6-7 April 2018


Friday 6 April | 12:45pm

STRENGTHEN YOUR SCHOOL: HOW TO IMPLEMENT A STRENGTHS APPROACH IN SCHOOLS FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF WELLBEING

Saturday 7 April | 1:30pm
HOW CAN WE MAKE WELLBEING IN SCHOOLS MORE CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE?

Dr Denise Quinlan

Dr Denise Quinlan contributes to the development of wellbeing in education and the workplace through her research, programme development and face-to-face consulting and training. She founded the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience with fellow academics to ensure the promotion of wellbeing was backed by rigorous scientific evidence. She has published in international journals on positive psychology, resilience and well-being. The developer of a successful classroom-based strengths programme that positively influences student well-being, engagement for learning, relatedness, and class climate, Denise works with schools in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She also researches university student well-being, and lectures in strengths-based team development. Denise has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where she studied and subsequently worked alongside positive psychology thought leaders Professor Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich. As part of the UPenn team she delivered resilience and well-being programmes to educators in the UK and Australia (including Geelong Grammar and St Peters Adelaide in Australia, and Wellington College in England). Her PhD from the University of Otago, Dunedin, broke new ground in development and understanding of strengths-based approaches in schools. Denise is a Research Fellow at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, a lecturer on the Executive Masters of Positive Leadership and Strategy at IE University Business School, Madrid, Spain, and delivers an ASQA accredited Diploma of Positive Psychology for LGI in Australia.




Friday 6 April | 12:45pm

STRENGTHEN YOUR SCHOOL: HOW TO IMPLEMENT A STRENGTHS APPROACH IN SCHOOLS FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF WELLBEING

Embedding a strengths focus in your school can bring benefits that include improved engagement, relationships, school climate, inclusion and respect for diversity.  Denise will share the evidence for working with strengths, and discuss strategies for introducing and developing strengths knowledge. She will make the case that to effectively embed strengths in a school we need to support staff to deepen and apply strengths knowledge to their own teaching, and their ability to spot strengths in the full range of their students.


Saturday 7 April | 1:30pm

HOW CAN WE MAKE WELLBEING IN SCHOOLS MORE CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE?

We want to build wellbeing that responds to the needs of all our students and staff. Substantial work in NZ and elsewhere supports the view that cultural responsiveness is important for wellbeing as well as achievement. The panel will discuss key ideas and practical steps we can take to ensure wellbeing in schools is culturally responsive.

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