Promising Practices for Healthy Schools

comprehensive school health framework involves using multiple strategies to nurture a healthy school environment, enhance the well-being of students and staff, support positive learning outcomes and contribute to creating a healthy community. There is no magic formula for reaching this goal. That is, there is no one-size-fits-all approach that can simply be replicated in every school. 

Nonetheless, there are promising practices that have been identified in each of five practice areas. The practices that we feature in this site are all grounded in sound theory, are internally consistent and have been associated with effectiveness to varying degrees in the literature. All show promise in contributing to a healthy school. 

Over the next while we will be revising our presentation of these promising practices to better align with the structure in the illustration above. In the meantime, you can access the information in its current form by visiting the sub-pages in this section of our site (see menu above). For further information see Background & Theory or Implementing Promising Practices.

School Notes

Keeping Youth Connected (and Thriving!) through a Whole-School Comprehensive Approach

March 4 webinar featuring Bryne Creek Secondary School's practical, evidence-based strategies aimed at creating conditions and connections to help students thrive. Here is the link to the recorded webinar.

Using Student Inquiry to Rethink Approaches to Teaching and Learning About the Use of Drugs in a Complex World

February 27 webinar featuring School District 68’s (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) efforts to create a culture of inquiry in approaches to teaching and learning. Here is the link to the recorded webinar.

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Drug Education Blog

Open conversation about cannabis encouraged in new film-based high school resource

April 08, 2014 by Nicole Bodner
Teens need opportunities to talk openly and honestly about cannabis given the confusing mix of messages about the drug in today’s media. This is why researchers at the UBC developed a new classroom resource for secondary schools ...

Consultation & Support

CARBC is committed to research and knowledge mobilization that supports the development of effective policy and practice. This involves working with school professionals and a whole range of other partners to identify needs, interpret the evidence and develop tools and resources that assist in the implementation of knowledge.

CARBC is also committed to helping educators and other school professionals maximize the usefulness of available resources  and implement the promising practices. We are always glad to provide professional development sessions for teachers and other school professionals as well as public education events for parents and other community members.

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