Posts By: safeandcaring

FOCUS ON: Supporting Alberta’s Homeless Youth This Season of Caring

December’s Guest Perspective is by: Rohan Nuttall, Director of “Through My Eyes” and Youth Advisor to the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities. Rohan is also the 2014 recipient of the HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Youth Impact Award (Northern Region). Cozy fires, freshly wrapped gifts, the sweet aroma of pine… Read more »

FOCUS ON: Culture of Caring

by: Susan Hopkins, Ed. D, Executive Director of Safe and Caring The conversation is changing. As we continue to work towards making our schools and communities safe, caring and inclusive places for every child and youth in Alberta, the landscape is shifting away from anti-bullying, one-size fits all and zero-tolerance approaches. Safe and Caring is contributing… Read more »

YOUTH PARTNERSHIPS: Reframing the Word “Bullying”

by: Dada Alice Mwemera and Ben Tsang, Youth Engagement Coordinators “Bullying” is a word without much strength behind it today. In the past, I have personally shared my concerns about bullying with an adult and their reply would often be “it will get better,” “it is part of growing up,” or “sometimes you just don’t… Read more »

CHAMPION PROFILE: Dr. Kris Wells

by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator As a champion for diversity, equity and human rights in schools, Dr. Wells is a true advocate for bringing research to practice to build more vibrant, respectful and caring schools and communities. He is a celebrated researcher, a founding member of and special advisor for Safe and Caring, co-founder of Camp… Read more »

COMMUNITY: Changing the Conversation About Bullying

by: Susan Hopkins, Ed. D., Executive Director The issues of bullying and safety in schools are a serious problem. Despite the fact that over 47% of Canadian parents report having a child that was a victim of bullying & Alberta youth report bullying as one of the most significant problems they face today, 1 in 3… Read more »

COMMUNITY: National Bullying Awareness Week, Resources for Teachers

Did you know that Alberta’s new Education Act recognizes National Bullying Awareness Week (NBAW)? National Bullying Awareness Week is always the third week of November and it’s fast approaching! What is your school community/district doing to recognize NBAW and start the conversation about creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments? We know the only effective way to create… Read more »

CHAMPION PROFILE: Dr. Christina Rinaldi

by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator Dr. Christina Rinaldi is  a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. In addition to being a registered psychologist and respected researcher in the area of child and adolescent social emotional development, she is also a valued member of Safe and Caring’s Board of Directors. What we at… Read more »

CHAMPION PROFILE: Introducing Susan Hopkins, Ed.D., Executive Director of Safe and Caring

Guest Post by: Dr. Nancy Gibson, medical anthropologist and Senior Researcher with CIET Susan Hopkins joined the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities as Executive Director in August 2014. As the new Executive Director of Safe and Caring Schools & Communities, Susan brings a rich range of experience to her position. With degrees in… Read more »

FOCUS ON: Expanding our Understanding of the Meaning of “Safe” by Dr. Stuart Shanker

Guest Post by: Dr. Stuart Shanker There are certain unmistakable signs of when a child doesn’t feel safe: the child is very withdrawn and subdued; emotionally volatile; overly anxious; highly impuls­ive; inattentive, or easily distracted. Or bullying other children. It’s this last sentence that should make us suddenly sit up and realize that we need… Read more »