Psychological Capital as a Wellbeing Model — with Mike Anderson

What does PsychCap look like in schools? In this episode, Denise and Mike discuss the value of using the Psychological Capital framework in an educational environment. The acronym H.E.R.O. represents the four pillars of this model: Hope, Self-Efficacy, Resilience, Optimism. Mike believes HERO overlaps significantly with John Hattie’s work, particularly in regards to teacher and…

How Restorative Practices Can Contribute to School Wellbeing — with Greg Jansen

How Restorative practices can contribute to school Wellbeing — with Greg Jansen   In this interview, Greg Jansen and Denise discuss how restorative practice is an integral part of wellbeing – supporting relational connection. Greg’s longstanding history with schools means that he understands how long it takes to embed a restorative culture (listen to find…

The Battle Against Boredom in Schools — with Mette Ledertoug & Nanna Paarup

How do we battle boredom in the classroom? Research has shown one in four Danish students were very bored often or most of the time in school. Mette Ledertoug and Nanna Paarup are challenging this status quo, asking: ‘How can we expect to create lifelong learners if we turn so many students off learning in…

Positive Education Leadership — with Charlie Scudamore

Q: How can leaders embed sustainable wellbeing change? In this interview, Denise talks to Charlie Scudamore, a visionary educator and Vice Principal at Geelong Grammar School who has been leading wellbeing in his community for over 10 years.  Charlie reveals how positive psychology was introduced at his school and the lasting benefits of creating a…

The Mahi: Cultural Responsiveness in Schools — with Nathan Riki

Q: How can schools reflect the bicultural nature of Aotearoa? In this interview, Nathan and Denise discuss strategies, ideas and ways to help Māori students and staff thrive in schools. The Treaty of Waitangi guarantees participation, protection and partnership for Māori in all important areas of life. Nathan’s work is committed to helping schools build…

How Strengths-Based Approaches Support Wellbeing — with Dr Denise Quinlan

What’s right with people? In this interview, Adrienne and Denise discuss strengths – defined as things we do well and enjoy doing. Engagement, performance, collaboration and relationships are all positively influenced by strengths. Humans are better at recognising threat than reward which is why we need to practice spotting strengths in ourselves and others. Denise…

Whole-school Wellbeing from a Coach’s Perspective — with Clive Leach

How do different schools address wellbeing? In this interview, Clive and Denise discuss harnessing ‘positive deviance’ in schools to move towards Flourishing. Clive explains why it’s important to acknowledge teachers who are already doing a lot to grow student wellbeing, and to help staff understand the research around wellbeing and resilience. Engaging staff and students…