Engaging Education – Let’s Make It Happen! Exploring Science and Practice-Based Opportunities.
A pre-conference at the 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP 2018)
June 26-27, 2018 at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary
Presented by IPPA’s Positive Education Division (IPPAEd)

Around the world, concerns are growing about students’ abilities with 21st century skills, mental health problems, and lack of motivation to learn. Engagement is a common problem across all levels of education. How can we make education more engaging for students and educators, ensuring that schools are preparing young people for successful futures?

The pre-conference aims to connect the international positive education community to share innovative research and practical interventions, tools, and processes from around the world, and to bridge research and practice. Participants will learn from one another, gain tools and resources, and connect with people from around the world.

The pre-conference will include a variety of sessions, activities, and presentations, including sessions around the topics of meaningfulness/ purpose, mindfulness, character strengths, resilience, students with disabilities, teacher well-being, whole school approaches, and more. There will also be an intervention fair, which is an interactive session that will enable participants to move between stations/booths, activities, and posters, while conversing with the contributors.

Learn more about the preliminary program, confirmed speakers, and the organizing committee. Registration is available here.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: for individual presentations (parallel sessions) and the Intervention Fair are due by February 15, 2018.

Parallel Sessions
The conference will include a set of parallel sessions organized around specific themes:

  • Meaningfulness and engagement in schools
  • Mindfulness in schools
  • Character strengths and student and teacher engagement
  • Building resilience: Lessons for engagement.

To contribute to one of the above parallel sessions, please send a brief abstract (200 words or less) to the relevant session leader below by February 15, 2018. Your abstract should introduce the background, intervention/research, and outcomes/results/conclusions. Please add a brief bio (up to 50 words) with your professional background.

Session leaders:
Meaningfulness and engagement in schools – Pninit Russo-Netzer; pninit.russonetzer@gmail.com
Mindfulness in schools – Bryndís Jóna Jónsdóttir; bryndis.jona.jonsdottir@gmail.com
Character strengths and student and teacher engagement – Marco Weber & Claudia Harzer; m.weber@mail.de
Building resilience: Lessons for engagement – Tamie Ronen; tamie@post.tau.ac.il

Intervention Fair
We are delighted to introduce a new, engaging presentation form for interventions: the Intervention Fair. The fair will enable participants to move between stations/booths, activities, and posters while interacting with the contributors.

Interested contributors are invited to propose diverse, creative kinds of stations such as: presentations/videos which will be presented continuously on screens, games/toolkits, interactive presentations, exercises which have been conducted in formal/informal education settings, etc. Be creative!

To contribute to the intervention fair, please send a brief abstract (300 words or less) and a brief bio (50 words) with your professional background to intervention.fair@gmail.com by February 15, 2018. The abstract should introduce the background, intervention, population, outcomes, and requested type of presentation (e.g., video/game/exercise/poster etc.).