Abstract submission deadline for Engaging Education Pre-conference: February 28, 2018

Contributing to the
"Positive Education Intervention Fair":

We are also delighted to introduce a new, engaging presentation form of interventions, which we call "An Intervention Fair". This space will enable participants to move between stations/booths, activities, and posters, while interacting with the contributors.

Interested contributors are invited to propose diverse, creative kinds of stations such as: presentations/videos which will be presented continuously on screens, games/toolkits, interactive presentations, exercises which have been conducted in formal/informal education settings etc.

If you are interested in contributing to the intervention fair:

Please send a brief abstract (300 words or less) introducing the background, intervention, population, outcomes, and requested way of presentation (e.g., video/game/exercise/poster etc.). Please add a brief bio (up to 50 words) with your professional background.
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Contributing to individual sessions:

If you are interested in contributing to one of the sessions listed below, please send a brief abstract (200 words or less) introducing the background, intervention/research, and outcomes/results/conclusions, to the relevant session leader. Please add a brief bio (up to 50 words) with your professional background.

Session leaders:

Meaningfulness/purpose and engagement in schools
Pninit Russo-Netzer
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The Science and Art of Mindfulness in Education: Initiatives, Outcomes and Challenge
Bryndís Jóna Jónsdóttir
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Character strengths in the context of positive schooling: Focusing on students and teachers
Marco Weber & Claudia Harzer
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Building resilience - lessons for engagement
Tamie Ronen
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Organizers:

Sue Roffey
Sue Roffey
University of Exeter, UK
Western Sydney University, Australia
Short Bio Publications
Denise Quinlan
Denise Quinlan
New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience, New Zealand
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Positive education programs and research have been established in schools and universities around the world. But how far have the benefits of positive education reached children in disadvantaged communities attending state-funded schools? To what extent are the practices of positive education effective when implemented in these communities? How can positive education make a difference for distressed, difficult and defiant students – and their teachers? What adaptations need to be made for diverse cultural contexts?
This session has two purposes: 1. to share how positive education is working in low SES and disadvantaged communities – successes, challenges, and advice for similar schools. 2. to consider how positive education can be more accessible and appropriate for these schools and communities.

Led by Dr Sue Roffey and Dr Denise Quinlan, this interactive workshop will feature 5-minute headline presentations from up to 5 disadvantaged/low SES schools on current wellbeing work. This will be followed by a forum to share participant’s experiences and discuss how access to positive education can be spread more widely.

If you would like to share the work your school is doing please send a two-paragraph summary of the work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. addressing:

  • How you got started? Support/funding
    1. What work have you done?
      Whole school/part school
      working with teachers/students/community?
  • How is it working?
    1. Successes
      Challenges
      Cultural appropriateness
  • The big learning you want to share with another school like yours?

Organizers:

Bryndís Jóna Jónsdóttir
Bryndís Jóna Jónsdóttir
University of Iceland, Iceland
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Nimrod Sheinman
Nimrod Sheinman
Israel's Center for Mindfulness in Education, Israel
Short Bio
Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
University of Haifa, Israel
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This Pre-Conference Pannel will examine how Mindfulness-based methods can be integrated into classes, school cultures, teachers' training and kindergartens. We'll explore and investigate up-to-date initiatives, models and outcomes. We'll provide important updates and discuss how to apply mindfulness and contribute to children's self-efficacy, resilience, mental health and wellness. Emphasis will be placed on the integration and application of mindfulness-based strategies to enrich children's life, and the implications for child psychologists, educators, teachers, parents, and teachers of teachers. We'll explore the synthesis between positive psychology, mindfulness, education and teaching for the 21th Century.

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Session leaders are:

Marco Weber
Marco Weber
Ph.D., Department of Psychology
Technical University Darmstadt
Germany
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Claudia Harzer
Claudia Harzer
Ph.D., Department of Psychology
Technical University Darmstadt
Germany
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This session will assemble contributions on the role of character strengths in the context of positive schooling focusing on students and/or teachers. Although students’ and teachers’ engagement is of special interest, contributions in this session are not limited to this specific correlate of character strengths. Hence, contributions are welcome that combine (1) character strengths (cf. Peterson & Seligman, 2004) with (2) a student/teacher characteristic indicative for positive schooling (e.g., student/job engagement, academic/teaching self-efficacy, school/job satisfaction, school achievement/job performance, etc.). All in all, the session is planned to be comprised of short presentations on (1) research findings, (2) research agendas, and/or (3) research plans in order to evaluate the idea that students’ and/or teachers’ character strengths play a significant role in the broader context of positive schooling. A special emphasis will be given to the discussion of practical implications and applications.

In case you are interested, please send a brief abstract (200 words or less) introducing your contribution (e.g., background/agenda/plans, intervention/research, and/or outcomes/results/conclusions) to us (contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), latest until February 15, 2018. Please add a brief bio (up to 50 words) with your professional background.