“Research tells us that teachers and principals experience considerable uncertainty about how to respond to the mental well-being concerns of students,” says Shelly Russell Mayhew, an associate professor in the Werklund School. The Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary addresses this challenge, by introducing a one-of-its-kind Comprehensive School Health (CSH) course for pre-service teachers.
Beginning in 2018, all students pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree will be required to take the course as part of the core curriculum — a first for Canadian teacher training programs.
“Healthy students make better learners, and all teachers are positioned to influence the health, wellness and development of their students regardless of subject specialty,” says Russell Mayhew. “School wellness is not solely the responsibility of the health or physical education teacher; however, most BEd students in Canada are not provided with any wellness education in their program.”