Presentation of workshops and conferences

Keynote : The Importance of Healthy Relationships for a Positive, Safe and Caring School Climate

What are the components of a positive, safe and caring school climate? What are the recognized practices for preventing violence and bullying? One of these practices includes the promotion of healthy relationships, which is key to creating a positive, safe and caring school environment. A brief overview of the characteristics of these relationships as well as the strategies to be implemented in classrooms and schools will be presented. This conference will also help to reaffirm the mission of Québec schools to socialize, a component of educational success for all students.
Guest speaker(s):
– Nicolas Bergeron, Regional Support Agent for the School Climate, Violence and Bullying dossier for Montreal school boards
– Nathalie Constant, Agent­ Pivot for the School Climate, Violence and Bullying dossier and Behavior Consultant, LBPSB
Who it is for? : ALL

Workshop 1 : The Role of School Administrators in Creating Positive, Safe and Caring School Climates

School climate has been shown to have a significant impact on student engagement, motivation, and learning; aspects that predict academic outcomes, school satisfaction, and adjustment. The school administrator plays a key leadership role in helping school staff to create a safe and caring environment for educators and students. This workshop will focus on the key ingredients necessary in creating positive school climates, the importance of adult relationships in fostering social and emotional learning, and engaging school staff in the process. Additionally, unique and successful practices to enhance school climate that have been universally embraced within school cultures will be shared. Creative strategies to help students attach and enhance their sense of belonging to their school communities will also be discussed.
Guest speaker(s):
– David McFall, Principal, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School, WQSB
– High school principal panel, ETSB and CQSB
Who it is for? : School administrators

Workshop 2 : The Interpersonal Aspect of Group Management and Social Architecture: Developing Healthy Relationships in the Classroom

Promoting positive relationships (between teachers and students and among peers) and contributing actively to students’ 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.
Guest speaker(s):
– Dr. Debra Pepler, Scientific Co­Director, PREVNet
Who it is for? : Teachers and professionals

Workshop 3 : Scaffolding and Interventions : Tailored Support for Those Involved with Bullying and Violence

Learning to live with others is a complex process and some students need help to develop their personal and social skills. Scaffolding is a multi­method 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.
Guest speaker(s):
– Dr. Joanne Cummings, Knowledge Mobilization Director, PREVNet
Who it is for? : Professionals

Workshop 4 : Social and Emotional Learning in Education: Theory to Practice

Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves fostering social and emotional competencies through explicit instruction and student-centered learning approaches. Enhancing SEL skills in students has many benefits including: more positive attitudes towards self, others, and tasks; enhanced academic performance; fewer conduct problems and aggression; increased student engagement and motivation; healthier relationships; and improved mental health. Additionally, teachers with higher social and emotional competencies are better able to manage stress, tend to experience less burnout, have more positive feelings about teaching, and are more satisfied with their work. This workshop will begin with an overview of SEL – namely the core competencies and why infusing SEL in classrooms and schools is so critical to learning. The second part of the workshop will focus on how to practically integrate SEL within classrooms and schools. Concrete examples and creative ways to incorporate SEL within the curriculum will be shared.
Guest speaker(s):
– Dr. Cindy Finn, Director of Student Services, LBPSB
– Jasmine Skeritt, Teacher, St-Raphael Elementary School, EMSB
– Allison Brown, Teacher, LaSalle Sr. Elementary, LBPSB
Who it is for? : ALL

Special Presentation : Enhancing School Staff Mental Health and Well-Being

The proposed presentation will share the results of the early stages of McGill University’s Faculty of Education’s national initiative to directly address teachers’ mental health and well-being needs. This initiative currently includes collaborators from pre-service teacher training, school boards, mental health organisations, as well as in-service teachers and leading researchers across Canada and internationally. We will be sharing findings regarding current knowledge and interventions in the area as well as outcomes from collaborative discussions across Canada and our needs assessment. Furthermore, we will be presenting strategies that have been shown to be beneficial to mental health and well-being. Discussion will center on future needs to enhance teachers’ mental health and well-being.
Guest speaker(s):
– Dr. Nancy Heath, James McGill professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies of McGill University’s Faculty of Education
– Dana Carsley, PhD Candidate, McGill Faculty of Education
– Jessica Mettler, PhD Student, McGill Faculty of Education
Who it is for? : ALL