PANEL DISCUSSION – PLAYING THE LONG GAME TO EMBED WELL-BEING IN ALL OUR CLASSROOMS
Taking a system change approach to sustainably address student and staff well-being
All young people deserve to be in school environments that support their well-being. For that to happen, we need to move beyond one-off efforts: every teacher and school needs to have the capacity and conditions to take on this role in a sustainable fashion. This requires long-term change – shifting culture, structures, priorities, and practices of schools and the education system at-large to better incorporate social and emotional well-being as a key role. This session will offer three expert perspectives on a systems change approach to promote well-being in schools: one focused on staff well-being, one on leadership and organizational conditions, and one on elements of an integrated approach.
“Staff and student well-being are an increasing concern for teachers, school leaders and governments alike. Ideas for projects and tools can be helpful in addressing issues in the short term, but if we want long term change, we need to understand the complexity of these issues and learn how to build sustained capacity.” – Dr. Kathy Short