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We will hold ES Math Workshop #2 for parents on Thursday, April 6 from 8:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the ELAC Multi-purpose Room. The workshop will include a peek into maths learning.
This session will focus on the importance of number sense for maths learning. Marilyn Burns describes students with a strong number sense in the following way: “[They] can think and reason flexibly with numbers, use numbers to solve problems, spot unreasonable answers, understand how numbers can be taken apart and put together in different ways, see connections among operations, figure mentally, and make reasonable estimates.” At the session, we will explain what each of these means in practical terms.
We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.
A hearty congratulations to Maya Ross, a 12th grade student! She has been accepted to give an oral presentation at the North American Refugee Health Conference in Toronto this June. Her topic, "Using creative arts therapies with refugees: Programs, Methods and Effectiveness, with a focus on Syrian Refugees," is based on her extended essay. While doing research for the essay, she discovered the conference website and decided to submit an abstract since it seemed like visual, music, and drama therapy was not discussed much in health conferences. Her research process partly included interviewing experts in the field over the summer in the UK, as well as corresponding with researchers in Germany and Switzerland.
Maya is passionate about the arts, and was very excited to see how creative arts can be combined with therapy to help people's lives. She hopes to have more experiences with this during her gap year after graduation.
Her abstract for the conference is this:
My Abstract for the North American Refugee Health Conference
Background and Purpose/Objectives
Syrian refugees face significant mental health problems, particularly anxiety, depression and stress due to conflict and displacement. Creative arts therapies (including music, dance, art, writing, and drama) are increasingly recognized as offering effective psychosocial support to refugees and others who have experienced trauma and loss. This paper investigates what interventions have been successful with Syrian refugees, what methods can be replicated, and what more we need to know.
This investigation used semi-structured interviews with experts in mental health, the creative arts, refugee studies, and those working with Syrian refugees. It is supported by an extensive literature review including research evaluations, systematic reviews, UN reports, and non-academic literature. Data was analysed to identify common themes, intervention strategies and areas for future research.
The presentation will focus on lessons learned from three model programs in Australia, Europe, and North America. It will identify specific strategies that have been successful, discuss how they can be used in clinical and community settings, and suggest how health care providers and community partners can work together to offer creative arts therapies to refugees.
Conclusions and Discussion
Creative arts therapies can be beneficial for refugees who have experienced traumatic circumstances. Most evaluations were conducted with refugees from previous conflicts, but evidence is emerging about using arts therapies with Syrian refugees. All programs shown to be effective included specific counseling techniques in addition to the arts activities. Awareness needs to be raised about the benefits of this approach, and specific methods that can be practically replicated.
We are very proud of the work Maya has done and how she is following her passion to compassionately impact the world. Congratulations!
English follow up session: April 4, Tuesday 8:30-9:30, ELAC Conference Room
Japanese follow up session: April 10, Monday 8:30-9:30, ELAC Conference Room
We hope to see you there.
Midori Nishizawa, Yuka Watanabe, and Yoshiko Brown
CA will offer the annual SAT prep program over spring break again this year. The program has been redesigned to get students ready for the new SAT as well as the ACT. Those interested in the course can request information through Ms. Beaupre or the counseling office.
Any grade 11 student who wishes to take an SAT in May or June should register as soon as possible. There are directions on the CA website counseling pages, or contact Ms. Beaupre.