Tightly Knit Community… Successful Education!
International Conference on Educational Success, April 25, 26, 27, 2018
Centre des Congrès, Québec City, Canada
Organized as part of
7th World Conference on « Violence in Schools and Public Policy »
7th Biennial Conference of the «Québec Committee for Youth with Behavioural Difficulties/ Comité québecois pourles jeunes en difficulté de comportement (CQJDC)
Bringing to life the time-honored Senegalese proverb …It takes a village to raise a child… this international conference hopes to contribute to a community that will mobilize and gather its resources in order to participate in the education of its children. If it is true that we judge a society by the way it treats its children, it becomes important to demonstrate how their well-being really is a priority. Gathering the ‘entire village’ around a child constitutes a source of protection by all the adults involved, be they the parents, teachers, educational professionals, social workers or even decision-makers. As in a village, where what happens to one concerns the others, adults working in solidarity, within the context of a close-knit community, heighten the chances for educational success for all of their children, and particularly for those experiencing difficulties.
The well-being of children has become a priority for the many nations of the world who signed the International Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. This treaty is composed of a series of articles defining the right of every child in the world to a healthy development, to have their needs met, to have access to education and to be protected from abuse and exploitation. Given that the family is omnipresent in the education of their children, responsibility for their education should also be assumed by the community, including the school and the different environments that children live within. Today, cyberspace is one of those environments. To develop optimally in the personal, academic and social spheres, children must feel that they have a place in the village, that they are loved, recognized and supported. Trusted relationships with the people caring for them are indispensible to respond to children’s need for security, and form the necessary basis of all further global development. By mobilizing all the actors in the community to help our children adapt to their different life contexts, we prepare them to enter adult life with confidence and a positive attitude.
The Québec Committee for Youth with Behavioural Difficulties/Comité québécois pour les jeunes en difficulté de comportement (CQJDC), the International Observatory of Violence in School/l’Observatoire International de la Violence à l’Ecole (OIVE) and the Research Chair on Security and Violence in Schools of Laval University/Chaire de recherche sur la sécurité et la violence en milieu éducatif de l’Université Laval (CRSVME) have gathered their expertise together in support of the co-education of all of our children and their educational success, to help them develop in a harmonious manner and to find their place in their village.
This will take the form of an international conference focused on the personal, social and educational development of children, adolescents and young adults. It offers the opportunity to bring together in one place researchers and practitioners working in different life contexts, be it the family, the school or the community, while at the same time allowing an important place for the cyber world.
At this conference, it will be possible to present new knowledge in the context of three domains: research, practice and public policy. Four themes will apply to all domains:
- Basic prevention and the global well-being of youth;
- Help to children in difficulty;
- A positive school climate that promotes well-being and educational success;
- The influence of communication and information technologies on the lives of young people.
Themes and Domains of Presentations
THE THEMES chosen to propose a presentation include the following aspects:
1. Basic prevention/well-being of youth: To succeed in educating our youth necessitates our being well-informed and putting in place a series of conditions even before certain problems arise. This theme includes most notably the influence of the family milieu and the immediate environment of the youth, such as school, as well as basic prevention of any problems the youth are liable to encounter. It includes measures taken to encourage the personal, social and academic development of youth.
2. Help to children in difficulty: When basic educational measures do not succeed in preventing the appearance of certain temporary or persistent difficulties, more targeted interventions are necessary. Presentations within this theme are focused on the experience of youth living with affective, behavioral, social, and/or academic difficulties, children living with particular disability, as well as help for their parents and interveners.
3. School climate and educational success: The quality of life at school can contribute to personal, social and academic development. This theme may include, for example, the school climate, socio-emotional or relational competencies, school-family-community collaboration, the influence of the quality of the school experience on the global development of the youth and school personnel and on academic success and the dropout rate, as well as all other elements contributing to academic success.
4. Influence of technology on the lives of youth: In this digital era, it becomes important to accompany youth in the information and communication world of technology that is inarguably a part of their lives today. This theme includes all types of technology used by or designed for youth, by their parents and interveners, positive and negative aspects and the advances being made that could contribute to academic success.
Note that FAMILY overreaches all four themes, and keep in mind the inestimable contribution of this primary life milieu to the academic success of youth.
The DOMAINS correspond to the perspectives from which the presenters address the themes:
A. Practice: Presentations of initiatives from the field of practice (innovative or not), either validated (scientifically evaluated) or promising (not scientifically evaluated).
B. Research: Presentations generating new knowledge, as in the explanation of phenomena (eg : risk/protection factors, theoretical models), methodological/evaluation aspects, new research paradigms, etc. All types of research design will be accepted (eg : qualitative, quantitative, exploratory studies, etc.).
C. Public Policy: Presentations dealing with local, national or international public policy, including the judicial, inter-sectorial partnership, governmental and intergovernmental (eg.: Children’s Human Rights, Ministerial action plans on various challenges, etc.).
***Keep in mind that for the community to assemble and act for true co-education, it is important that the practitioners rely on research findings, but also that the researchers and decision-makers take into consideration the realities of the front line. Also, all presenting researchers are asked to demonstrate the applicability of their work in the practical field, and the practitioner and decision-making presenters are asked to include in their presentations certain theoretical foundations that inspired them in the development of their interventions, programs and policies, or other initiatives related to the three domains of the conference.***
Anyone interested in submitting a presentation proposal should send their text, according to the criteria outlined on the next page, by June 19, 2017.