RESOURCE: Self-Regulation Toolkit

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Self-regulation is the ability to manage your own energy states, emotions, behaviours, and attention, in ways that are socially acceptable and help achieve positive goals such as learning, maintaining good relationships, and achieving well-being. Safe and Caring has partnered with The MEHRIT Centre and Dr. Stuart Shanker–one of Canada’s foremost experts in self-regulation–to develop a series of resources to help … Read More

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES: Anxiety is the Worst

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by: Logan Peters Anxiety is the worst. Anxiety is a monster that eats away at its victims and haunts those who think they’ve shed it’s torment. Quite dark, I know. But this is my relationship with anxiety. I think everyone struggles with an anxiety monster at some point in their lives. Anxiety can come in many forms; it’s different for … Read More

CHAMPION PROFILE: Mark Ramsankar, President of the ATA

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator Mark Ramsankar is a true champion for Alberta students, teachers and school staff. Mark has worked in the field of education since 1986. Prior to his election as ATA President in 2013, he served variably as a teacher, Assistant Principal and President of the Edmonton Public Teachers Local. Throughout his career, Mark’s focus has been … Read More

GUEST POST: Using your WITS – Creating responsive communities for the prevention of peer victimization

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Guest Post by: Paweena Sukhawathanakul, University of Victoria It takes a community to prevent bullying and promote healthy relationships. The WITS Programs unites schools, families, and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization. The WITS acronym stands for “Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, and Seek help.” The program provides younger children … 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