MASTER CLASS - BODY OF EVIDENCE

MAIN STAGE KEYNOTES

PARALLEL STREAM - A LIVING LIBRARY OF POSITIVE EDUCATION IN ACTION

PARALLEL STREAM - STRONGER, SAFER; BRIGHTER, BOLDER

PARALLEL STREAM - SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNINGCHOOLS

PARALLEL STREAM -WHOLE SCHOOL WELLBEING

PARALLEL STREAM - BUILDING HEALTHY SCHOOLSION

Does homework really improve learning? Do school grades predict career success? Can rewards ever increase motivation? Does EQ matter more than IQ? Does absenteeism lead to poorer school performance and does practice really make perfect?

In 2015 the majority of Australian schools understand the importance of nurturing social and emotional competencies. Teachers Australia wide are leading the world in their desire to help kids thrive at school and grow up happy and well. They understand the need to help improve the social and mental health of young people and to help them develop a love of life long learning.

Still, despite our best intentions, there remains much confusion as to the best way to do all this. How do we optimally support kids in achieving wellbeing and a positive learning experience? It can be all too tempting to embrace the latest ‘educational trend’ or simply follow the social norm. But what do we do when the suggestions we are given seem confusing or contradictory?

This presentation examines some of the most hotly debated and contentious ideas about the psychology behind teaching and learning; and asks “what is fact? And what is fiction?”

About Helen

Originally from the UK, Dr Helen Street has a background in applied social psychology and youth mental health. She has worked extensively in Australian schools since 1999. Her work exploring wellbeing, engagement and motivation in young people has been presented internationally in academic journals and in the popular media. Helen’s ideas have been met with international acclaim and have been endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 'brown eyes blue eyes' creator Jane Elliott, among many others.

Helen is an adjunct research consultant for the health department of WA's Centre for Clinical Interventions and an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Graduate Education at The University of Western Australia. She appears on frequently on Australian TV and radio and writes regularly for Educational publications including Western Teacher magazine and The Positive Times (www.positivetimes.com.au). Helen is also the author of several books and book chapters and co-editor, with Neil Porter, of Positive Schools first book, ‘Better Than OK’

Helen is one of the original creators of The Positive Schools conferences in addition to being a regular host and presenter at the events. The incredible success of the events is a satisfying reflection of her passion to bring positive education to all Australian schools.

Helen lives with her husband and three daughters in Perth, Western Australia

MYTHBUSTING EDUCATION

HELEN STREET

 

 

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