2019 Tauranga Public Lecture Series: Taking Care of our Youth - the role of schools in supporting young people's mental health and wellbeing

Date Monday 10 June 2019
Time 6pm - 7pm
Where Lecture Theatre, Level 2, The University of Waikato, Tauranga CBD Campus, Durham St, Tauranga
Presenter Dr Katrina McChesney
Contact Joanna Kearney
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Please register for this event here and present your e-ticket at the door.

We are pleased to announce that the first lecture in the 2019 Tauranga Public Lecture Series will take place on Monday 10 June from 6.00pm and will be given by Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education lecturer, Dr Katrina McChesney. Entitled Taking Care of Our Youth, Dr McChesney will address the role of schools in supporting young people's mental health and wellbeing, asking: Why should schools be involved in this effort? How can this be done? And how well are schools in Aotearoa New Zealand doing in this area?

Originally a secondary school mathematics teacher, Dr McChesney spent six years working on a large education reform project in Abu Dhabi in the Middle East from 2009-2015. There, she was involved in teacher professional development, curriculum development, assessment policy and practice, and resource development and selection for the public school system from early childhood to secondary levels. Her PhD research (2012-2017) looked at teacher professional development in the Abu Dhabi context and highlighted the impacts of cultural and contextual factors on this process. Dr McChesney also worked on literacy and numeracy assessment for NZQA and contributed to research and professional development projects on socioemotional school climates, student mental health and wellbeing, and student behaviour. She now works in initial teacher education at the University of Waikato, Tauranga campus and online.

This free event will be held in the Lecture Theatre, Level 2 of the new University of Waikato, Tauranga CBD Campus on Durham St. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served from 5.30pm. The lecture will begin at 6.00pm and finish at 7.00pm.

Please register here.