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Well-Being In Schools

Episode 3: Community, School Organization, and Well-Being in Schools

In this third episode, the guests explore the role of com­mu­ni­ty in which a school is locat­ed and the under­stand­ing of schools as orga­ni­za­tions when pur­su­ing the idea of mak­ing school edu­ca­tion pri­mar­i­ly about stu­dent well-being. This episode engages with ques­tions like What impli­ca­tions does com­mu­ni­ty-focused school edu­ca­tion have on how we might under­stand well-being in schools?” What work do schools face when stu­dent well-being is made a cen­tral con­cern for school edu­ca­tion?” and What needs to change at the com­mu­nal and social lev­el in order to sup­port this need­ed work?”


  • Frank Deer

    A’ronhio:tas (Frank) Deer is Professor, Canada Research Chair, and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education of the University of Manitoba. Frank is Kanienkeha’ka from Kahnawake, a community that lies just south of Tiotia’ke in the eastern region of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Frank earned a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. Frank studies Indigenous education and Indigenous religious and spiritual orientations. Frank has previously served as a classroom teacher in Northern Manitoba and in the Inner City of Winnipeg.

  • Lesley Eblie Trudel

    Lesley Eblie Trudel has been successfully involved in public education in Manitoba, Canada, for over thirty years. She has held positions ranging from instructional to administrative, working with diverse populations in both urban and rural settings. Prior to her position at the University of Winnipeg, Lesley was an Assistant Superintendent of Schools. In January 2019, Lesley joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. In February 2021, she accepted the position of Associate Dean in the faculty. Lesley is a collaborative leader with a keen interest in organizational learning and systemic change, as it pertains to diverse and inclusive educational communities.

  • Jeannie Kerr

    Jeannie Kerr is an educational philosopher, theorist and qualitative researcher of Irish maternal and Settler identity. She is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Jeannie’s scholarship examines the reproduction of societal inequalities in K-12, teacher education, and higher education settings, and is directed towards collaboratively repairing and renewing relations in educational settings, urban landscapes, and Canadian society. Drawing on her significant experience in culturally enriched urban K-12 classrooms, her theorizing and research projects centre the complications and complicities in educational activities, and works to disrupt the centring of Euro-Western approaches and knowledges in the broader interest of systemic change.