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Posted by Dave Samis on 2016-06-16 17:23

According to a recent report by Companies Committed to Kids (CCK), the most important factor to help a child's development is mental health. And, in a survey of over 1,000 Canadian parents, the CCK report "Taking the Pulse of Canada's Kids" reveals that parents are more concerned with their children's ability to be resilient - their ability to "handle life's ups and downs", "manage stress", and "cope with difficult situations" ranked higher on their list of concerns than bullying, nutrition, media influence or screen time. more

Posted by Elizabeth Greenwood on 2016-06-14 20:25

This week I started my Community Field Experience at the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education (DLC) in Vancouver. While it is an organization that is well known, and that makes a significant contribution to the community of social and emotional learning, the DLC operates with a small team of experienced educators, consultants, and non-profit experts. more

Posted by Nadia Valani on 2016-05-27 17:01

Just under ten months ago, I packed my bags in Toronto and made the big move across the country to Vancouver to start the Bachelors of Education program at UBC. Having studied French and English for over six years I felt I knew a lot and was well versed in the languages I would soon be teaching, but I knew very little of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Heart-Mind Well-Being. Excited and eager to start the program, all UBC teacher candidates undertook classes such as classroom support and inquiry, and quickly became familiar with the transition happening in BC to the new curriculum. But the true test for us all came in February when teacher candidates started their practicum at secondary schools throughout the province. more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2016-02-02 16:47

Since 2009, student teachers in Simon Fraser University’s Professional Development Program (PDP) International Teacher Education Module (ITEM) have completed their teaching practicums in Dharamsala, India, which is home to Tibetan refugees who live under the leadership of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. For the past two years, the student teachers have been fortunate enough to have an inspiring audience with His Holiness, who also makes his home in Dharamsala. more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2016-01-13 14:29

The New Year is often a time for setting goals and reflecting on the year that has just passed. It is a great opportunity to remember the good things that have happened in one's life recently, and to express gratitude for these things and the people who had a part in them. more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2016-01-06 12:03

We at the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education wish everyone a happy New Year and hope your 2016 is full of joy and compassion. We are looking forward to continuing our work to educate the hearts of children and promote Heart-Mind well-being in homes, schools and communities across British Columbia and around the world. Stay tuned for announcements about our Heart-Mind 2016 conference in October 2016, which will be focused on how to teach resiliency and develop the five positive human qualities of Heart-Mind well-being in the children we care for.    more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-10-22 11:49

Friday October 2nd, 2015 was the Regional StrongStart Pro-D Learning Together conference in Metro Vancouver. Eight Districts that included Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and West Vancouver promoted an area of interest to StrongStart Facilitators. In total, 98 facilitators attended the Conference. more

Posted by Dave Samis on 2015-10-08 13:33

As part of Healthy Schools Week, Oct 5-9, 2015, British Columbia’s Directorate of Agencies for School Health (DASH) launched an online School Connectedness Film Festival; publicly releasing videos developed by six school connectedness grantees in the province. The videos show examples of the strong practices and diverse approaches being used in BC schools and districts to support and improve the school connectedness and mental well-being of students. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2015-09-30 12:13

The digital world is constantly developing and changing, and our children have had the unique opportunity to “grow up online”, and are often more technologically savvy than their adult counterparts. But how has this impacted Generation Y? What role can mindfulness play with the Millennials? more