Over the last three years we have done considerable work establishing the theoretical foundations for this research project. We developed a conceptual model of flourishing inschools that will be used to guide this three year project. This grounding work has resulted in several publications that highlight the past and future directions of our Flourishing in Schools research project.

Cherkowski, S. & Walker, K. (in press). Values, virtues, and human capabilities: A positive perspective on educational improvement. In P. Newton & D. Burgess (Eds.), The best available evidence: Wise decision­making for educational improvement. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Cherkowski, S., & Walker, K. (2014). Flourishing communities: Re­storying educational leadership using positive research lens. International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice, 17(2), 200­-217.

Cherkowski, S., & Walker, K. (2013a). Schools as sites of human flourishing: Musing on an inquiry into efforts to foster sustainable learning communities. Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, 23(2), 139-­154.

Cherkowski, S & Walker, K. (2013b). Living the flourishing question: Positivity as an orientation for the preparation of teacher candidates. Northwest Journal of Teacher Education,11(2), 80­-103.

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Flourishing Schools: A Modest Introduction

By Keith Walker, Sabre Cherkowski

This monograph is intended for teachers, school administrators, parents, and school learning communities who wish to give attention to that which is working for them AND to get more of the same. We are meant to flourish and when we do, in the context of schools and student learning, wonderful things happen!


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Our research is supported by the University of British Columbia and the University of Saskatchewan. Funding is generously provided by SSHRC.

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3 Year Project

During 2015 we are building on foundational work highlighted in several publications by Cherkowski and Walker.