8 – 9 April 2019

Tuesday 9 April | 8:30am

Building Principal and Staff Wellbeing: Important Factors in Building Whole-school Wellbeing


Dr Denise Quinlan

Dr Denise Quinlan contributes to the development of wellbeing in education and the workplace through her research, programme development and face-to-face consulting and training. She founded the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience with fellow academics to ensure the promotion of wellbeing was backed by rigorous scientific evidence. She has published in international journals on positive psychology, resilience and well-being. The developer of a successful classroom-based strengths programme that positively influences student well-being, engagement for learning, relatedness, and class climate, Denise works with schools in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She also researches university student well-being, and lectures in strengths-based team development. Denise has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where she studied and subsequently worked alongside positive psychology thought leaders Professor Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich. As part of the UPenn team she delivered resilience and well-being programmes to educators in the UK and Australia (including Geelong Grammar and St Peters Adelaide in Australia, and Wellington College in England). Her PhD from the University of Otago, Dunedin, broke new ground in development and understanding of strengths-based approaches in schools. Denise is a Research Fellow at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, a lecturer on the Executive Masters of Positive Leadership and Strategy at IE University Business School, Madrid, Spain, and delivers an ASQA accredited Diploma of Positive Psychology for LGI in Australia.

Tuesday 9 April | 8:30am

Educator wellbeing: The critical factor in building whole school wellbeing

Staff wellbeing is an integral part of building whole-school wellbeing. As leaders and educators we influence the wellbeing and culture of our schools, and teacher wellbeing is strongly related to student learning and wellbeing. We hope that identifying the organisational benefits of staff wellbeing can help motivate busy principals and teachers to prioritise their own wellbeing. Burnout affects those most deeply invested in their careers, for whom work is an important source of meaning – that includes principals and teachers. In this presentation Dr Quinlan and Dr Hone emphasise the protective nature of wellbeing and will share strategies to build wellbeing and keep burnout at bay. They will also introduce a wellbeing planning approach, for all educators, that places personal wellbeing within a framework of systemic and school factors, as well as sharing strategies for addressing these factors, and underlining the important role of peer support and accountability in sustainable wellbeing change. 

This free session for Principals highlights the importance of Principal wellbeing - not only for the individuals concerned, but also for effective school leadership, and the ability to support and lead staff wellbeing. We know burnout affects those most deeply invested in their careers - for whom work is an important source of meaning – making NZ Principals at risk. This session shares strategies to protect wellbeing and avoid burnout. It will also introduce a wellbeing planning framework that supports principals to work with staff to identify and address school-level wellbeing factors. 

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