POSITIVE EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM, SYDNEY

A deep dive into essential wellbeing science, skills, and practice

Sydney, 9-11 October 2019

The Institute of Positive Education continues to work with world-leading researchers and with schools and educators all over the world. This brand-new Symposium showcases some of the most important science, skills and practice that we have learned and gathered over the last ten years in working with educators from over 1,200 schools. Participants can chose from a range of deep-dive workshops by leaders from the Institute of Positive Education within the daily themes of Nurturing Learners (Day One), Optimising Performance (Day Two) and Enhancing Learning (Day Three). Each day will also start with an inspiring keynote from one of our Friends of the Institute: Suzy Green, CEO, The Positivity Institute; Matthew Johnstone, Wellbeing Author and Illustrator; Dana Kerford, Founder, URSTRONG.

See below for more details of the individual workshop streams. Participants are welcome to attend 1, 2, or all 3 days of the Symposium. Three day tickets are available at a discounted rate.

DATE, LOCATION AND COSTS

9-11 October 2019: Sydney, NSW

St Andrew's Cathedral School

Sydney Square
474 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Bookings close 25 September.
1 day ticket:$412.50 AUD including GST

3 day ticket: $1089.00 AUD including GST 

Please note participants will need to specify their workshops at time of booking. Due to space restrictions the numbers will be capped for each workshop.

SCHEDULE AND WORKSHOP STREAMS

Registration will be available from 8.30am each day, before a keynote presentation at 9.00am. Participants will be able to choose one from three workshop streams (topics vary depending on day, see below), before coming together for a final plenary which will all participants to share their own experiences.

Day One: Nurturing Learners

Morning Keynote: Matthew Johnstone, Wellbeing Author and Illustrator 

Participants can then choose from one of the following deep-dive workshops:

  1. Raising resilience in the classroom  
     
    What would your classroom look like if all students were prepared to take risks with their learning?  What if all students were able to effectively learn how to seek help when faced with a challenge?  
     
    Many unhelpful myths surround the universal concept of resilience. In this deep-dive workshop, after debunking such myths, the latest revelations of brain science will be explored to show how every student can learn skills and knowledge to show courage and resilience when facing challenges.  The latest science of resilience including the critical relationship between stressors and resources will be discussed along with a range of practical tools to assist students (and teachers) to regulate their emotional thermostat. 

  2. Fostering and leveraging mindset in the classroom  
     
    What are the protective factors of a fixed-mindset which a student needs to overcome? How does ‘deliberate practice’ relate to fostering a growth-mindset?  
     
    Whilst many educators are aware of the benefits of fostering a growth-mindset in their students there are many nuances which need to be carefully considered.  In this deep-dive workshop participants will explore emerging research and understanding that is helping to evolve pedagogy and practice. Key concepts will include the relationship between grit and mindset, the shadow-side of a growth mindset, the protective-side of a fixed mindset, nurturing a growth mindset in different aged students, and leveraging older students to foster growth mindsets in younger students.   

  3. Teaching wellbeing science effectively in the primary classroom 
     
    In what ways can wellbeing be taught, caught and sought? How can High Impact Teaching Strategies be used to effectively teach the science of wellbeing?  
     
    In this deep-dive participants will have the opportunity to analyse and deconstruct the process involved in creating explicit primary Positive Education lessons. They will be given a lesson analysis tool that can be used as part of a curriculum auditing process, as well as a primary lesson plan from the Institute of Positive Education’s new Positive Education Enhanced Curriculum (PEEC).  An insight into the 24 developmentally scoped wellbeing modules which make up PEEC will be shared with participants. 

Day Two: Optimising Performance

Morning Keynote: Suzy Green, CEO, The Positivity Institute

Participants can then choose from one of the following deep-dive workshops:

  1. Positive Sport – Foundations for peak performance 
     
    How can we do our best to ensure sport is a ‘positive’ experience in every young person’s life? How do the foundational wellbeing elements of relationships and health underpin sporting performance? 
     
