Local Education Students See Positive Results With Empathy Program – Part 2 Of 2 Published 8 months ago on 8 months ago By SHELDON SPACKMAN By Sheldon Spackman Positive results have been released regarding a pilot project that previously ran in the Red Deer Public School District, promoting Mental Health Skills for students. The Empathy Program, a University of Alberta initiative, was implemented from 2013-2015 and was offered to more than 6,000 youth in Grades 6-12. Officials say their findings from the project show the student’s involved experienced less depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts thanks to their involvement in the program. We spoke with Red Deer Public Schools Superintendent Stu Henry to get the details locally. Here is Part 2 of 2: Related Topics:Empathy ProgramMental Health Skills For StudentsRed Deer Public School DistrictStu Henry - Red Deer Public School DivisionUniversity of Alberta Up Next Emergency Over, Son Charged In Mom’s Death, Ponoka Home Invasion Don't Miss Highway 20 Fatal, Rocky Cougar Shooting, Red Deer’s Emergency SHELDON SPACKMAN Local Education RDC graduate travels to Ottawa for Student Innovation Showcase on Parliament Hill Published 1 week ago on 1 week ago By RedDeerCollege Red Deer, February 13, 2018 – Red Deer College graduate, Melissa Barritt, was part of a rare opportunity when she was selected by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) to be part of the Student Innovation Showcase on Parliament Hill. The showcase, which took place on February 12 and 13, provided an opportunity for Barritt to display the project that she participated in while she was a student at RDC. “I’m so honoured to have been chosen to represent both this project and Red Deer College,” she says. “It meant a great deal to me to be able to connect with people from across the country and share how college students can positively impact community.” In Barritt’s case, she was part of the RDC group, led by Sociology instructors Dr. Choon-Lee Chai and Dr. Krista Robson, who are involved in a project to assess settlement programs and services for immigrant women in central Alberta. In partnership with the Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association, the RDC team connects with immigrant women to learn about their settlement experiences and needs, with the intention of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of settlement programs and services. By identifying these elements, the goal for the three-year-long project is to use the research findings to address practical issues within the community. “When we understand the settlement conditions of immigrant women, then we can work with our community partners to develop solutions,” says Dr. Chai. “As one example of an outcome from this project, we’ve developed a website that serves as a centralized information portal for all settlement services that people might require, so it’s another way to help make the transition easier and to make services more accessible for immigrant women.” Students have been involved in several areas of this research, and Barritt was involved in a specific element called the Photovoice project, where she engaged immigrant women to take pictures of their settlement experiences and share their settlement stories. She first completed an extensive literature survey about the issues of settlement and integration faced by immigrants, and then she conducted in-depth interviews with research participants. “I was able to connect and build meaningful relationships with these women,” she says. “In some cases, I was invited into their homes, so I really had an opportunity to see what their lives were like and to learn about their experiences. I could have read about the issues that immigrant women face, but this research experience allowed me to connect with the women and to provide listening support, gaining a much deeper understanding about their lives.” Now that she has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a University of Calgary collaborative degree offered at RDC, Barritt is pursuing a degree in Education to fulfill her passion to become a teacher. When she considers her future work with students, Barritt believes that her student research experiences will benefit her teachings in many ways. “I might have students from all backgrounds in my classroom, representing those from different cultures or socio-economic status or even refugees, and I need to show them by example what it means to accept everyone for who they are,” she says. “Because of this research experience, I will be more inclusive in my education, which will benefit my students.” For Dr. Steve Lane, Associate Vice President Academic, Research and Student Affairs at RDC, this project demonstrates the wide variety of research activities taking place at the College. “The Photovoice project involved students through applied research that is practical and experiential, and it was also community oriented through our partnership with CAIWA,” he says. “It’s a great example of the variety of ways that applied research