Global Conference to Bring Together Experts in Positive Education

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Educators, parents and social scientists have recognized a desire to better equip young people with the life skills for success. They are increasingly turning to positive education, which advocates that teaching well-being skills like empathy, open-mindedness, critical thinking, mindfulness and resilience, is crucial to equipping the next generation of global citizens with the skills they will need to thrive. Research has shown that these adaptable, teachable skills enhance academic learning.

The World Positive Education Accelerator: Second Festival of Positive Education + Appreciative Inquiry Summit (WPEA) in Fort Worth, Texas, will bring together the inspiration and ideas of more than 1,500 innovators in education, psychology and business to further the impact of the positive education movement. Through a partnership between the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) and Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, this global event will build on IPEN's second Festival of Positive Education with the facilitative methodology of Appreciative Inquiry. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to turn inspiration into action by participating in a unique, hands-on interactive three-day Appreciative Inquiry Summit. The team from Champlain's David Cooperrider Center is enthusiastic about how the Appreciative Inquiry process can contribute to real, measurable change. Participants will have the opportunity to turn inspiration into action by using a strengths-based and task-focused design-and-build process to identify opportunities for success.

"By bringing a large group of influential people together who touch the system in different ways, inspired teams will assemble around a number of different initiatives, and those teams will have the collaborative power and resources to accomplish their goals," explained Lindsey Godwin, director of the Cooperrider Center. "In positive education, those initiatives could include developing curriculum and teacher training programs, determining how to best measure and track effectiveness, exploring how to incorporate technology, making the workforce case for positive education, driving policy change and more."

Building on the research of thought leaders like Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and David L. Cooperrider, Ph.D., WPEA aims to change the face of international education by giving students and teachers research-backed strategies that are known to lead to happier, healthier, flourishing people and institutions.

As a life-long researcher and practitioner in the fields of global education and public policy, IPEN's Executive Director Emily Larson explains, "IPEN's overall goal is to create paradigm shifts in the education systems from focusing merely on academic achievement to creating a culture of well-being in school systems through the science of well-being."

Attendees will have the opportunity to turn inspiration into action. Appreciative Inquiry creates real, measurable change through its methodology-bringing a large group of influential people together who touch the system in different ways, assembling inspired teams around multiple initiatives, and encouraging teams to combine their collaborative power and resources to accomplish their goals.

In positive education, those initiatives could include developing curriculum and teacher training programs, determining how to best measure and track effectiveness, exploring how to incorporate technology, making the workforce case for positive education, driving policy changes and more.

Visit www.wpea2018.org for a full list of speakers and sessions and to register for the conference.

(above) David Cooperrider and Lindsey Godwin of the Center for Appreciative Inquiry at the Champlain College's Stiller School of Business. 

Champlain's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry is the global Center of Excellence in Appreciative Inquiry and strengths-based organizational management. Based in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, it offers a full range of educational programs, research, AI certification and custom collaborative learning partnerships for companies and organizations of all types. It is the only academic-based center in the world that focuses directly on Appreciative Inquiry and its implications for Positive Organization Development and management. Businesses and organizations that have used AI include British Airways, NASA, Verizon, and John Deere. 

Learn more at https://www.champlain.edu/appreciativeinquiry


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.