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It’s been a busy fall for the Knowledge Network for Student Well‐Being (KNSWB). We participated in a number of presentations and conferences, including “Well‐being: A Key to Success” sponsored by the Canadian Education Association, the Healthy School Communities National Forum, the PREVNet Biennial Conference, and the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario. Our colleagues from the KNAER Secretariat assisted at several of these meetings both by sharing information about our activities and gathering e‐mail addresses for their new quarterly newsletter.

We recently had the first in what we hope will be a series of fruitful conversations with representatives from several areas concerned with well‐being in the Ministry of Education. The meeting was led by Suzanne Gordon, Acting Director of the Policy Priorities and Engagement Branch, Indigenous Education and Well Being Division. We shared updates on our communities of practice and our research partner, the Offord Centre for Child Studies.

We talked about how the KNSWB could most effectively contribute to the well‐being initiatives that are happening at the Ministry of Education. Our first conversation talked about the “what” of well‐being as being derived from the community consultation conducted by the Ministry, and informed by the well‐being measures currently under development. The “how” of well‐being is the primary focus of the knowledge network as it identifies evidence‐based and implementation sensitive practices. The network should promote these best practices, and explore effective ways to implement those practices across school boards and schools. On‐going communication will be key for the success of this work. 

We have continued supporting the work of our communities of practice (CoPs) in a number of projects and discussions. Following the recent Cross‐Network KNAER meeting, we facilitated a meeting between the Réseau de Savoir sur l’Équité | Equity Knowledge Network (RSEKN) and the Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO), which is our community of practice for equitable and inclusive education. The SPNO has focused on inequity related to poverty, while the RSEKN is focused on inequity due to gender and sexuality, refugees and newcomers, racism, disability, and minority languages. Their initial discussions focused on building relationships and sharing the work they have undertaken or planned. The Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition has solicited presentations from our network and other relevant researchers for their upcoming conference March 26 & 27, 2018. The theme is “Integrating Health and Learning: Roles, Relationships”, and the KNSWB will be supporting on‐going discussions there about developing synergies between our communities of practice. Details at: http://www.ontariohealthyschools.com/

We have continued to support School Mental Health ASSIST to roll‐out the resource “Leading Mentally Healthy Schools”, which they co‐created the OPC, CPCO, and ADHO. The network facilitated the printing and distribution of the resource package, and SMH ASSIST is gathering feedback from their network of mental health leads and Superintendents on how various Boards are developing implementation plans. This project has highlighted the value of working with a network of local leaders, and we are actively identifying and exploring other similar networks.