Preview: Shipley Positive Education Conference

In the midst of already increasing levels of mental illness among young people globally, educators now must also contend with the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent research indicates that educators are feeling this pressure and that as many as 75 percent have seen a rise in their anxiety and feelings of struggle since the pandemic began. More alarming still, nearly half of these educators also report a lack of confidence in their ability to care for their own well-being. We need a collective effort to reaffirm and prioritize well-being for both educators and learners around the world if we hope to help both actualize their full potential.

The Shipley School, a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent day school in Pennsylvania, is excited to continue its commitment to this process by offering its second annual Positive Education Conference with experts from around the world, highlighted by a special talk from Dr. Martin Seligman, a pioneer of positive psychology. Dr. Seligman will frame the importance of positive education through a conversation about agency in dealing with depression and the additional challenges we are facing in the new COVID-19 world as well as our potential as fully agentic individuals and communities.

The public is invited to join educators at The Shipley School for this special talk on August 2 and for a week of expert sessions from other global leaders in positive psychology and positive education.
What is Positive Education?
Positive education is the approach to educational practice that promotes students’ character and well-being in addition to academic excellence and achievement. Using data-driven methods backed by the science of positive psychology, the goal of positive edu...


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About Melissa Tassoni

Melissa Tassoni is the associate director of marketing and communications at The Shipley School.