Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Monday, April 8 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Catalytic Conversation: How the Lens of Positive Education Maximizes Impact of Service Initiatives

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Schools invest significant resources into experiential philanthropy. Despite this, there has been scant evidence demonstrating that this type of experiential learning has quantifiable impacts on students’ learning or their personal development.

This session will demonstrate how using the Institute of Positive Education’s evidence-based model for wellbeing as a lens for planning, delivering, and reflecting on current service initiatives will broadly increase positive impact on students and faculty.
In its most basic essence, our model can be thought of as a road map of what people want for themselves, their students, and their children: a sense of purpose and meaning, the accomplishment of worthwhile goals,moments of complete immersion and absorption, good health, frequent positive emotions, supportive relationships, —a life where a person uses their strengths in ways that support the self and others, and that has flourishing at the heart.

Through the lens of this model we will explore how developing a schoolwide wellbeing language, engaging in meaningful service opportunities, and reflecting in a specific manner will deliberately enhance the impact of current service initiatives and help you make informed choices around future philanthropy and service.

Positive Relationships: explores the importance of connectedness and strong relationships for wellbeing.

Positive Emotions: service creates opportunities for school communities to experience and savour positive emotions such as joy, love, gratitude and hope. We endeavour for all staff and students to be able to initiate, experience, prolong, and build positive emotions in their lives.

Positive Engagement: helps students and staff to experience complete immersion in service activities through understanding the nature of engagement, the pathways to it, and the impact it has on individual wellbeing. Positive Accomplishment: growth through striving for and achieving meaningful outcomes, enabling both students and staff to strive for goals that are both highly rewarding to the self and of benefit to the wider community.

Positive Purpose: explores understanding, believing in, and serving something greater than the self and deliberately engaging in activities for the benefit of others. It encourages students and staff to draw on their character strengths in ways that contribute to the welfare of others and the wider community.

Positive Health: supporting students and staff to develop sustainable habits for optimal physical and psychological health.


Justin Robinson

Director, Institute of Positive Education
Justin Robinson, M.Ed. MACE, is the inaugural Director of the Institute of Positive Education, based at Geelong Grammar School. He leads a team dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Positive Education through research and providing training for other educators. As a passionate... Read More →

Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT