The Great Meetings: a training tour for teaching staff to create a positive school climate

As of the start of the 2015 school year, organizations dedicated to the fight against violence and bullying will jointly offer training to workers in the school network throughout Quebec.

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As of the start of the 2015 school year, organizations dedicated to the fight against violence and bullying will jointly offer training to workers in the school network throughout Quebec.

 Photo: Émilie Bierre, spokesperson for the Jasmin Roy Foundation (CNW Group / JASMIN ROY FOUNDATION)

The project " The Great Meetings », Set up by the Jasmin Roy Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MEESR) and the Donor Network for Peace, brings together many partners from the education network and organizations that are involved in various ways in creating a positive and caring school climate. These organizations and partners, who are dedicated to the fight against violence and bullying, will jointly offer training to workers in the school network.

The Great Meetings will contribute to the training of teachers, school administrators and school workers in Quebec through a two-day meeting tour spanning three years in the seventeen regions of Quebec. The training days will begin in 2015-2016 and end in spring 2018.

Towards educational interventions aimed at the development of prosocial skills

As indicated in the press release issued by the Jasmin-Roy Foundation upon the announcement of this project, “violence and intimidation arise, among other things, from relationship problems, to which relational responses must be provided, in particular by means of 'educational interventions aimed at the development of prosocial skills. To build on the development of a positive school climate, we must choose interventions that will allow all young people to learn to live better together, the perpetrators of acts of violence or bullying to better meet their needs, students targeted by these gestures to assert themselves better, and young witnesses to develop their feeling of compassion towards others. This is how we build a caring community. All of these skills can be learned through socio-emotional learning. "

In addition, a growing body of research shows that social and emotional skills play a vital role in being a good student, becoming a good citizen and finding a place in the world of work. These studies also reveal that many risky behaviors (e.g. drug use, violence, bullying and dropping out) can be avoided or that the risks can be reduced when we aim to develop students' social and emotional skills in a holistic manner. and long term (Durlak et al., 2011). Socio-emotional learning, developed over the last few years in the field of education, aims to acquire skills and competences which take on all their importance in school.

A logical follow-up to the Anti-Bullying Forum

The Great Meetings respond to concerns and needs expressed during the Anti-Bullying Forum held by the Prime Minister on October 2, 2014, where it was requested in particular to support and accompany the communities and to make known good practices. By promoting healthy relationships, respect for others, social responsibility and the exercise of citizenship among our children and youth, we can reduce violence and bullying in Quebec.

First Nations elementary and secondary schools will also be invited to take part in the Great Meetings in order to discuss best practices to adopt, but also to acquire tools that will allow them to prevent and intervene in cases. violence and intimidation specific to their reality.


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