Guest Presentation: Promoting and Supporting Mental Health in Schools

Promoting and Supporting Mental Health in Schools: A School Effectiveness Imperative

Professor Karen Weston
Columbia College, Missouri

Friday, July 24, 2015, 12:30 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to Tina Beynen, tbeynen@uwo.ca

The K-12 School Effectiveness Framework (2013) outlines the critical components of supporting student academic success and well-being and serves as a guide to quality assessment and improvement. However, “academic success” and “well-being” often remain separate from one another in school initiatives to improve student outcomes, which leads to fragmentation and duplication of efforts. Moreover, teachers are often left out of initiatives to promote well-being, although their well-being is instrumental to achieving the academic mission of schools and the cultivation of a healthy school environment. Creating a comprehensive system of student and teacher supports that integrates mental health promotion activities and services into the daily academic operations of a school can strengthen school improvement efforts and lead to increased student success and teacher effectiveness. This presentation will focus on the development of such a comprehensive system and highlight interconnections to the Effectiveness Framework.

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