How can we focus on what’s best and what’s working well for Māori students in school?

Associate Professor Melinda Webber has focused her career on telling the good stories that other people ignore. She has shone a light on what’s working well for Māori students – their strengths and what’s helping them succeed. She also shines a light on the pockets of excellent culturally responsive practice she finds in schools. Melinda…

Coaching for Whole-school Wellbeing — with Professor Christian van Niewerburgh

Can coaching be about whole-system change as well as individual support? In this interview with Denise Quinlan, Christian van Niewerburgh explains why coaching is not an indulgence – at its heart, coaching is about being able to support the wellbeing of others. Christian values the range of ways coaching can support wellbeing in education: teachers…

Teaching Health — An Essential Part of Whole-school Wellbeing — with Dr Katie Fitzpatrick and Kat Wells

How can we use the Health Curriculum in schools to teach students about individual and collective wellbeing? Dr Katie Fitzpatrick and HPE leader Kat Wells talk to Denise about Mental Health Education and Hauora – their HPE curriculum resource for NZ schools. They explain how important HPE is for building wellbeing literacy and why ‘educative’…

How Coaching can Support Wellbeing — with Clive Leach

Why should we value and endorse a coaching culture in schools? In this interview, Clive and Denise discuss the overlap of organizational coaching and positive psychology. A growing body of research demonstrates that coaching conversations can support performance and wellbeing. Clive believes that giving people an opportunity to consider a preferred future is a powerful…

Strengths-Based Resilience — with Dr Tayyab Rashid

Low down: Dr Tayyab Rashid, developer of the Strengths-Based Resilience program for school and university students, and author of the Positive Psychotherapy Clinical Handbook talks to Denise about implementing wellbeing work in schools. He emphasises the importance of schools adapting programmes to their context – of adapting and interpreting the work for their students. His…

Cultural Responsiveness — with Dr Brenda Dobia

Why does paying attention to culture matter for Wellbeing? In this episode, Denise and Brenda discuss how families and schools can work together to build a resilient context for community members. Internal resources are only part of the equation for strengthening wellbeing and resilience. Brenda argues that we need to think about wellbeing in terms…