After School for All! Guide For Leaders

The After School Sport and Arts Initiative (ASSAI) aims to support high-quality after school programs across British Columbia. With a focus…

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Meet Stephanie, DASH’s newest team member!

I have spent most in my life at school, either as a student or as a teacher. After I graduated from…

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Welcome to the NED show at Ranch Park Elementary! Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best!

On Friday May 30th, 2014, Ranch Park Elementary School in Coquitlam hosted their annual Health Conference. This year, the theme of the conference was ‘Heart, Mind, Body, Soul’. The health conference is a school-wide event where students participate and engage in various workshops related to health and well-being.

The conference started off with a keynote presenter from the NED Show. NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Aside from being incredibly entertaining, the NED show was highly positive and motivating. The NED show inspires students to become champions at school and in life through character development. It was clear to see how much students and staff enjoyed the presentation!

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A Year in Review for DASH

We can achieve more together than we can on our own.

It has been another incredible year! We have made so much progress in the last 9 months and have continued to mature as a leader in promoting healthy schools. We want to thank everyone who played a role in contributing to our growth, as we cannot do this alone.

At DASH, we believe “it takes a village to raise a child”; and the village is only the beginning. As we continue to move forward to create healthier schools, we realize it is important to sustain this effort in a meaningful way by working together to achieve our vision of each student realizing their full potential.

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Unique Relationship Between DPA and Teacher Collaboration

One would think there was little to no relationship between daily physical activity and teacher collaboration time; however, you might want to think again. Several schools in the Coast Mountain School District have found a unique way to bring the two together. Last week, I met Principal Mark Newberry from John Field Elementary School in Hazelton, BC. He told me the story of how his whole student population starts each day, led by student leaders in the gym dancing and moving for 30 minutes of daily physical activity. While students get active, teachers take time to collaborate on their three school goals, literacy, culture and social responsibility.

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Shaping the Future: inspiring children and youth to be healthy learners

This week our colleagues in Alberta at Ever Active Schools held their 5th annual Shaping the Future Conference. Like our Healthy Schools Leadership Conference, now in its 8th year, (save the date it will be held Monday May 5th), the conference brings together a wise mix of people considering how best to inspire children and youth to be healthy learners.

The pre-conference session hosted by Alberta’s Healthy School Community Wellness Fund was organized by the stages of the healthy schools process. In the “create a shared vision” stage, Bill Gordon took the time to remind us why we specifically were participants at the conference.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Sustainable School Effectiveness

I’ve just returned full of reflection from my experience at ICSEI 2014 (International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement). The theme this year was “Redefining Education, Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century: The Past, Present, and Future of Sustainable School Effectiveness”. Together with colleagues Paige Fisher, VIU and Lynn Brown, HSN leader and SD 68 teacher, we were welcomed and greeted sincerely by the people of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Their gentle presence inspired us as we were invited to join individuals from 37 countries to seek diverse perspectives and commonalities of problems and solutions.

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Comprehensive School Health in Action

We talk about Comprehensive School Health (CSH) quite a lot here at DASH. It is mentioned in our resources, our blog posts, and pretty much everywhere else. Sure, you understand that CSH is a holistic, whole school approach to health, but what does it really look like?

Comprehensive school health encompasses the whole school environment with four inter-related pillars; relationships and environments, teaching and learning, community partnerships, and our school policies. When these pillars are addressed together, students are supported to realize their full potential as learners and healthy members of society.

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Healthy Food Zones

I recently read an article about a “Healthy Food Zone” ordinance possibly being put in place in Austin, Texas for 2016. Fast food restaurants and other retailers of unhealthy food options would be banned from opening in areas surrounding Austin schools, parks, recreation centres, libraries, and child care centres in an effort to fight childhood obesity. Although probably very difficult to put in place, I found this to be a very interesting idea. How would this impact students and schools? Would it be beneficial? Should we be thinking about implementing a similar plan here in Canada?

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Connecting Nature and Playgrounds

When does a badger hole contribute to the healthy development of children? There is a growing body of evidence that connects healthy child development and exposure to nature. Never was this truer than at Chief Matthews School in Old Masset, Haida Gwaii where students and the school community have a vision for a natural playground and nature trail at their school.

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