12 Feb The 1st Positive Education Seminar Series (21-22 November, 2014)
Co-organized by Bei Shan Tang Foundation and the Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong (“CityU”), we were proud to first introduce professional training courses by Geelong Grammar School to Hong Kong education practitioners in November 2014, a period when Positive Education was at an early stage of development in the community.
Three prestigious trainers, Mr. Charlie Scudamore, the vice-principal of Geelong Grammar School (“GGS”), Mr. Justin Robinson and Ms. Janis Coffey, Director and Associate Director of the Institute of Positive Education in GGS were invited to deliver two full-day trainings, respectively entitled “Designing Positive Education” and “Embedding Character Strengths”, with the aims to provide an overview of Positive Education, to introduce the science of Positive Psychology and the empirical backups to Positive Education, and the key features of well-being within school context.
The first day of training, “Designing Positive Education”, mainly focused on the whole-school approach of promoting well-being GGS, their implementation footprints, and the model of “Learnt it, Live it, Teach it, Embed it”. The second day training, and “Embedding Character Strengths”, aimed to foster participants’ understanding on how to establish a strength-based approach to facilitate positive relationships, improve academic learning and enhance school culture. Participants learnt and exchanged their ideas about teaching practices and Positive Education through classroom teaching.
We were most excited to know the positive feedbacks from more than 140 participants attending both two days of training. Most of them expressed keen interests in further training opportunities in Positive Education to learn more about the practical experiences of GGS throughout their implementing journey.