Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

Immigrant youth often experience a variety of barriers during their integration to the Canadian school system. Bullying is a problem in schools that can result in emotional, behavioural and social difficulties in youth. This research summary takes a closer look at the role that schools and educators play in supporting positive peer relationships between immigrant and non-immigrant youth.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-9
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

This research summary outlines a 2017 systematic review that examined the current literature to better understand what types of interventions can be implemented to increase standardized test scores in reading and mathematics of low SES students in elementary and middle school.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
Youth who are at greater risk for low academic achievement, low school attendance, low school engagement, and behavioural problems are often described as “at‐risk”. Left unattended, these problems can easily develop into substance abuse, criminal behaviour, and other long‐term anti‐social problems.
 
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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

This research summary was outlines a 2017 systematic review of the effectiveness of youth development interventions in promoting positive outcomes and reducing problem behaviours. The research finds that positive youth development interventions are a promising preventative technique for reducing harmful adolescent behaviour.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: All Grades, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

Poorer academic achievement has been correlated with lower student and school SES but scientific evidence establishing links between SES, school climate, and academic achievement has its limitations due to inconsistency of study methods and measurement instruments. A systematic review was therefore conducted to comprehensively examine the literature and evaluate whether positive school climate can mitigate achievement gaps between students and schools of different SES backgrounds.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

High school students are at higher risk of sleep deprivation due to their changing brain chemistry and increased time demands. This is a concern given that even mild sleep deprivation isvassociated with undesirable effects, including impaired learning, slowed performance, and memory loss. To address these negative outcomes, many school systems are considering delaying school start times to promote sufficient sleep for adolescents.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
This research summary was developed by the Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being (KNSWB). It outlines a 2017 meta-analysis of 82 school-based universal social and emotional learning programs. Findings confirm that the benefits of social-emotional learning have long-term effects for students in seven outcome areas.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: All Grades, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

Asthma is prevalent among youth, with significant morbidity and mortality reported worldwide. Most asthma‐related fatalities are avoidable, and therefore it may be important to increase asthma education for school staff given their frequent and long‐term interactions with youth. The overall aim of asthma education for school staff is to prevent asthma‐related fatalities among students, and to promote effective symptom management for improved child health and educational outcomes.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: All Grades, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

It is suggested that students with growth mind-set traits exhibit greater adaptive psychological behaviours (e.g. positive response to failure), and consequently higher academic achievement. As a result some educators have implemented growth mind-set interventions to help students achieve better grades and scores on standardized tests. Given the rise in funding for and interest in mind-set interventions, it is important to comprehensively evaluate the effectiveness of these programs on academic achievement, as well as the circumstances under which effectiveness is enhanced or diminished.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
Mindfulness‐based interventions have been broadly shown to be effective for a variety of psycho‐social problems, and may be effective with youth....many educators are choosing to include mindfulness exercises or practices as part of their classroom routines. A recent systematic review has examined what we know about some of the effects of mindfulness programs in school settings.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Equity & Diversity, Well-Being
Grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-9
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

A significant proportion of youth develop a mental disorder by adolescence, but most do not receive care. Children of racial and ethnic minorities are especially vulnerable, as they receive fewer and lower quality services. School‐based mental health interventions, where school staff assume frontline provider roles, represent a potential option to reduce these disparities.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: All Grades, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

Past research has demonstrated that self‐regulation is essential for the development and maintenance of health and well‐being in childhood and across the lifespan. Given the growing evidence of its benefits, there have been many interventions developed to improve self‐regulation skills in youth. A systematic review and meta‐analysis were conducted to assess the effectiveness of interventions that promote self‐regulation among 0‐19 year olds, in addition to the effects of such interventions on health and social outcomes.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
This research summary was originally developed by the E-BEST team of Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and has been updated by the Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being (KNSWB). It outlines a 2011 meta-analysis of school-based social and emotional learning programs. Findings show strong evidence that social-emotional learning has a positive impact on academic achievement. Based on the findings, successful approaches to programs are highlighted.