    Throughout this deep-dive workshop, you will have the opportunity to try activities and techniques designed using the latest research from psychology, neuroscience and kinesiology with goals of optimising performance both individually and across a team.  Participants will explore team communication models, connection and wellbeing science through the lens of sporting participation and performance.  Ways to tailor and individualise wellbeing skills and strategies to meet the needs of all players will be shared.  This workshop is suitable for teachers who have some involvement in sport and volunteer coaches all the way through to experienced, credentialled coaches. 

  2. Harnessing character science to grow wellbeing and performance 
     
    What changes when teachers and students know and action their character strengths? How can knowing your signature strengths help you face and overcome difficulty? 
     
    This deep-dive workshop covers the three As of Character Strengths – Awareness, Appreciation and Application.  Embedding a common language of ‘what is right’ with us can radically transform individuals and communities.  This workshop is designed for teachers who have introduced the common language of character strengths into their school environment and are now looking for additional, authentic ways to action and embed strengths into their life and their teaching. This workshop will be underpinned by opportunities to share success stories to enhance implementation, along with key takeaways to mitigate against mistakes. 

  3. Utilising brain breaks and mindfulness to optimise engagement 
     
    How can teachers create a dynamic classroom environment where positive teacher-student interactions occur on a regular basis? What is the impact on student learning with the artful implementation of activities to energise and connect, or calm and focus, your students?  
     
    This hands-on deep-dive workshop will introduce and describe both Brain Breaks and Mindfulness, and ways in which you can successfully integrate these strategies into your classrooms. We will delve into an overview of the relevant research and explore the associated physical and psychological benefits. Participants will engage in a range of different activities and practices. They will also be given a sample from the Institute of Positive Education’s ‘Brain Breaks’ and ‘Mindful Moments’ books to take home. An opportunity will be provided for participants to collaborate and share their own tried-and-tested ideas. 

Day Three: Enhancing Learning

Morning Keynote: Dana Kerford, Founder, UR STRONG

Participants can then choose from one of the following deep-dive workshops:

  1. Priming Flow – Transforming classrooms through the science of peak engagement 
     
    What happens in our brain and what happens to our performance when we experience peak engagement? How can we generate the preconditions of ‘flow’ in our classrooms to optimise performance and engagement? 
     
    Scientists are just beginning to understand the mechanism behind the amazing state of consciousness known as flow. Flow refers to moments in our day when we are completely absorbed in an activity, when we are intrinsically motivated and pushed to our limits, when our experience of time is distorted and we ‘become one’ with the task. In states of flow, aspects of our mental and physical performance are massively enhanced. In this Deep Dive, participants will explore the latest science of flow and learn related strategies that can be harnessed by teachers to help transform a student’s classroom experience.

  2. High-Quality Connections – Powerful strategies to amplify relationships 
     
    How can we connect with our colleagues, students and parents in a way that is life-giving? What would be the impact on your school if relationships were built on ‘high-quality’ connections? 
     
    This deep-dive workshop involves a practical and experiential exploration of Professor Jane Dutton’s research on creating pathways for nurturing high-quality connections in your classroom and in your school.  Defined as ‘short-term positive interactions at work’, high-quality connections (HQC) can transform culture and performance.  Specific activities will be introduced which promote ‘task enabling’, ‘respectful engagement’, ‘trusting’ and ‘playing’. Given that students (and teachers) succeed when they feel that they belong, prioritising and enabling high-quality connections is an essential ingredient of any learning environment. 

  3. Teaching wellbeing science effectively in the secondary classroom 
     
    How can teachers help to shape well-rounded young adults who are well-equipped for life? Which High Impact Teaching Strategies have the greatest impact on our wellbeing lessons? 
     
    In this deep-dive workshop participants will have the opportunity to analyse and deconstruct the process involved in creating explicit secondary Positive Education lessons. They will be given a lesson analysis tool that can be used as part of a curriculum auditing process, as well as a secondary lesson plan from the Institute of Positive Education’s new Positive Education Enhanced Curriculum (PEEC).  An insight into the 24 developmentally scoped wellbeing modules which make up PEEC will be shared with participants. 

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