Canadian Positive Psychology Association

A Three Month Positive Education Journey With Happiness, Laughter and Humour: In the Real World of Grade Seven Students

  • 20 Apr 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online Webinar

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Sue Stephenson isn’t kidding around when she says educators need to lighten up and love what they do to create caring, healthy classrooms. This free webinar will feature her work with 5 grade seven teachers, their principal, vice-principal and, of course, their students as they take a novel approach to mental health and positive education. If you’re an educator or a parent working with positive psychology—this webinar is for you! Sue was the founding principal in the year 2000 of North Kipling JMS, a school with about 900 students in Toronto District School Board and has maintained a close relationship with it ever since she “retired” and reinvented herself as a speaker and author. Two years ago, she was invited to be a visiting author to share her latest book Kidding Around: connecting kids to happiness, laughter and humour with the grade seven students. That project continues under the umbrella of the Mental Health and Well-Being TDSB initiative.  The three-month positive education project culminates in a Stand-Up Comedy Showcase that was featured on CBC television last year.

This webinar will share the key findings of the experience including: how to be resilient in tough times, what are my signature strengths and how can I best use them, what good does laughter do for my body, mind and soul, and how are humour and comedy different?

More about our speaker

Susan (aka Sue) loved going to school so much (no kidding around) that she became a Family Studies teacher, then an educational consultant, and then a principal — always passionate about universal success for all kids.

Sue leads a dynamic Canadian company called, focusing on mental health promotion, positive education and trust. As a former VP and Principal in Toronto, Sue has continued her exemplary 35-year career as a speaker and author of four books. Kidding Around: connecting kids to happiness, laughter and humour is her most recent book.

She is an award-winning presenter and credits much of this to her unique sense of humour and ability to connect directly with populations on critical issues. Her webinars, keynotes, workshops are warmly welcomed by a wide variety of audiences in corporate, community and educational settings where she cleverly combines laughing with learning a foolproof recipe for a living room, classroom or a bored room. Sue has a Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto. She is a contributing member of the Canadian Association of Positive Psychology, the World Laughter Tour and the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor.

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·         Registrations (presenter or registrants) cancelled more than 30 days before the event will be refunded
       90% of the  registration fees.

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        eligible for a refund.

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        the country will be refunded full registration fees. If the individual is a presenter, their abstract and bio
        will still be published in the conference app and other locations where such presentations are

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