Professional Development


Wellness in the Classroom Series

This Wellness in the Classroom Series provides educators with the science, theoretical frameworks and practical strategies to support students with learning differences in developing healthy wellness habits that facilitate learning.

This series of four sessions (each three hours long) provides interactive practice and templates that support students to develop skills such as self-regulation, resilience and a growth mindset to navigate school and life successfully.

Fall Series: Monday, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 28 and Dec 5, 2022, 6:00 – 9:00pm (remote via Zoom)

Spring Series: Monday, Jan 9, 9:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday, Jan 21 and Feb 4, 2023, 9:00am – 12:00pm (in-person at Fraser Academy, 2294 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC)

Cost: $525 regular price, $470 early bird price (if registered three weeks prior to start date)

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Application deadline is one week prior to start date

Fall Series: Session 1
November 7, 2022, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Remote via Zoom

Spring Series: Sessions 1 and 2
January 9, 2023, 9:00am - 4:00pm
In-person at Fraser Academy

Session 1: Positive Psychology and Positive Education

What helps students become optimistic and resilient? Students with dyslexia often struggle with learning, so they need support to develop the skills to learn how to struggle well. This three-hour session provides you with an overview of the field of positive psychology and the science of human flourishing. Learn a framework for Positive Education that also serves as a recipe for all students to flourish in the classroom. Leave with ready-to-apply skills for managing stress and boosting positivity for yourself and your students.

Participants will learn to:

  • Explore the well-being continuum and what it means for the classroom
  • Experience resilience and happiness promoting activities for personal and classroom use
  • Understand how to leverage the power of emotions in the classroom
  • Identify the mechanisms by which we can undo stress in real-time
  • Understand the 6 pathways (PERMA-V) to flourishing and tools to support their development

Fall Series: Session 2
November 14, 2022, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Remote via Zoom

Spring Series: Sessions 1 and 2
January 9, 2023, 9:00am - 4:00pm
In-person at Fraser Academy

Session 2: Promoting Resilience

Resilience is one the most important life skills a person can possess, especially students with dyslexia who regularly face challenges in the learning environment. It is the capacity to work through adversity and pursue one’s goals despite obstacles. This three-hour session provides an overview of the science of resilience, identifying it as a buildable skillset and mindset. Participants will learn to spot the signs of distress and how to manage stress within themselves and help their students do the same. Simple cognitive strategies are introduced for helping individuals cope in real-time.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand what resilience is and why it matters
  • Redirect stress before it becomes distress
  • Practice 3 simple approaches for training resilience in real-time
  • Apply basic physical movements to down-regulate the stress response
  • Work with practical reframes for judging judgments which would otherwise lead to overwhelming feelings

Fall Series: Session 3
November 28, 2022, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Remote via Zoom

Spring Series: Session 3
January 21, 2023, 9:00am - 12:00pm
In-person at Fraser Academy

Session 3: Promoting Strengths

Since the days of Aristotle, people have been driven to understand what it means to live a good life. Over the past 30 years, scientists have uncovered the ingredients that support learners to flourish personally, academically, and socially. Understanding how to lead from strengths is of particular importance to students with dyslexia, who often struggle to learn using conventional methods. In this three-hour session, discover the 24 strengths of character and how to help children know, show and grow their strengths. Learn to have strengths-based conversations, embed strengths into curricula and implement activities to bring out the best in ourselves and our young people.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the origins of a strengths-based approach
  • Explore using basic strengths research in the classroom
  • Understand the role strengths play in overcoming challenges
  • Implement ready-to-use strengths-based activities

Fall Series: Session 4
December 5, 2022, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Remote via Zoom

Spring Series: Session 4
February 4, 2023, 9:00am - 12:00pm
In-person at Fraser Academy

Session 4: Promoting a Growth Mindset

What supports learners with dyslexia and language-based learning differences to flourish? Mindset. Researchers confirm that holding a growth mindset is a prerequisite for ongoing development. How is a growth mindset achieved? And most importantly, how do we detect and redirect when students are developing a fixed mindset about their capacity? Join us for this three-hour overview of the science of mindset: where it comes from and how to shape it. Learn practical, ready to apply strategies for helping children view failure as feedback, value effort and persist in the face of setbacks. Use these skills to help all learners drive towards success and academic tenacity.

Participants will learn to:

  • Distinguish between a fixed mindset and growth mindset
  • Identify how to support learners to shift from negative judgment mode and into learning mode
  • Offer constructive feedback that motivates learners
  • Utilize simple techniques for developing a growth mindset and maintaining student’s openness to learn.
  • Identify how to sustain curiosity in students as they generally lose it overtime
About the Trainer

Erin Kline, M.Ed, MBA Executive Director, FAx

Erin Kline, M.Ed, MBA, Certified Positive Educator
Executive Director, FAx

Erin Kline is the Executive Director of Fraser Academy’s Outreach Center. As a member of the BC Ministry of Education’s Program Assessment Team, Ms. Kline contributes to the review of quality standards and practices of teacher training programs in BC. Ms. Kline holds an MBA in Executive Management, a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies, and is a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor. She is passionate about ensuring all children have an opportunity to be successful learners, and educating teachers on how to support the 1 in 5 students with language-based learning differences.

About the Trainer

Cindy Dang, MEd, RCC, Certified Positive Educator, Director of Counselling at Fraser Academy

Cindy Dang, MEd, RCC, Certified Positive Educator
Director of Counselling

Cindy Dang is a teacher, Registered Clinical Counsellor, and the Director of Counselling at Fraser Academy. Ms. Dang implements support systems and continuously strives to provide tools and strategies for student success. She is passionate about seeing students grow, develop, and learn how to thrive, and helping other educators to do the same.

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Our trainers are certified by The Center for Positive Education to provide these sessions.

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Application deadline is one week prior to start date