Educating the HEART

Positive Mental Health Through Social Emotional Learning

2016-2017 Professional Development Opportunities

Coordinated by Learning Support Team

OVERVIEW - see below for details

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Mindfulness Course for Educators

Information Session: To ensure that this program is a good fit for you at this time, interested participants must attend a 1hour orientation on

Tuesday Oct 4th from 3:45-4:45pm in the Esquimalt High School Library.


Weekly Sessions and Day-Long Retreat

Thursdays 3:45-5:45 pm beginning Oct 13

All day class on Saturday November 19th from 9 am-3 pm

Cost: $45

Objective: To provide educators with a firm grounding in mindfulness based strategies that can be incorporated into daily life and in the classroom.

Teaching mindfulness to youth is significantly enhanced and more effective when it stems from a base of personal practice. The first 8 weeks of this course will help participants develop a personal mindfulness practice to deepen self-awareness, lower stress and increase overall well-being by learning:

  • foundations of mindfulness theory and practice
  • awareness of patterns of thought, speech and behaviour
  • skills for meeting and navigating intense emotions
  • practices that cultivate positive states of mind like gratitude, ​self-​compassion and kindness
  • how mindfulness influences communication and relationships

For more information contact Lisa Baylis

Note: this opportunity will also be offered again in the spring, date to be determined.

Shelley Moore-Inclusive Education

Self-proclaimed “Inclusion Geek” Shelley consults locally, provincially and beyond. Her presentations integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and technology.

Presentations will be Oct 14, March 15th and June 9th

Contact: See your Administrator about School Teams

Friends for Life Training (Grades 4-7)

Friday, Oct. 21st, 8:30am-3pm

Uplands Campus 3461 - Henderson Rd

The FRIENDS program is designed to prevent anxiety, increase resilience and improve life skills in children. It’s an evidence-based international program that has been licensed for use in B.C. public and independent schools.

FRIENDS aligns with the core competencies of BC's Education Plan and provides teachers with a framework for addressing thinking, communication, and social and personal competencies.

Completion of a one-day training session is required in order to deliver the program.

Who should attend?

Grade 4-7 teachers, school counsellors and other educators who work in B.C. schools and are committed to delivering FRIENDS to ALL students in the classroom – so that everyone can benefit.

Heart Mind Conference Cultivating Resilience

Friday, Oct. 21st, 8:30am to Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 3pm

Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, BC

Registration fee will be covered for 20 participants. They will be selected based on an application process.

Please click on link below to fill out the application form. Forms must be recieved no later than Friday, September 30th

The 4th annual Heart-Mind conference features some of the leading minds in child development, education and mental health addressing the Dalai Lama's question, "How can we educate the hearts of children?

The theme of this year's conference is Cultivating Resilience, and the program is designed to inform, inspire and engage people who care for and teach children and youth, including educators, practitioners, community members, parents, caregivers, academics and researchers.

Help is on the the way for the New PHE Curriculum!

Friday, Oct. 21st, 9am-3pm

SJ Willis Auditorium - 923 Topaz Ave

Presented by Island Health

Help is on the way for the NEW PHE CURRICULUM!!

Island Health, Healthy Schools Team in partnership with SD 61 are offering a one day workshop addressing the new Physical and Health Education Curriculum!

The focus will be on mental health and sexual health education for grades 6-9.


  • Review of practical resources

  • Framework for implementation and assessment

  • Opportunity for discussion and planning

You may also book this workshop for a professional development day at your school (half day or full day).

Social Emotional Fitness for Children and Youth - Dr Kimberly Schonert Reichl

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 4-6pm

SJ Willis Auditorium - 923 Topaz Ave

We know that physical fitness is important. But scientific research now shows that children that have social and emotional fitness do better in school and life. They even have higher academic achievement.

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and professor at UBC. She was recently named director of UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership, which has been a long-time collaborator with the Dalai Lama Center. She will present the latest research and innovative strategies that can be used by parents, educators and anyone who cares for and about children.

Middle Years Development Instrument

What is the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI)?

The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a self-report questionnaire completed by children in Grade 4 and Grade 7. It asks them how they think and feel about their experiences both inside and outside of school. Both the Grade 4 and Grade 7 questionnaire include questions related to the five areas of development that are strongly linked to well-being, health and academic achievement.

  • Physical Health & Well-Being
  • Connectedness
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • School Experiences
  • Use of After-School Time

For more information on the implementation of the MDI contact your administrator.

Wellness for Educators

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 4-6pm

SJ Willis Auditorium

Presented by Stephanie Curran and Lisa Baylis

This workshop will bring tools and strategies around mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, kindness and connection to participants in order to help them create wellness habits for themselves, and within their schools. By assisting participants to train their brain for the positive, it builds a ripple effect of well-being throughout their school setting, enabling a culture of resiliency, self-regulation and awareness for all learners.

Stop Wondering, Start Knowing

Thursday, Jan. 19th 2017 at 4-5:30pm

SJ Willis Auditorium - 923 Topaz Ave

Presented by staff from Kelty Mental Health

An informational workshop on supporting youth mental wellness in the school. This session is intended for school professionals (grade 8-12) and others who work in the school setting. The workshop will be delivered by staff from Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital. The workshop will include:

  • An introduction to talking about mental health
  • Exploration of the Stop Wondering, Start Knowing School Video Resource
  • Resources for supporting students experiencing mental health challenges
  • Strategies for promoting overall wellness

The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has a variety of resources and services available to help support educators and promote student mental wellness.

Strategies for Dealing with Anxiety

Feb 27, 2017

Presenter Christine Yu

This day long workshop will be for counsellors to support their work with highly anxious students.

Contact: Jennifer Chambers

Fostering Positive Mental Health Through SEL & the New Curriculum

Thursday, May 11th 2017 at 4-6pm

SJ Willis Auditorium

This session will explore ways in which educators can leverage BC’s revised curriculum and utilize the core competencies to promote mental wellbeing for all students.

Healthy, Safe and Caring Schools

Marnice Jones

Greater Victoria School District

Learning Support Team

Coordinator Healthy, Safe and Caring Schools

Link to the Healthy, Safe and Caring Schools website

For the Toolkit look under menu - STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY

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