May 2023 Championing Wellbeing Webinar Series

The Werklund School of Education Office of Teaching and Learning and the Centre for Wellbeing in Education hosted the following series Championing Wellbeing, in May 2023.  This series featured presentations on wellness and well-being by members of the Werklund community. 

Thursday, May 11th, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Title: Streaking Out of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
Presenters: Astrid Kendrick & Theodora Kapoyannis
Compassion fatigue and burnout are workplace hazards for caregivers across the educational sector. Join our Championing Well-being workshop which will detail the resources and strategies needed at the organizational, workplace, professional, and individual levels to prevent and address compassion fatigue and burnout. We will also introduce streaking for well-being, a locally-developed workplace initiative that we integrated into field experience programming at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. 

Bios: Astrid Kendrick, EdD and Theodora Kapoyannis, PhD are both Directors of Field Experience at the Werklund School of Education in the undergraduate programs department. They are committed to improving the well-being of pre-service teachers through targeted initiatives.

Thursday, May 18th, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Title: Wellness Via Inspired Leadership
Presenters: Mary-Ann Mitchell-Pellet & Amy Burns

In this session, participants will take part in a reflective hands-on activity, to inspire wellness/wellbeing for self and others, using the Inspired Leadership Map Framework—an instrument used to develop heart-led and sustainable leadership.

Bios: Mary-Ann Mitchell-Pellet, PhD is a sessional instructor and Amy Burns, PhD is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. They are both the co-creators of the Leading with Heart program at Werklund and co-authors of the book, Leading with Heart: Enacting Self-Care, Collective Care, and Justice.

Thursday, May 25th, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Title: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic – Moving Forward with Teacher Wellness

Presenter: Lisa Taylor

In this webinar, Lisa will discuss her doctoral research which used a hermeneutic approach to explore teacher experiences of health and wellness during the pandemic. The implications from her research stand to benefit pre-service and in-service teachers and help all education stakeholders better understand teachers’ perspectives on individual and collective wellbeing in education.

Bio: Lisa Taylor is a PhD Candidate in the Werklund School of Education, studying teacher health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa is also a former K-12 physical and health education teacher and comprehensive school health leader in Alberta.