Research Forum on Educator Wellbeing

Research Forum on Educator Wellbeing: Sharing Diverse Perspectives and Multiple Approaches

October 24-25, 2024 | Kelowna, BC

This event is a key outcome of our pan-Canadian study of wellbeing in teacher education programs, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (research team: Sabre Cherkowski, Karen Ragoonaden, Benjamin Kutsyuruba, Lorraine Godden, Keith Walker and Tim Claypool).

The goals of this forum are to share findings and practices for educator wellbeing, establish connections, expand conversations, and build community for the work of fostering and sustaining wellbeing for educators in various education systems (e.g. early childhood education, Kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary).

This forum is an opportunity for sharing research and practice about educator wellbeing in diverse contexts and from multiple approaches. Including:

  • Mindfulness and SEL – Dr. Julia Mahfouz, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Psychological Safety in School Organizations – Dr. Fei Wang, University of British
  • Mentoring and Teacher Wellbeing – Dr. Ellen Hahn, Dr. Angela Adair, Rhonda
    Wheeler, Auburn University
  • Comprehensive School Health – Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew, University of Calgary
    and Kerri Murray, EverActive Schools


Questions about the event can be directed to Ashley Johnston at

Call for Proposals

We welcome presentations focused on educator wellbeing. The term ‘educator’ encompasses teachers, instructors, administrators, education assistants, counsellors, and others across and within educational contexts. Presentations and discussions will take place throughout the two days. You may wish to present individual work or work by/with a group of colleagues.

Together we can share diverse approaches to creating a positive school climate that supports the wellbeing of educators, while addressing academic, emotional, and social needs of students across a wide range of education levels and contexts. These presentations and discussions are a place for scholars, practitioners and interested educational community members to share the highlights of their research and work, creating space for dialogue and discussion to examine these ideas from multiple views and build further knowledge about how to support and grow educator wellbeing.

The deadline to submit your proposal is July 31, 2024.

Proposal decisions will be communicated by August 25, 2024.

Below is a list of presentation styles and types you may choose from:

Concurrent sessions. These 20 or 45-minute sessions will allow you to give an interactive presentation. These sessions can be based upon innovative approaches and/or best practices, conceptual frameworks for educator wellbeing, research, or other relevant projects (completed or in-progress).

‘Lightning Talk’ Sessions: These presentations are short, engaging, and well-structured to share your big idea(s), conceptual framework, research findings, creative works, engaging story or narratives, among other possibilities, in 10 minutes or less. These talks are intended to ‘spark’ questions, discussions, conversations, brainstorming, and energy around the topic of educator wellbeing.

Poster presentations: Posters will be displayed during the forum, with a session designated for interaction with attendees. This is a great opportunity for first-time speakers or students to present.

You may submit more than one proposal and/or be a co-presenter.

Submit Proposal


If you would like to share information about this forum, you are welcome to download our call for proposal poster.

PDF Poster Download

Publish a Chapter in an Edited Book

Call for chapters for an edited book on teacher wellbeing & resilience will be announced during this event. This is a wonderful opportunity for your ideas and experiences to be published. We welcome chapters written from a variety of perspectives and roles from all areas of education.


Registration fees include the sessions and meals. The deadline to register is September 15, 2024.

The event will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kelowna, BC.


General (two-day): $150

Student (two-day): $75

Single Day: $75

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If cost is a barrier, please contact Ashley Johnston at

Refunds will be available until October 18. Following October 18, a partial refund of 50% is available.

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This research is supported by a Social Sciences Humanities Research Council Grant