Presentation of workshops and conferences

Keynote : School-family collaboration, a feasible challenge? (evening)

As an adult, parent, community member or school staff member, what should you do if you witness or are told about an act of violence or bullying? Why and how should you intervene with the young people involved, whether they are victims, perpetrators or witnesses? How can you guide young people to use social media ethically and responsibly? This talk will present the basics of prevention and intervention with regard to violence and bullying, emphasizing the importance of role sharing.

Keynote of Jasmin Roy : Championing goodwill (evening)

Being open to others and valuing difference as a source of human richness are concepts that children should be taught from a very young age.  Jasmin Roy explains the process and reflection that allowed the Grandes Rencontres to take place across Québec. He talks about the advances, growth and gains made in creating more positive, safe and caring schools over the past few years. He explores the concept of goodwill, emphasizing the importance of accompanying and supporting schools with regard to mutual assistance, respect and the championing of diversity and empathy in social relationships. He also emphasizes the importance of being positive role models for children.

Keynote : The importance of healthy relationships for a positive, welcoming school climate

What elements make up a positive, welcoming school climate? What practices are known to prevent violence and bullying? One such practice, the promotion of healthy relationships, is key. The workshop will help identify the characteristics of healthy relationships and the strategies to implement in the classroom and school. It will also help reaffirm the mission of Québec schools to socialize, a component of educational success for all students.

Workshop 1. The role of school administrators in creating welcoming school communities

Why would school administrators be interested in the school climate and the development of social and emotional skills? This workshop helps administrators to develop their vision for their schools, and to discuss ways to improve the school climate and enhance social and emotional skills, especially those of school staff members. It also provides the opportunity to examine the relationship factor in the work of school administrators and identify the means to improve the school’s socialization action plan.

Workshop 2. The interpersonal aspect of group management and social architecture: developing healthy relationships in the classroom

Promoting positive relationships (among teachers and students and among peers) and contributing actively to their development not only has a significant impact on the students’ educational success, but is also a key component of good classroom management. Teachers have an essential role to play in developing and maintaining positive relationships with each of their students, especially with those with social adjustment or behavioural problems. Understanding what social architecture is and learning to use it is one way to promote a positive dynamic among peers at school.

Workshop 3. Scaffolding and targeted interventions: increased support for perpetrators and victims of violence and bullying

Learning to live with others is a complex process and some students need help to develop their personal and social skills. Scaffolding is a multi-method approach that adults can use to support the learning of expected behaviours. This workshop is intended for anyone who is responsible for supporting and guiding students involved in incidents of violence and bullying.

Workshop 4. Social and emotional learning in school

Many studies have shown that social and emotional learning has a significant impact on the quality of the relationships students are able to forge, as well as on their openness to diversity and their ability to live with others and carve out their niche in the workplace. These studies also show that certain high-risk behaviours can be eliminated, or their likelihood reduced, globally and over the longer term, when students’ social and emotional skills are developed. Social and emotional learning targets the acquisition of these basic abilities and skills, which are so important in the school setting in promoting not only a positive, welcoming climate but also student success and well-being. In this workshop, you will discover the five components of social and emotional learning, along with three keys to help apply them in real-life situations in schools.