Mastermind - WE Well-being - Summer, 2019

WE Well-being pilot

The WE Well-being pilot combined experiential service learning, social and emotional skills and mental health literacy to promote well-being for students in grades 4-6.

When asked about their first year in WE Well- being... 88% of educators said their participation has benefited them professionally. 85% of educators said their experience was positive or very positive. 80% of educators said they personally used the things they learned through the program to support their own well-being.

We have successfully completed stage one of the WE Well-being pilot. The pilot was developed in collaboration with leading experts and world-renowned organizations to bring the cutting-edge science of well-being into classrooms across Canada and the United States. The WE Well-being pilot involved over 200 schools and impacted more than 7,000 students. The inaugural program was developed for students in grades 4-6. Modules focused on unpacking social and emotional learning, mental health literacy and the brain science behind mental health research. Thanks to the WE Well-being curriculum, educators identified increased empathy, self-awareness, leadership and improved self-image and confidence as the top areas of growth for their students participating in the pilot. The pilot also enabled us to collect data and feedback crucial to the ongoing development of theWEWell-being program. One key takeaway was that 88% of educators requested access to resources online, which has allowed us to leverage technology to scale professional learning.

Spotlight: Research and Monitoring & Evaluation Partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) We are currently in the process of developing a robust research partnership with UBC. This will include a multi- site formative evaluation to gather data from educators on their overall impressions and program feasibility. We will also use interviews and post-implementation teacher/student surveys to gather qualitative evaluations of the program. Finally, we will partner with UBC to evaluate the efficacy of the program in promoting our stated outcomes, to test howWE Well-Being produces significant changes in student social and emotional well-being.

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