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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

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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

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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. 

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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

 


Fall Expo 2018! “Something Big is Happening in BC for Families”: Understanding the larger social and economic influences on child development

 

NOVEMBER 14TH, 2018
ROBSON SQUARE, VANCOUVER

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.

Children's early experiences - even before birth - have lasting effects on lifelong mental and physical health and wellbeing. And we know that child development outcomes reflect the quality of the multiple and interconnected contexts and environments in which they spend their time. HELP’s data continue to show that we have work to do to improve the contexts in which children are growing, learning and playing.

Join us on Wednesday, November 14th at UBC Robson Square as we explore the complexity of child development and the range of social and economic factors that influence it.

Dr. Martin Guhn and other members of the HELP Faculty and staff will explore gradients in health in relations to three of our research measures – TDI, CHEQ and EDI. In addition, we are excited to welcome a panel of experts who will share how both early adversity but also resilience can play a role in child development. Finally, we are very pleased to host Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi, Canada Research Chair ...

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The CHEQ in the Field

The Childhood Experiences Questionnaire – the CHEQ – is returning to nine school districts in British Columbia this September. We are excited to be working once again with schools in Southeast Kootenay, Rocky Mountain, Revelstoke, Coquitlam, Powell River, Okanagan Similkameen, Alberni, North Okanagan-Shuswap and Nechako Lakes. Parents of children entering Kindergarten in these districts will be completing the CHEQ in late August or early September. This year over 115 schools will be taking part as we continue to expand participation across the province.

The CHEQ captures important information on children’s experiences in their early environments with a focus on specific areas of development that are strongly linked to children’s health and well-being, education and social outcomes. This information can help communities understand how to support children and families prior to Kindergarten; it also helps schools with individual, classroom and school level planning. If your district is participating this year and/or you want to find out more about the CHEQ, visit the CHEQ webpage. Please watch the HELP website and social media for updates and more information as it becomes available.


Registration is Closed

Registration is closed for Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-being in the Middle Years. Thank you to everyone who registered. Response to this event has been phenomenal and we look forward to hosting you August 20th & 21st. 

Please don't hesitate to contact Amy Mullis if you have any questions in advance of your travels. 


HELP's Response to Minister Conroy's Letter Outlining Changes to Early Years Funding in BC

We wanted to be in touch following the recent formal communication from the Minister of Child and Family Development on June 12, 2018 regarding the redirection of early years funding for the Success by 6 and Children First initiatives, toward services for young children and families, that will occur on March 31, 2019.

We recognize the courage of the Office of the Early Years in taking action to address the complexity in Early Years coordination funding. Their initiative to embed early years capacity within the public service is an important step in this direction and in supporting child well-being more generally.

It is clear that, in the coming year, there will be some substantial changes in early years structures across the Province. We can imagine how challenging this may be for the many people who will be impacted by the change. As we move forward, we will continue to support early years community partners to maintain and grow momentum in their collective action for improving the well-being of children and families in BC. We are committed to this.

The impending changes will require HELP to substantially rethink our EDI (and MDI) Trainer Networks and the networks of partners and colleagues ...

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First Ever MDI Kids Advisory Group

May 25th was an exciting day for everyone at HELP as Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and a number of HELPers hosted twenty-five Grade 6 and 7 students from Sir James Douglas Elementary School for the first ever MDI Kids Advisory Group.

“I have been wanting to host a Kids Advisory Group since the MDI was first started,” Kim shared with the students. “Thank you for making my dreams come true.”

Students were divided into four teams and rotated through stations based on specific components of the MDI: Well-being, Important Adults, Nutrition and Sleep and After-school Time. The stations were designed to generate feedback and encourage students to share their thoughts on current MDI findings as well as their insights regarding key themes of the MDI. Through this, the team was able to learn how students viewed their own and their peers’ experiences in middle childhood. Above all, this special opportunity has reinvigorated HELP’s core passion of respecting children’s voices.

 A big thank you to Sean Smith and his class for participating. We can’t wait to host another session next year.


June MDI Webinar! Well-Being After School: Children tell us how they spend their time

How children spend their after-school hours contributes significantly to their overall well-being. The Middle Years Development Instrument lets children tell us how they currently fill these hours, what activities they want to engage in, and which barriers stand in their way.

Join HELP Director Kim Schonert-Reichl for a live webinar on June 12 where she'll reveal our latest analysis of MDI data regarding out-of-school time in the Lower Mainland. This webinar will also feature a special guest to share on-the-ground experiences of supporting thriving after school.

This webinar is open to anyone across Canada with an interest in the research, policy and practice supporting out-of-school time for children. Register today!


UPDATES! Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-being in the Middle Years

How are our children doing right now, and how is this changing over time? The MDI tells us so much, but what else is there to learn? Who can we learn it from? How can we be more effective in our goals of enhancing children’s social and emotional wellbeing?

We think the time to answer these questions is now!

Register today for Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-being in the Middle Years and help us answer them.

This special, two day HELP event – hosted at the University of British Columbia August 20 & 21, 2018 – is designed to inspire, motivate and strengthen participant’s leadership skills by focusing on child well-being through a systems-thinking lens.

We are excited to gather together leaders in the field of child well-being from across Canada including Dr. Jean Clinton, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behaviourals Neurosciences, McMaster University, Dr. Mark T. Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State, Dr. Michael Ungar, Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, and our own Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl.

NEW SPEAKERS
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Elder Jessie Nyberg retires from HELP Aboriginal Steering Committee

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Jessie Nyberg has retired as Elder of HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee.  It has been such an honour to work with her over the years and we will miss her wisdom and leadership greatly. 

Jessie has been a member of our Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) for over fifteen years. Recruited by Clyde himself, she has been an integral member of HELP from the beginning. Her commitment and dedication have been awe-inspiring. She has brought her passion for cultural safety to all of HELP’s research tools, implementation, and knowledge translation.  Her care for all Indigenous children and families has inspired us, and she has always reminded us that many are living away from their home communities in urban areas. Her knowledge has helped to guide HELP to where we are today. 

In addition to her role as the ASC’s Elder, Jessie has previously been involved with the Vernon First Nations Friendship Centre, School District 22’s Targeted Funds Committee, the Okanagan Aboriginal Health Research Action Group, the Vernon Urban Elders Group, and the First Nations Health Curriculum Advisory Council of UBC Okanagan. Jessie is currently on the board ...

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Three BC Communities Chosen to Participate in Systems Leadership Initiative

The Human Early Learning Partnership is pleased to announce the selection of three BC communities to participate in the “Growing Systems Leadership Initiative”. The successful communities are Gold River, Prince George and Surrey. The communities were selected following an extensive application process. Participants from these three communities represent a variety of public and non-profit organizations that providing services to young children and families. Coming together, they will participate in an intensive training program that aims to strengthen capacity in compassionate leadership and systems thinking. The project is funded by the Max Bell Foundation.

Background
The path to healthy development for children in Canadian society is becoming increasingly complicated, and there are reasons to be concerned. For too many of our children, the path to a healthy adulthood has become broken. The systems we have designed to support Canadian children and families are simply not doing an effective job and in many communities our young people are in crisis.
There is not at present an integrated system for children, nor are there mechanisms that effectively bridge the distinct systems that serve children and families. Our challenge is to create a system that reflects children’s developmental needs and provides seamless care ...

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