The evidence is in – health is an effective foundation for successful schools! We know that healthy students learn better. We also know that educated students are healthier. Hmmm… Embedding health as ‘the way we do business’ is simply the best way to move forward if you are seeking to create a successful school community – for students, staff, admin, parents and, most importantly, the future of society. This interactive (and active) pre-conference session will include a dive into the research evidence for healthy schools; a dip into some key examples of healthy schools; a plunge into your personal and professional journey of health and; full on cannonballing into discussion and practice in your context!

Key Details

Date: 12 March 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 09:00-16:00

Cost: US$195

About the Presenter

Dr. Douglas Gleddie

Dr. Douglas Gleddie is an Associate Professor and Acting Vice-Dean, Associate Dean – Academic in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. In a career filled with change, the only true constants have been physical activity/education, working with kids and, how joy fills the spaces in between. Although it took him a while to fully embrace this epiphanal thought, the journey itself has enabled Doug to work with a wide variety of people and organizations across Canada and around the world.

Doug is currently researching narratives of movement and physical education as well as exploring the affective aspects of physical literacy. He takes care of his own wellness by being active with his family; improving his guitar picking and seeking new challenges each day. Visit Doug’s blog at

As a passionate leader in the field of student and staff wellbeing, Justin has been invited to write for a number of publications and speak at conferences both in Australia and around the world. His appointment at the Institute follows a successful career as a Mathematics and Physical Education teacher and school leader at both Geelong Grammar School and Trinity Grammar School. Justin is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education and was listed in The Educator’s Top 50 Hot List in 2017.