About the Workshop
Becoming the Leader Our Children Need:
Facilitated by: Hannah Beach & Tamara Neufeld
This seminar will support participants in understanding how to build, feed, protect, and extend the child-teacher relationship. What type of leadership helps kids to feel safe? How can we as educators build relationships in which children want to follow us? How can we become their compass point? And how does this help kids to discover their best selves?
Celebrate National Child Day
What is National Child Day?
National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year. National Child Day has been celebrated across Canada since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations' adoption of two documents centered on children's rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.
By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This commitment includes the opportunity for children to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.
Celebrating National Child Day is about celebrating children as active participants in their own lives and in communities, as active citizens who can and should meaningfully contribute to decision-making.
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About the Presenters
Hannah Beach is an award-winning educator, author, and keynote speaker. She was recognized by the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2017 as one of five featured change-makers in Canada. She is the co-author of Reclaiming Our Students: Why Children Are More Anxious, Aggressive, and Shut Down Than Ever—And What We Can Do About It.
Her best-selling I Can Dance book series—supporting the emotional health of children through movement, play, and expression—has been adopted by multiple English- and French-language school boards across Canada.
Hannah received the City of Ottawa’s annual Celebration of People Education Award, which recognized her expertise in developing innovative inclusive programs and resources. She is a Neufeld course facilitator, delivers professional development services across the country, and speaks at national and international conferences about the power of bringing more feeling and human connection into the classroom.
Tamara Strijack is the academic dean of the Neufeld Institute, where she develops and delivers courses and workshops supporting parents, teachers, and helping professionals around the world make sense of children through developmental science. She is the co-author of Reclaiming Our Students: Why Children Are More Anxious, Aggressive, and Shut Down Than Ever—And What We Can Do About It.
Tamara works as a registered clinical counsellor, parent consultant, and sessional instructor for several universities, where she lectures for both the faculties of education and counselling. She provides emotional health consulting for schools and advises on the development of new programs that foster the social and emotional growth of all students.
Connection, relationship, and play continue to be central themes in all her roles, both personally and professionally.
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