Category Archives: Articles of Interest

15 Aug

High Performing Schools are Virtuous Schools

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In this article, Auburn South Primary School Principal, Marcus Wicher, argues that values have long held centre-stage in schools as the guiding lights that lead towards the development of a positive organisational climate and culture. While these espoused values provide schools and organisations with guidance around the preferred ways to behave and act, they can
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15 Aug

Positive Psychology: A Pathway to Principal Wellbeing and Resilience

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School principals generally experience high levels of stress, burn-out, physical and verbal abuse, and lower levels of wellbeing. In this article, Auburn South Primary School Principal, Marcus Wicher, argues that positive psychology therefore needs to be part of the solution to what is a very serious health and wellbeing issue for school principals and the
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24 Jul

Teacher well-being and resilience: Podcasts as a tool for global reach

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Teachers are under increasing pressure inside and outside the classroom, at work and at home. There is a growing need for resilience training and tools to help increase teacher wellbeing. As part of their global support for teachers, IPEN approached PESA Director and Ravenswood School for Girls Principal, Anne Johnstone, and her team of fellow
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15 Jun

The benefit mindset: The psychology of contribution and everyday leadership

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In this article, Ashely Buchanan and Margaret Kern explore the significance of mindset in shaping a future of greater possibility. One’s mindset reflects personally distinguishable attitudes, beliefs and values, which influence one’s ability to learn and lead, and to achieve and contribute. Bringing together two areas of research – a “being well” perspective from positive
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05 Jun

Emotional Agility, by Lisa Boudreau, A21 Academic and Athletic Private Academy, Canada

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In this article, Lisa Boudreau from PESA member school, A21 Academic and Athletic Private Academy, in Ontario, Canada, argues that, in the face of increased curricular expectations placed on students coupled with the rapid decrease in internal motivation, drive, or desire by students to learn, emotional agility is a predictor for future mental wellness, achievement
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09 May

Visible Wellbeing™ in schools: The powerful role of instructional leadership (AEL, Vol 39, Issue 1 March 2017)

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Professor Lea Waters explains her Visible Wellbeing approach, integrating the three separate fields of positive education, visible thinking and visible learning. This article discusses how instructional leadership, although traditionally focussing on how teacher practice can improve academic outcomes, can also be applied in assisting teachers to boost another equally important outcome for students – wellbeing.
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09 May

Evidence-based coaching to enhance senior students’ wellbeing and academic striving

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This study examined the impact of an evidence-based within subjects coaching intervention within an Australian high school. Participants (25 female high school students aged between 15 and 16 years) showed a significant increase in wellbeing, and a significant decrease in depression, anxiety and stress.
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11 May

Contemplative Education: A Systematic, Evidence-Based Review of the effect of Meditation Interventions in Schools

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Educational Psychology Review: Schools need reliable evidence about the outcomes of meditation programs before they consider if and how such programmes can influence learning agendas, curriculum and timetables. This paper reviewed evidence from 15 peer-reviewed studies of school meditation programmes with respect to three student outcomes: well-being, social competence and academic achievement.
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30 Jan

Positive education and the new prosperity: Australia’s edge

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Martin EP Seligman: In two words or less, what do you most want for your children? If you are like the hundreds of Australian parents I’ve asked, you responded, “happiness, confidence, contentment, balance, good stuff, kindness, health, satisfaction… and the like”. In short, well-being.
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30 Jan

An Applied Framework for Positive Education

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The increasing momentum of the Positive Psychology movement has seen burgeoning research in positive mental health and adaptive functioning; a critical question is how this knowledge can now be applied in real-world settings. Positive Education seeks to combine principles of Positive Psychology with best-practice teaching and with educational paradigms to promote optimal development and flourishing
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