Teaching the Whole-Learner: A Holistic Approach to Student and Staff Wellbeing

July 29 – August 9  8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


This course is designed to develop an understanding of the connections between health and education. As teachers, we must address students’ physical, social, emotional, and mental health, as healthier students learn better and better-educated students are healthier. Beginning with an overview of the impact of student health on learning across all subject areas, we then use relevant theoretical frameworks to consider the implications of whole-student education and student wellbeing within schools. This course will offer research-informed practices and teaching strategies to address the health of students and whole-school approaches to inform healthy school policies, school environment, and school community.

Topics will include:

  • Current health and wellbeing of school aged Canadian students
  • Interplay (connection) between health and education
  • Comprehensive school health framework
  • Whole-Child Education – mental, physical, social, and emotional health
  • Pedagogical approaches to teaching the whole child
  • Mental health and mindfulness
  • Physical and Health Literacy
  • Strategies to incorporate physical activity in the classroom setting
  • Social and Emotional Competencies

Dr. Lauren Sulz

Dr. Sulz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta with a focus on physical education and health education. Lauren’s research includes school sport and school-based physical activities, whole-child education, comprehensive school health, and health and physical education pedagogy.

How to apply

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have  2018 courses Summer registration eligibility.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at https://secure.students.ubc.ca/nondegree/apply.cfm

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have a 2018 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.