“Connect the Dots” Between Health and Education
Make your school community the best place to learn, work and play with three outstanding Resources for students in grades 7–12.
- Wellness: A Question of Balance – An Educator Resource
- Teens and Transition: A Teacher Guide
- Teens and Transition: A Parent Guide
The Resources provide a complete health and wellness curriculum. They include lesson plans with activities, handouts and self-assessment tools. The Resources can easily be adapted for use with elementary students, adults, and community partners.
For use by:
- School counselors
- School psychologists
- Support staff
- School social workers
- Health promotion specialists
- Public health nurses
- Community partners e.g. parks/recreation staff, police liaison officers, businesses
Download handouts that explain the Resources and their benefits:
Your books appear to be very accessible to teachers, parents and students; as well as from my perspective, an excellent fit with the redesigned curriculum in BC. With the new focus on competencies in our schools – most notably the 3 core competencies (Thinking, Communicating and Personal & Social), I believe these could be invaluable resources to teachers. There is also a great fit with the new Physical and Health Education curriculum.
Pat Duncan, November, 2019
Superintendent of Learning, BC Ministry of Education – retired
Elements of a healthy school community
A healthy school community is one that improves and protects the health of everyone.
To serve more students and to better address the needs of all, a comprehensive approach makes sense.
Comprehensive school health is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way.
Dr. Kate Storey, a researcher from the University of Alberta, has compiled a list of the essential conditions to successfully implement a comprehensive school health approach.
These Resources support and enhance the essential elements of a healthy school community!
The Resources have been designed, tested and revised by a seasoned educator.
Why Use These Resources?
Our students face severe challenges such as:
- Disordered eating
- Alcohol abuse
Safeguard not only vulnerable youth, but also all youth.
Be proactive by adopting a system-wide approach that involves everyone in the navigation of complex issues.
Engage students in making decisions about their own health.
Partnerships that promote healthy and safe behaviors should be part of the fundamental mission of all schools.
Grit, curiosity, self-control, social intelligence, zest, optimism and gratitude are examples of healthy children’s mental health. Learn how to instill grit.
From the website description your resources appear to be a good fit with our re-designed PHE curriculum, particularly the resource “Wellness: A Question of Balance.” The Transition Guides might also be of interest.
Joan Kloss, June 2019
Learning Resource Evaluation Co-ordinator, Surrey School District
Resources for a Whole School Approach
Three resources dovetail with a whole-school approach. These resources have concrete, clear, adaptable lesson plans and activities that can reverse even the most difficult situations that face a school community.
They are for use in the classroom, for work with parents, teachers and community partners.
- Wellness: A Question of Balance: An Educator Resource (Grade 10 to adult)
- Teens and Transition: A Teacher Guide (supports the move to high school and during the first year)
- Teens and Transition: A Parent Guide (helps parents and their teenager develop a capacity to manage the move to high school)
Learn about the author and the development of these resources.
Create a legacy and ensure a healthy future for all
Benefits of the Resources
- A common vision is created
- Responsibilities are shared
- Services are linked
- Knowledge and skills gained maximize health and well-being
Use of the resources has provided benefits that pay close attention to resiliency and asset development, self-efficacy, sense of belonging and connection to the school community, health literacy, and personal responsibility. Read some testimonials from more than 30 years of use.
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