Nurturing People of Passion: Perspectives from Positive Psychology

Are you looking for ways to improve overall staff wellbeing and reignite teachers’ innate passion? This session is designed to help educators and leaders apply positive psychology principles and coaching tools to enhance staff well-being and performance. Participants will learn about the importance of a strengths-based approach and will discover practical ways to nurture their people of passion.

Dean Clayden

Head of Primary Support, Wellington College China

Safeguarding on the ground: what prevention and response looks like in schools

Many people use the terms “child protection” and “safeguarding” interchangeably, but in fact, child protection is the responsive arm of the big umbrella of safeguarding, which includes prevention. Join Mark who also serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Safeguarding Collaborative, to walk you through frameworks of policies & procedures, response systems, reporting structures, staff recruitment and onboarding, interviews and inquiries, and single central records. All of which should be a part of the comprehensive safeguarding program at your school.

Mark Hevland

Director, Risk Management, International School Bangkok

Anchoring Instruction in Social and Emotional Learning

This session provides teachers with hands-on, ready-to-go SEL activities for their classroom. Designed to be integrated into your current classroom practices, SEL doesn’t have to be an ‘extra’ or ‘add-on’, but rather can be alongside your current curriculum, greatly enhancing learning regardless of the subject area you teach. Learners who have strong classroom connections, feel high degrees of psychological safety, and can self-regulate, learn MORE! Integrated SEL not only enhances learning in your classroom but also promotes a culture of care in your community.

Brenda Perkins

Middle School Counselor, International School Bangkok

The brilliant basics toolkit for pupil wellbeing.. and more.

This presentation provides an overview of fundamental principles of pupil wellbeing, including personal, social, and emotional development. Attendees will learn about contributing factors such as pupil voice, social relationships, physical activity, and emotional regulation. Practical tips will be shared on how to support pupil wellbeing, including curriculum practice, progression, and balance using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The presentation will also discuss the importance of laying foundations before advancing to more advanced needs and strategies for collaboration between schools and families. This session is ideal for educators looking to review their pupil wellbeing provision.

Matthew Rosolemos

Class teacher and Head of Pupil Wellbeing, Wellington College International Hangzhou

Matthew Coleman

Head of Primary, Wellington College International Hangzhou

The Benefits of Mindfulness in Education

In our 45 minute presentation, participants will receive a basic definition for mindfulness in education and great results in students’ ability to focus, to concentrate and to have empathy. Tangible results vary across special needs students, competitive sports, art, drama, community service and successful university admissions (20 minutes). In the second half, participants will select from a variety of case studies (25 minutes) led by our teachers under topics such as mindfulness for a) special needs b) classroom techniques c) mental health and d) competitive sports.

Gift Nisanart Dharmageisirattana

Director, The American School of Bangkok’s Green Valley Campus