Education for Mental Health Resilience Program
Faced with an urgent need for students to cope with the mounting number of societal stressors, the Faculty of Education is striving to bring essential mental health resilience strategies into the classroom. Student mental health is in crisis: 1 in 4 students report having mental health issues, 1 in 10 have seriously considered attempting suicide, 91% feel overwhelmed, and 20% have conditions impacting their academic performance. In addition to rising diagnoses of chronic stress, depression, and anxiety among students, educators are also struggling to maintain their mental health. With approximately 40% of teachers leaving the profession within their first five years due to stress, there is a pressing need to address mental health needs in school environments.
McGill’s Faculty of Education is leading the way in developing and disseminating best practices in building mental health resilience, so that students will have the tools and skills to not only survive, but also thrive in today’s demanding world.
The Faculty of Education’s cutting-edge Education for Mental Health Resilience Program (EMHR) aims to improve student mental health resilience using an evidence-based, interdisciplinary, whole-institution approach, that can be used not only in the McGill community, but in Canada and institutions around the world. Learn more about this vital program and how to become a community partner.
The CoLab: Forming a New Laboratory School
McGill University’s Faculty of Education and Trafalgar School for Girls are partnering to establish a transformative partnership - the CoLab. A first of its kind in Canada, the CoLab will integrate teacher training, classroom practice, and cutting-edge pedagogical research under one roof.
Inspired by laboratory school models at Oxford, Columbia, University of Chicago, and UCLA, the CoLab aims to deliver a dynamic and collaborative learning environment where secondary school and university educators will work together to transform the classroom and the future of teaching and learning. The CoLab will create an environment where research hubs are integrated into every teaching area; teachers-in-training learn in a space where research and practice are seamlessly combined; secondary students benefit from experiential, interdisciplinary learning; and practicing teachers can share expertise and engage in lifelong learning.
Global Alliance in Education Research
McGill University’s Faculty of Education is part of an alliance with four other world-class Education Faculties across the globe: Oxford University (England), Stanford University (USA), Monash University (Australia) and the University of Hong Kong (China). This international Education alliance will facilitate the world leaders in Education set a global agenda for educational advancements, provide an international networking forum, and establish exciting professional opportunities for researchers.
As one of the Alliance’s initiatives, a PhD student from each of the five universities is invited to attend a week-long seminar at Monash University to share their research and connect with fellow researchers. McGill’s first attendee in 2018 was Jane Malenfant whose research looks at youth homelessness and education. Alisan Funk, DISE Doctoral Student who is pursuing her thesis in the area of circus education, will be travelling to Australia as an attendee in 2019. Click here to see Monash University's Video from the 2018 Seminar
McGill University's International Institute of Education (MIIE)
McGill University’s International Institute of Education operates within the Faculty of Education, specializing in the professional development of educators. MIIE courses foster best practices and help educators from all over the globe develop necessary skills to prepare their students for the challenges of the 21st century. Content and delivery are oriented towards stimulating curiosity, innovation, resilience, adaptability, and technological proficiency. MIIE can also provide customized development courses, tailored to the specific issues facing various levels of academic professionals from around the globe.
In addition to courses for adult learners, MIIE offers summer academies for international high school students. Summer academies are designed upon request and offered at a location of your choice or at McGill University's Montreal campus.
P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts
Coordinated by the Faculty of Education, the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW), and the Participatory Cultures Laboratory, the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts strengthens the Faculty's commitment to the arts, and to the critical role played by the arts in the construction of knowledge. Artful Inquiry Research Group (AIRG). The initiative supports:
- scholarships for students
- an artist-in-residence program to ensure professional leadership, expertise, mentoring, and pedagogical collaboration across the Faculty;
- resources to support performance/exhibition spaces that will to ensure the public presentation of student and Faculty-produced arts projects, research, and creative work (visual, music, drama); and
- support for partnerships with local schools in music education.
For nearly 50 years the Faculty of Education has worked diligently to offer courses that are reflective of their partner communities’ needs. Launched in 2015, the Science Futures initiative’s objective is to provide support for science education in local schools. Indigenous Science Futures is conceived as a focused initiative, aimed at developing Indigenous science pedagogy with youth from Inuit, Mohawk, Cree, Naskapi, Algonquin and Mi’gmaq communities, and includes partners with McGill's Faculty of Medicine.
- read "Combining traditional values with western science at the Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp," August 2018
- read "Faculty of Education partners in launch of McGill's Indigenous Health Profession Program," March 2018
Stay in School
Stay in School is a project that aims to reduce the barriers that compromise school success rates. It does this by providing sustainable, multi-faceted arts and science based educational support for marginalized communities in Quebec. The Faculty of Education partners with local elementary and secondary schools and community organizations to encourage students to pursue and continue their education as a means to achieving their goals. Some examples of these partnerships are:
- Our art gallery, including The Space Between, presented in partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' (MMFA) Department of Education and Community Programmes. [VIEW VIDEO]
- Our ongoing Farm to School (FTS) pedagogical collaboration with McGill's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, located on the Macdonald Campus.
- “Ma Science en Santé”, a collaborative science-teaching project between McGill University and l’École de la Petite Bourgogne (ÉPB), of the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), made possible by funding from the NovaScience program, supporting the promotion of science and technological education for youth and the public sector.