News Topics: Education (K-12)


Promoting Mental Well-Being Through Social-Emotional Learning in Schools: Examples from British Columbia

This research points to the importance of school-led social and emotional learning in promoting positive mental health. The paper highlights the multi-faceted approach undertaken in British Columbia over the past decade to promote positive mental health through social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools. SEL has been implemented in school curriculum, recently in MORE

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Bill S-228 (Child Health Protection Act): amend the Food and Drugs Act

The rate of childhood obesity in Canada has been rising steadily in recent decades and being overweight or obese impacts the mental health and well-being of children, as well as other aspects of their lives. There is unequivocal evidence that the marketing of unhealthy foods and sugar-sweetened beverages has a negative impact MORE

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Inclusion BC report: Stop Hurting Kids II

 Inclusion BC released their report, Stop Hurting Kids II: Restraint & Seclusion in BC Schools, containing the results of their provincial survey of parents and guardians of students with special needs. The report reveals that restraint and seclusion are still being routinely used instead of positive behaviour support programs in MORE


Watch BC School Superintendent Teresa Downs on White Privilege Campaign

Superintendent of Schools for the Gold Trail School District, Teresa Downs, presented at the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance 2018 High Ground: Communities for All event in March 2018. Her speech about the district’s experiences and responses to their White Privilege Campaign was incredibly moving and inspiring. The speech MORE

Child and Youth News of the Week

CTV News: Parents hoping to see reduced daycare fees may have to wait CBC News: Basic income pilot not coming to B.C. until at least 2020, despite Green-NDP pledge News Wire: Canada and the Métis Nation move forward on Canada-Métis Nation Accord Vancouver Sun: Questions leave child care providers leery of B.C. fee reduction MORE

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Letter of Petition Calling For Restoration of Quality Arts Education

The Parent Advocacy Network (PAN) sent the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education a researched letter of petition signed by 73 parent and community advocacy groups, university arts educators and arts professionals calling attention to the dramatic decline in access to K-12 arts education across BC. Education in the arts MORE

Child and youth news of the week

CBC News: Ottawa to increase funding for First Nations child welfare services National Observer: B.C.’s budget calls for momentous change in housing, childcare CBC News: Record check misses ‘shocking revelations’ in B.C. Children’s Ministry file Global Newswire: BC Supreme Court grants Huu-ay-aht mother more access to her newborn The Tyee: MORE

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Chilliwack Board of Education asks trustee Barry Neufeld to resign

Following the Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council’s call last month for Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld’s resignation in response to his public attacks on provincial LGBTQ curriculum, early last week the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association passed a motion of non-confidence against the Chilliwack Board of Education, citing inaction following controversial comments Neufeld MORE


Research Highlights from UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership

A selection of research highlighting by HELP this month provides a crucial window into the impact of the classroom environment on children and youth. Check out an article by Oberle E., Schonert-Reichl K. called Stress contagion in the classroom? The link between classroom teacher burnout and morning cortisol in elementary school students here. To learn MORE

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BCCPAC backs Chilliwack parent advisory council chair Justine Hodge

BCCPAC has issued a letter of support to Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Chair Justine Hodge offering support and expressing that it is “deeply disturbing that a letter writing campaign has been initiated” against her personally in response to a letter the DPAC sent to the Chilliwack Board of MORE


Child and youth news of the week

Surrey Now-Leader: An ongoing struggle with poverty CBC News: High school graduation rates up for Indigenous, special needs students Huffpost: Discriminating against the poor is illegal, should change CBC News: JJ Bean gives Ontario minimum wage to staff because it’s the right thing to do CBC News: Free daycare for low income families announced for MORE

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Minister Shane Simpson’s Response to 2017 Child Poverty Report Card

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson has written to First Call in response to the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card. The letter notes creation of a poverty reduction strategy is part of his ministry’s mandate, and that this will address key First Call issues that include housing, MORE