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…

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…

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…