We have recently launched a new second Wildly Important Goal (WIG) in Prairie Rose School Division in addition to our first WIG of improving literacy rates. That goal is to collaboratively plan and implement strategies related to healthy school communities and division. Students report to us through the Canadian Tell Them From Me Survey that anxiety is their number one wellness issue. Anxiety rates are on the rise in our school division in spite of our best efforts to date. Dr. Jody Carrington, a well-known Psychologist from Olds, AB told our staff that the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan reports unprecedented rates of depression in Alberta school staff families. Our society has become very complex indeed. There is never enough time or money.
Our wellness model is intended to be very broad and consists of three main pillars: Psychological Capital, Drive (Motivation) and Purpose. Although the model has it’s roots in business and human resources, we believe the model holds huge potential for improvement in overall wellness.
I encourage you to learn more about the background related to the model. We have added a new section to our Prairie Rose School Division website specifically related to this new Wellness goal.
I am honored to have been selected by my Superintendent peers to the provincial “Valuing Mental Health” committee and I look forward to talking about the potential of psychological capital as a framework for improved well-being and self care. Learning is improved in a culture of care and wellness. I plan to report on this journey in the future through this blog.
In the meantime, I am very proud of the gains we have made as a division on multiple indicators related to our first WIG related to literacy. Hope is about multiple pathways and strategies; I hope we will be as successful with improvements to wellness as we have been so far with literacy.