Faculty of Education professors Tracy Vaillancourt and Jessica Whitley are among the featured panelists for Covid-19, Children and Schools, a virtual event hosted by the Royal Society of Canada’s Working Group on Children and Schools, happening on November 23, 2020.
According to event organizers "the 2020 COEE will be a week-long scholarly, scientific and artistic exploration with enhanced digital engagement. Over seven days, from November 23 to November 29, over 1,000 delegates will engage in 50+ sessions featuring the insights of hundreds of scholars, artists and scientists on the key issues of our time."
Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt holds the Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention at the University of Ottawa where she is cross-appointed as a full professor in Counselling Psychology and the School of Psychology. She is an elected member of The College of the Royal Society of Canada, Chair of the RSC Children and Schools Working Group, and a member of the RSC COVID-19 Task Force.
Dr. Jessica Whitley’s research and teaching are driven by a dedication to improving the school experiences of all students and teachers. Her research focuses on mental health literacy, inclusive education policy, teacher preparation for inclusive education and the wellbeing of children and youth with mental health issues. She conducts research in partnership with colleagues at universities across Canada and engages collaboratively with community organizations including Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre. Her current mixed-methods research explores experiences of parents supporting students with special educational needs during school closures related to COVID-19 and she is also leading a three-year evaluation of the implementation of inclusive education policy in Nova Scotia, Canada.