Positive Education Summit 2018

The World Positive Education Summit 2018

WHAT IF?

  • What if every student could understand and appreciate their own unique strengths and the strengths of others?
  • What if they learned how to be resilient in the face of adversity?
  • What if every student could build positive emotions and grow strong relationships?
  • What if they could think, communicate, and act in creative and effective ways?
  • What if they could identify what drives them and explore meaning and purpose in their lives?

They would change the entire world.

What if we built a strong education system where students gained both an academic foundation and a foundation of character strengths from which they could launch a future of dignity and fulfilment, wherever they find their passion?

We can.


Become an active participant in revolutionizing how we educate children.

The World Positive Education Accelerator: 2nd Festival of Positive Education & Appreciative Inquiry Summit

June 25-28, 2018 | Fort Worth Convention Center | Texas

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WHAT?

Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry in the Stiller School of Business and the International Positive Education Network (IPEN)—a leading global network dedicated to the advancement of positive education around the globe—are teaming up to bring together the best researchers and the best practitioners to answer the question:

"How can we activate tools and create systems that lead to a flourishing society where everyone is able to fulfill their potential and achieve both success and well-being?" 

HOW?

Champlain College received a $1 million gift from the Stiller Family Foundation in 2016  to launch the Cooperrider Center's planning and convening of a Positive Education Summit that will use Appreciative Inquiry to accelerate positive education from early childhood on up. This led to the Cooperrider Center partnering with IPEN.

The result is The World Positive Education Accelerator 2018: a powerful three-day event will bring together 1,000+ stakeholders from over 20 countries in a co-creative process to help set in motion a strategic portfolio of 12 - 20 major  impact initiatives to accelerate positive education practices across the globe.

WHY?

  • By 2030, depression and mental health problems will be among the most widespread and costly diseases in the developed world.  
  • Promoting resilience can prevent depression, anxiety, and conduct problems in young people.
  • Promoting character strengths, relationships, and meaning can nurture curiosity, creativity, engagement in school, and social skills such as cooperation, assertiveness, and self-control.
  • Non-cognitive skills have been shown to be at least as important for educational and labor market success as cognitive skills like numeracy or literacy.
  • To the extent that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to lack these skills, teaching them has the potential to close achievement gaps  Schools provide an ideal setting to cultivate these skills in a cost-effective manner

Research shows that students with a healthy sense of well-being not only learn more effectively, but they also have more success later in jobs, lead healthier lives, become lifelong learners and  avoid risky behaviors.

The hope is that participants attending the 2018 conference will launch initiatives that will transform early childhood, K-12 and higher education systems into strengths-based, fully human and deeply developmental organizations, that are great places to work, and can deliver on the mission of helping each child become the best version of themselves.

WHO?

The World Positive Education Accelerator: 2nd Festival of Positive Education & Appreciative Inquiry Summit is for people who want to change the world by changing the future of education. Including:

  • People in the positive psychology field
  • Researchers
  • Practitioners
  • Academics
  • People in education fields
  • Anyone interested in the mission of creating strength's-based educational systems that can help each child become the best version of themselves

Reserve your place at The World Positive Education Accelerator: 2nd Festival of Positive Education & Appreciative Inquiry Summit

June 25-28, 2018 | Fort Worth Convention Center | Texas

Register to Attend