Date of Submission

8-23-2018

Embargo

6-30-2018

Degree

Doctor of Education

Department

Education

Keywords

Well-Being, Shared Leadership, Inclusive Leadership, Social Justice, Capacity Building, Mental Health

Abstract

In 2012, The Government of Canada released a report titled Changing Directions, Changing Minds, with the goal of outlining a national strategy aimed at reducing the stigma around mental health. The document was also meant to serve as a tool in increasing awareness of and access to public services available to Canadians experiencing mental health issues. For their part, Canadian school districts are moving forward with their own strategic goals to promote understanding of mental health and to offer appropriate resources to all members of the school community.

This Organizational Improvement Plan (OIP) will explore a problem of practice that examines the factors that inhibit effective implementation of mental health and wellness initiatives at one particular middle school in southern Ontario. It utilizes the principles of shared and inclusive leadership through a social justice lens to build capacity, consensus and engagement amongst various stakeholders to cultivate an environment that integrates well-being into the school community.

In addressing the change process, The Change Path Model of Cawsey, Deszca, and Ingols (2016), in conjunction with the Congruence Model of Nadler and Tushman (1989), will be used to evaluate the organizational change process; the Human and Symbolic components of the Four Frame Model, as espoused by Bolman and Deal (2008), will be considered when analyzing the role of school dynamics and culture in promoting conditions that are responsive to and supportive of the academic, social, emotional, and mental well-being of the student body.

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