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Project Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

This research summary outlines a systematic review that sought to evaluate a range of school-based suicide prevention curricula. The review examined the efficacy and limitations of several existing suicide programs. Based on the findings, implications and recommendations are discussed.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

At present, no evidence conclusively supports the use of any one specific type of school-based intervention for suicide prevention. This research summary outlines a 2012 realist review (explanation rather than critique) that examined characteristics of interventions linked to a reduction in suicide attempts. Based on the findings, implications and recommendations are provided.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

Since professional development activities are vital to enhance skills and prepare educators for the demands of their profession this research summary from the Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being (KNSWB) looks at which features of professional development in-services produce positive educator and student outcomes.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

Child health and education are strongly related; healthy children tend to perform better in school, providing a foundation for improved health in later life. In response to the limited success of traditional health education approaches, the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) framework was developed in the late 1980s by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO Health Promoting Schools (HPS) framework is a potential mechanism to promote student health and well‐being by considering individual, school, and community contexts in tandem.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

Early childhood represents a critical period of cognitive and socio-emotional skill development. In an effort to promote children’s learning and educational potential, early childhood education (ECE) programs have been increasingly implemented in Western countries over recent decades. But can ECE lead to the improvement of children’s educational outcomes in middle childhood and adolescence?

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
Schools have long been seen as a primary source of health promotion programs for children. Current health promotion practices in schools include such topics as: alcohol consumption, drug use, smoking, obesity, physical activity, sex and relationship education, and well‐being. Recent reviews suggest that...

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report

 

Description:

There is growing pressure placed on educators to increase academic performance scores. This can translate into the perception that time spent in the classroom is more beneficial to academic performance, compared to time spent promoting and doing physical activity. This systematic review suggests that this perspective is flawed because providing opportunities for physical activity benefits academic achievement by improving school engagement.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

Depression is the most common mental health disorder, with high rates of onset during youth. A meta-analysis was conducted in 2017 to assess the overall impact of physical activity interventions on depression in children and adolescents. Understanding the potential of physical activity in reducing depressive symptoms provides implications for policy in school settings.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

The development of reading comprehension skills begins in childhood, and is essential for school and work success. The main outcomes assessed in the review are potential preschool predictors of later reading comprehension skills; 1) decoding (i.e. letter knowledge and phonological awareness); 2) linguistic comprehension (i.e. vocabulary and grammar); and 3) domain‐general cognitive skills (i.e. memory and nonverbal intelligence).

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Teaching Tips
Description:

PREVNet chose to officially launch its newsletter for educators on Pink Shirt Day 2018 because this day is such an important reminder for all of us to promote healthy relationships and be kind to one another. PREVNet is leading one of the four communities of practice (Safe and Accepting Schools), which are aligned with the four key elements of Ontario’s well-being strategy. These short newsletters will help share PREVNet's evidence-based resources and strategies for educators.
Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Teaching Tips
Description:

PREVNet is leading one of the four communities of practice (Safe and Accepting Schools), which are aligned with the four key elements of Ontario’s well-being strategy. This month's newsletter focuses on practical strategies for teachers to use when students exhibit challenging behaviours and the importance of teacher attunement.
Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Teaching Tips
Description:

PREVNet is leading one of the four communities of practice (Safe and Accepting Schools), which are aligned with the four key elements of Ontario’s well-being strategy. This newsletter addresses key language that is often misused in the media, by our leaders, in our everyday conversations, and in our schools. This issue explores the use of labels when talking about bullying, the role that educators play in promoting and modelling language related to bullying that supports healthy relationships; and the difference between bullying, aggression, and teasing.
Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

This is an outline of a meta-analysis that sets out to determine the effects of middle and high school-based dating violence prevention programs on teens' knowledge of and attitudes toward dating violence, rape myths acceptance, dating violence perpetration, dating violence victimization, and conflict tactics. Implications and recommendations for school-based interventions are highlighted.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

This research summary outlines the link between mental health and early school drop out. Findings add insight to reasons why students leave school early and the implications for educators and stakeholders in youth's academic achievement.

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

A meta‐analysis was conducted in 2017 to evaluate the effectiveness of universal school‐based ‘resilience’ interventions on tobacco, alcohol, and illicit substance use among adolescents. Interventions that address both individual resilience protective factors (e.g., self‐esteem, empathy, self‐awareness), and environmental resilience protective factors (e.g., caring family, school and community relationships) were examined. 

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Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Language:
English, French