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Sunday, June 16th 2019 - Monday, June 17th 2019

Flourish: Positive Education Conference

Professor Lea Waters PhD and David Mochel, keynotes
presented by Ridley College

Learn. Connect. Be Inspired.

Sunday, June 16th & Monday, June 17th, 2019
Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario

Flourish will be a unique gathering of educators from across North America and Europe. This event will serve as an exciting opportunity to advance the understanding of Positive Education, to share promising practices and to connect to a global movement dedicated to wellbeing and achievement.

What is it Positive Education?
Positive Education is the manifestation of the emerging science of Positive Psychology in schools. It aims to equip students and educators with essential life skills, knowledge, habits and attitudes that are the foundation of leading a flourishing life. Positive Education unites human flourishing with academic excellence as complementary aims of education.

Location: Situated in the beautiful Niagara region at Ridley College

Hosts: Hosted by Ridley College in partnership with the Canadian Positive Psychology Association.

Sponsors: We are grateful to our conference sponsors; The Flourishing Center, Positive Education Certificate and Go Zen!

Audience: Designed for educators, researchers and practioners interested in Positive Education and wellbeing in K-12 schools and higher education.

Conference Rate: $250 CAD

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Lea Waters (Ph.D) is a published author, professor, internationally-celebrated speaker and one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. As a University researcher, Lea turns her science into strength-based strategies to help organizations, educators and parents around the world build resilience in their employees and children, helping them to thrive.

Lea is the President of the International Positive Psychology Association, serves on the World Happiness Council’s Council of Happiness & Education, and is the founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, where she’s worked for more than 20 years. Lea helps parents, educators and organizations make a small switch that makes a big difference in overall wellbeing.

In her book, The Strength Switch, Lea says that the strength-based approach gives us the power to live the good life by drawing on our most abundant inner resources (our strengths!). The Strength Switch was named one of the top reads for 2017 by Greater Good Magazine, one of the top five best books on happiness for children by Five Books, the top new release in the parenting category on Amazon, and has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese, Hungarian, Arabic, Russian, Spanish and French.

Lea is passionate about helping people all over the world make the Strength Switch. Her Positive Detective and Visible Wellbeing programs are being used by schools worldwide.

Lea has been featured in The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and more. As a researcher, she’s published more than 100 scientific journal articles.

For over thirty years, Dave Mochel has been focused on the foundations of wellbeing, healthy communities, and leadership. After a twenty-year career teaching courses in well-being, leadership and neuroscience in independent schools, Dave founded Applied Attention Coaching and Consulting to help individuals, teams, and organizations focus their attention and energy where it will make the greatest positive difference. Using principles drawn from modern scientific research and enduring wisdom, Dave has had the opportunity to work with leaders, executives, educators, and athletes all over the world. Perhaps the most powerful aspect of his work is how accessible and applicable everything is that he teaches.

Dave has degrees in biology and geology from Williams College, a Master’s in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz, and a clinical internship in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Invited Speakers:

Louisa Jeweell, MAPP
Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, MAPP
Greg Evans, PhD
Juan Arenas
Tamara Lechner
Afroze Anjum, Psy.D., C.Psych
Samantha King
David Tranter, PhD
Jason Dorland
Robyn Meagher


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