can be used to help people, and it demonstrates a research niche that we have at RDC. We’re already doing this type of positive work, and we look forward to expanding these types of opportunities in the future.” Continue Reading Community Attention Parents! Kindergarten Registration Continues Published 2 weeks ago on 2 weeks ago By Todayville Entering kindergarten is an exciting time and a big step for children and their families. It is a wonderful time when children are encouraged to grow creatively, culturally, emotionally, intellectually, physically as well as socially. Parents and teachers work together to ensure transition from home to school as smooth as possible. Registration continues CLICK HERE for the ONLINE School Request Form. Full day Kindergarten is being offered at the following schools: Annie L. Gaetz Elementary – Full day and half day options Barrie Wilson Elementary – English program only offering full and half day options; French Immersion offering half day only Don Campbell Elementary – Full day only Gateway Christian – Full day only Mattie McCullough Elementary – Full days, with option of half days if enough interest Oriole Park Elementary – Both English and French Immersion programs, full days only Students will be able to attend on either Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays with alternating Fridays. Programming for young children is based on the following beliefs: Kindergarten is to help children acquire early skills in literacy, numeracy, communication and problem solving Kindergarten provides children the necessary skills and knowledge for future academic success Parents are the most important partners in their child’s education. The word kindergarten literally means “children’s garden” and recognizes that environment and education contribute to a well-rounded personality. It recognizes the education value of play and hands-on experience. It is meant as a supplement to the nurturing environment at home and encourages the involvement and cooperation of parents in the classroom setting. While kindergarten is a time for learning, being with other children and developing new skills, it is also a time where the school can identify a child’s strengths as well as needs. This gives teachers an opportunity to start programming for the individual child and the group as a whole. Learning in Kindergarten Alberta Education develops the curriculum for Kindergarten in consultation with early childhood teachers. It describes what young children need to learn to prepare for Grade 1 and provides a foundation for future learning. More information is available by clicking here. Teachers use the curriculum to plan learning activities that meet the Kindergarten children’s needs, abilities and to assess their educational progress. The Kindergarten Program of Studies focuses on developing creative expression, early literacy, personal and social responsibility, physical skills and well-being, environment and community awareness, early numeracy, citizenship and identity, information and communication skills. Family Oriented Programming Sessions Family Oriented Programming provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn and spend time together! Classroom based and district based sessions are available to parents/caregivers and children who are attending our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs and have identified delays. The programs are designed to provide additional specialized programming hours for children and offer parents support in various areas of need. Click here to view sessions. Continue Reading Search COMMUNITY CALENDARCurrent Month february, 2018 wed14feb - 4aprfeb 146:00 pmapr 4TRIPLE T -Act/Dance/SingYouth 6 Create Your Own Play!6:00 pm - (april 4) 7:45 pm Event DetailsAFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER PROGRAMS Triple T= Act/Sing/Dance MAKE YOUR OWN PLAY! April 26, 2017 Wednesdays Till June 14,2017 July 3, 2017 more Event Details AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER PROGRAMS Triple T= Act/Sing/Dance MAKE YOUR OWN PLAY! April 26, 2017 Wednesdays Till June 14,2017 July 3, 2017 Weekdays Till August 25, 2017 www.triple-t.ca LOCATIONS ST. ELIZABETH SETON 6:00PM TO 7:30PM BARRIE WILSON 3:30PM TO 5:00PM FESTIVAL HALL 7:30AM TO 5:00PM REGISTER NOW! TimeFebruary 14 (Wednesday) 6:00 pm - April 4 (Wednesday) 7:45 pm Learn More CalendarGoogleCal thu15feb - 5aprfeb 155:30 pmapr 5Art of Friendship5:30 pm - (april 5) 7:30 pm Event DetailsCanadian Mental Health Association will be offering Art of Friendship, which is an eight-week course. Meet new friends. Learn new skills. Make new community connections. Build self-confidence. Reduce loneliness and more Event Details Canadian Mental Health Association will be offering Art of Friendship, which is an eight-week course. Meet new friends. Learn new skills. Make new community connections. Build self-confidence. Reduce loneliness and laugh more. Topics will include tolerance, healthy boundaries, values, trust, responsibility and commitment. It is particularly helpful for people who