Well-being: A Key to Success

Well-being: A Key to Success

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We know that students’ well-being is top-of-mind in our schools, but can the same be said for teacher well-being? For support staff? For principals and superintendents? 

The surge in student anxiety, bullying and behavioural issues coincides with an uptick in stress and emotional exhaustion among educators. This results in high stats for stress leave, and stress-related illness. Students and educators spend seven hours a day together five days a week. Their relationships – and our entire school community culture – can’t be healthy if they aren’t healthy. 

Increasingly, school staff are required to be knowledgeable about detecting signs of stress and anxiety in students AND be equipped themselves to be mentally healthy and well in the classroom. And while we know more about the challenges associated with mental well-being than ever before, we know less about the solutions to address them. The Well-being: A Key to Success Symposium is your opportunity to learn from a variety of educators sharing their successful school- and community-based programs and partnerships from across Canada, which will provide effective coping and support strategies for students AND educators.

By exploring a crucial issue at the intersection of the health and education, this symposium continues our network’s 125-year tradition of cross-pollinating dialogue between different sectors for mutual benefit. Leading experts will share the latest data on how stress and anxiety affect learning and the workplace factors that can protect and support student and educator mental health and well-being. As a follow-up to our 2016 First Nations Schools First! Symposium, we will also focus on the urgency to strengthen well-being among First Nations educators and students and the connection between Indigenous and non-Indigenous practices that lead to healthier schools. 

It’s time to shift the conversation from ‘fixing symptoms’ to addressing how we can proactively develop wellness within entire school cultures, because this issue concerns us all.  


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Do you trust them? Do they trust you?
David Bouchard | Acclaimed Métis Author and Literacy Advocate

At this momentous time in Canadian history as we attempt to implement the recommendations of Truth and Reconciliation, do we have reason to be hopeful or have centuries of deceit killed all hope? Do Canadians trust one another? Should we? Do our students trust those responsible for their well-being? Should they?

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Pursuing Joy in a Complex World
Dean Shareski | Educator, Author and Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada 

Few would argue that joy is a worthy pursuit. However, the challenges and demands of education has made this somewhat elusive. We'll re affirm why joy is an important goal of education, what subtle and not so subtle obstacles make this difficult and some practical ways we can all make room and space for more joyful learning and living. 

An EdCan Network Professional Learning Priority

In our 2014 Challenge to Change Report, our pan-Canadian network recognized that, beyond systemic constraints, the social realities that affect the lives of students and families represents a significant barrier to educational change. The community-based social services that our most marginalized families rely on has been downsized and offloaded to our educators, who now often find themselves playing the roles of social workers, guidance counsellors, parents and psychologists all at once – then add school and student performance, rankings and testing pressures that zap energy from the important work of teaching. These pressures are even more pronounced in First Nation schools. It’s no wonder that teacher absenteeism, sick leaves and turnover in the first five years is growing. School districts also face the increasingly difficult challenge of recruiting for senior management positions in an era where quality of life considerations outweigh the stress associated with this profession. 

The stakes are high. The role that education systems can play in promoting physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being – and preventing poor mental health – underscores the value of investigating how successful and replicable Indigenous and non-indigenous programs effectively address these issues, and define what truly makes a healthy school. 

Ideas that Can Help Educators Help their Students

Teachers, support staff, principals, teacher candidates, researchers, community health support workers, NGO and education stakeholder groups leaders, and Indigenous educators appreciate our events because of the value we place on affirming, legitimizing and sharing our knowledge and experiences, rather than everyone working in isolation. Our detailed case studies will answer your questions and provide important insights into how your team can embed effective mental well-being programs throughout your entire school community culture.

Schools are not treatment facilities, and they can’t make up for the failings of a fractured system – but they can be an important part of the solution. Focusing on a variety of factors that impact student and educator wellness makes this upcoming event an essential resource in articulating the clear necessity to invest in preventative mental well-being support programs that have the potential to offset the long-term effects of dealing with a crisis after the fact and the impact that this continues to have on our society. 

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David Bouchard has produced more than fifty books for readers of all ages, including two guides on reading for parents and educators. An erstwhile teacher and school principal, he is particularly concerned with Aboriginal-related issues and is a sought-after speaker for conference keynotes and school presentations and on topics of reading, literacy and aboriginal well-being.

In April 2009, Bouchard was named as a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as an author of children's books and an advocate who has championed the cause of reading and writing, and who has shared his pride as a member of the Métis community through his stories." Most recently, David has received a remarkable honour: In 2013, in Oshawa, the David Bouchard Public School opened its doors. www.davidbouchard.com

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Dean Shareski is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent nine as a digital learning consultant for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK. In addition, he an adjunct professor at Wilkes University. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs in Canada. Dean also blogs for Tech Learning and the Huffington Post. In 2010, he won the ISTE Award for Outstanding Leader of the Year. Dean has had the opportunity to speak to a variety of education audiences both nationally and internationally. His passion remains helping teachers to explore the affordances of technology for learning. Dean believes humour and humility go a long way in supporting and advocating transformational practices in teaching and learning.



Air Canada

Air Canada is CEA’s carrier of choice for this event. Symposium participants flying to Toronto can receive a 10% discount on Flex fares and up (not applicable for Tango fares). Please use promo code Z6ZEGXZ1 when booking flights. This offer is valid for up to seven (7) days pre/post symposium.

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Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport will provide preferred Single/Double room pricing ranging from $135.00 per night, excluding taxes.

To make your reservation, please call toll free 1-866-568-0059 and ask for group code "CEA"  To ensure availability, please book your room by September 8th, 2017.

Become a partner or sponsor the event

For sponsorship/partnership opportunities please contact Gilles Latour at 416-591-6300 ext 237 or email glatour@cea-ace.ca 




09:00 - 05/10/17
15:00 - 06/10/17


Holiday Inn International Airport and Conference Centre, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto

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