FOCUS ON: Culture of Caring

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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 to the changing conversation in … Read More

COMMUNITY: Changing the Conversation About Bullying

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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 adults in Alberta think that … Read More

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

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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 Stuart Shanker There are certain unmistakable signs of when a child doesn’t feel safe: the child is very withdrawn and subdued; emotionally volatile; overly anxious; highly impuls­ive; inattentive, or easily distracted.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 to think seriously about what … Read More

FOCUS ON: What’s New in the Education Act

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by Caroline Missal, MEd, Project Manager at Safe and Caring Alberta’s new Education Act passed in the Legislature on December 10, 2012, and is expected to come into effect in time for the 2015/2016 school year. Under the existing School Act, school boards must provide a safe and caring environment. The Education Act takes this a step further, providing a … Read More

GUEST POST: Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of Young People!

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Guest Post by: Lana Wells, Brenda Strafford Chair & Safe and Caring Special Advisor As defined by CASEL, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) “involves the processes through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive … Read More