: Michnick Golinkoff R, Hirsh-Pasek K. American Psychological Association; 2016.

Contexts for young child flourishing: evolution, family, and society: Narvaez D, Braungart-Rieker JM, Miller-Graff LE, Gettler LT, Hastings PD (editors). New York, NY: Oxford; 2016.

Handbook of mindfulness in education. Integrating theory and research into practice: Schonert-Reichl KA, Roeser RW (editors). New York, NY: Springer; 2016.

Mental health and wellbeing through schools: the way forward: Shute RH, Slee PT (editors). New York: Routledge; 2016.

Let them eat dirt: saving our children from an oversanitized world: Finlay BB, Arrieta M-C. Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books; 2016.

The gardener and the carpenter: what the new science of child development tells us about the relationship between parents and children: Gopnik A. Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 2016.

 

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Fall Expo Webinar Recording is now available

The webcast recording for the 2016 HELP Fall Expo, held on October 19th, 2016 at UBC Robson Square, is now available.

This year’s Expo focused on EDI Wave 6 results. The webcast features an overview of the data highlights presented by HELP Deputy Director Pippa Rowcliffe as well as presentations by HELP Faculty including Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Mike Kobor. Visit www.edibc2016.ca to explore some of the stories presented at the Fall Expo in greater depth.

Please note that the recording is over three hours long. As a result, it will take some time to download from the HELP YouTube channel.


November Child Development (CD) Citation List now available.

HELP’s November 2016 Child Development citation list is now available. The citation list includes academic research publications for August and pre-prints for September and beyond.

This month’s list includes new topic headers including Social Determinants, Social and Emotional Learning and Interventions.

In addition to these changes, we are making some exciting updates to the monthly CD Citation List and our Library web pages as a whole. Watch for an announcement in December.

Our monthly citation list is posted to the HELP Publications page of our website. This page offers direct links to key HELP researcher publications as well as links to monthly lists (from as far back as June 2011). The November PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”. 


Fall Expo Presentation Slides

Thank you for your participation in this year’s Fall Research Expo. We are pleased to provide you with a PDF version of the slides presented by Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Mike Kobor during the morning keynote session. Please download the presentation here.

We continue to work on the webinar recording. I apologize for the delay in posting this but we are trying to fix a sound issue. I will share the link once it is posted.

Thank you to all who continue to make this event such a great success.


EDI BC: 2016 Provincial Report

Our EDI BC Provincial Report is now online!

The EDI BC: 2016 Provincial Report provides a comprehensive overview of the provincial trends that are emerging from over 10 years of data collection and analysis. This interactive report provides an overview of the EDI as well as easy access to five waves of data for each of the EDI scales and newly published EDI subscales data. The online report also offers a link to a comprehensive print version, complete with School District data and maps. We hope you will use this report as a valuable resource in guiding policy and program decisions.

In addition to the provincial report, we are excited to announce that Wave 6 Community Profiles are also online.

EDI Community Profiles are comprehensive reports available for all of BC's 59 School Districts. Each community profile explores and synthesizes EDI data aggregated for the School District and its associated neighbourhoods. The Community Profile report includes multiple years of EDI data, from Wave 2 (2004-2007) to Wave 6 (2013-2016), and spatially maps EDI data at a neighbourhood-level. Community Profiles also provide information on provincial-level results that are intended to help communities situate themselves in the broader provincial context. This ...

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HELP Talks: Attachment, Play and the Importance of Taking Risks

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is pleased to announce our November HELP Talks will take place on Tuesday, November 15th (9:30am-12:00pm) in the Clyde Hertzman Boardroom. Please join us for a series of presentations led by Dr. Eva Oberle, Dr. Marlene Moretti and Dr. Mariana Brussoni entitled Building Resilience in Children and Youth: Attachment, Play and the Importance of Taking Risks. A detailed agenda is included below. Please RSVP to earlylearning@ubc.ca if you plan to attend.

 

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Clyde Hertzman Boardroom, 4th Floor
HELP Office, SPPH Bldg 2206 East Mall
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

If you plan to attend, please send your RSVP to earlylearning@ubc.ca.

9:30 – 10:00 am: Introduction: Fostering Resilience in Children
Dr. Eva Oberle, Assistant Professor, HELP, SPPH, UBC
A brief intro introduction to resilience; the role of attachment and other developmental systems connected with resilience; and the connection between attachment and risk play as a central factor that promotes “safe” risk0taking and responsible decision making.

10:00 – 10:45 am: Reducing Risk - Promoting Resilience: An Attachment Based Intervention for Caregivers of At-Risk Youth
Dr. Marlene Moretti, Professor, Psychology ...

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Register Today! EDI Subscales Webinar

Those who work with the EDI know that it measures five different aspects of children’s development. Perhaps less well known is that four of the five EDI scales can be divided into subscales – with 15 EDI subscales in total. In 2016/2017 HELP will publish – for the first time - EDI subscale data for the province, school districts and neighbourhoods. Designed for those who could not attend the Fall Expo Subscales Workshop, this webinar will allow participants the opportunity to build on their work with the EDI by focusing on the subscales. It will help participants increase their knowledge of the developmental areas measured by subscales, how they are scored and their relationship to vulnerability rates at the scale level. Participants will explore approaches to interpreting and comparing local and regional subscale data and learn techniques for working with these data in their community settings.

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Date: Tuesday, November 22rd
Time: 3:30-4:30


Fall Expo at capacity!

As usual the response to HELP’s Fall Expo has been amazing and we are now full. Thank you to all who continue to make this event such a great success. 

Registration for both Fall Expo and the Fall Expo Webinar has been closed. We are recording the morning presentations and will post them online as soon as possible. Please watch for a link to be shared on our blog post and via our social media channels. 

This year’s Expo will focus on Wave 6 Early Development Instrument (EDI) results. HELP has spent the better part of 2016 wrapping up the final year of EDI Wave 6 data collection and analyzing new findings from patterns and trends across 13 years of data. We are excited to share our findings with you. Presentations will be led by HELP faculty and research staff including Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Mike Kobor.

 


August Child Development (CD) Citation List now available.

HELP’s August 2016 Child Development citation list is now available. The citation list includes academic research publications for August and pre-prints for September and beyond.

Our monthly citation list is posted to the HELP Publications page of our website. This page offers direct links to key HELP researcher publications as well as links to monthly lists (from as far back as June 2011). The August PDF is located on the right hand side menu under the heading “ECD References”.


Now on YouTube! (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 1: EDI 101 Webinar

Our August 23rd webinar,  (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 1: EDI 101, has been posted to the HELP YouTube channel.

HELP has spent the better part of 2016 wrapping up the final year of EDI Wave 6 data collection and analyzing new findings from patterns and trends across 16 years of data. Whether you’ve been working with EDI for a while and are in need of a quick refresher or you’ve recently started working with the EDI, please view this webinar ahead of the release of Wave 6 EDI School District/Community Profile Reports. This session provided an overview of the areas of children’s development measured by the tool, clarified the concept and meaning of child vulnerability and key issues related to interpreting and applying population health data.

Registration for the second webinar, (Re)-Introducing the EDI – Part 2: Interactive Maps and Media Outreach is now open. This webinar takes place September 21st


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