want to improve their quality of life by learning and practicing the skills needed to develop and keep healthy friendships through peer support and a focus on recovery. This course runs Feb 15 – April 5 on Thurs from 5:30–7:30pm. This course is offered by donation; with $25 being the recommended donation. TimeFebruary 15 (Thursday) 5:30 pm - April 5 (Thursday) 7:30 pm Learn More CalendarGoogleCal wed21feb - 25All DayThe 2018 Red Deer Gem & Mineral Show(All Day) Event DetailsFor five amazing days, Silver Cove is proud to partner up with the Westerner Park Harvest Centre to bring you a world class event that everyone in the family will Event Details For five amazing days, Silver Cove is proud to partner up with the Westerner Park Harvest Centre to bring you a world class event that everyone in the family will enjoy. Our Gem & Mineral Shows have a reputation for being one of the best in Canada, and we cannot wait to bring our amazing selection to Red Deer. Timefebruary 21 (Wednesday) - 25 (Sunday) Learn More CalendarGoogleCal thu22feb7:00 pm- 10:00 pmPaint Night7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event DetailsPaint Nights are back at the Cronquist House! On February 22, 2018 Marianne Harris hosts a night full of fun where you can escape the chaos of everyday life by focusing on Event Details Paint Nights are back at the Cronquist House! On February 22, 2018 Marianne Harris hosts a night full of fun where you can escape the chaos of everyday life by focusing on creating works of art. No experience necessary as you will be guided through each painting! Each month is a different masterpiece so you can join us the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 pm. The cost is $50.00 per person and includes all supplies, snacks and drinks. Call 403-346-0055 for more information Time(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Learn More CalendarGoogleCal fri23feb - 25All Day2018 Central Alberta Film Festival(All Day) Event DetailsThe Central Alberta Film Festival is an event that acts as a platform for local , global, and international film makers to showcase their talent. The event promotes Canadian artistic Event Details The Central Alberta Film Festival is an event that acts as a platform for local , global, and international film makers to showcase their talent. The event promotes Canadian artistic values and provides a great opportunity to connect with filmmakers and local businesses. Whether you are a film maker or are seeking an enriched film experience, the CAFF provides great Canadian cultural experience through original films and fun film-based activities. For more information on location of events and times of activities and film screenings, visit the link attached. Timefebruary 23 (Friday) - 25 (Sunday) Learn More CalendarGoogleCal sat24feb11:00 am- 2:00 pmInternational Mother Language Day Event11:00 am - 2:00 pm Event DetailsOn International Mother Language Day, February 21st, the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN agencies, participate in events that promote linguistic and cultural diversity. This more Event Details On International Mother Language Day, February 21st, the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN agencies, participate in events that promote linguistic and cultural diversity. This day was created to support people who lost their lives trying to protect their mother language. As many as half of the world's 7,000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end of this century; it is estimated that one language dies out every 14 days. The aim of CARE is to celebrate the many languages that are spoken in Red Deer and to encourage people of all ages to learn a new language. To commemorate this day, Central Alberta Refugee Effort is hosting an International Mother Language Day Event at the Collicutt Centre, 3031 – 30 Avenue, Red Deer on February 24th from 11am – 2pm. Free Admission. Families are invited to attend and learn words in other languages; play fun word games; discover the many cultures in Red Deer, and win prizes! We will have 16 booths representing many different languages and cultures, hosted by CARE volunteers from many different countries. Participants will be able to play interactive games, answer trivia questions, test their memory and linguistic skills, and above all be introduced to the joy of learning languages in a fun way. Time(Saturday) 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Learn More CalendarGoogleCal sun25feb8:30 am- 3:00 pmRBC Training Ground QualifierCOULD IT BE YOU?8:30 am - 3:00 pm Event DetailsRBC Training Ground is a talent identification and athlete funding program designed to uncover athletes with Olympic potential and provide them with the high-performance sport resources they need to achieve Event Details RBC Training Ground is a talent identification and athlete funding program designed to uncover athletes with Olympic potential and provide them with the high-performance sport resources they need to achieve their podium dreams. 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