Education in the City – How to Nurture Resilience and Positivity in Children

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, Educators/Parents
  • Category: Other Happenings
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Fri, 27 Sep, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (GMT+8)

National Library

Level 5 - Possibility Room

100 Victoria Street

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  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, Educators/Parents

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Education in the City – How to Nuture Resilience and Positivity in Children


At the recent World Economic Forum, Jack Ma, co-founder of the Alibaba Group, said, “If we do not change the way we teach, we will be in trouble.” Hence, it is imperative that education keeps pace with developments in the world to equip students with the key skills they need to succeed.

This talk will highlight findings from more than three decades of research on resilience. It will draw on a large-scale Singapore-based study that involved secondary school students projected to do poorly in school, but managed to turn their academic results around. Parents and educators will also pick up the latest insights and practical tips on how they can cultivate resilience and positivity, so that their children and students can not only survive, but thrive.


Friday, 27 September 2019
7.00pm – 8:30 pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building
Free Admission. 
The National Library, in conjunction with the Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education, is proud to present Education in the City. This series offers perspectives from researchers who work in Singapore schools so that the public can better understand education issues and gain practical tips on what can be done to help our children.
About the Speakers
Dr. Imelda Santos Caleon is a Senior Research Scientist, Assistant Dean (Partnerships), and Programme Director (Lifelong Learning, Cognition and Well-being Research Programme) at the Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She received both her Masters degree and doctorate from NTU. Her research portfolio amounts to USD1.95M of competitive research funds. Her current research focuses on resilience, gratitude and well-being. Her research on resilience was featured in The Straits Times in 2018.

Ms. Yeo Sha-En is the first Singaporean graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programme at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been featured on multiple media platforms, including Business Times, Money 89.3FM and the documentary Chasing Happiness. Sha-En is the founder of Happiness Scientists and has trained more than 10,000 people across schools and organisations in the research and practice of positive education. She has spoken at education conferences, including the recent World Congress of Positive Psychology 2019 in Melbourne. Her first book, The Road to Success Vol. 2, became a best-seller in September 2016.

About the Moderator
Dr. Tan Chee Soon is a lecturer at the National Institute of Education and a registered psychologist in Singapore. She is involved in teacher education as well as the professional development of psychologists. Early in her career, she worked as a secondary school science teacher and as a pupil counsellor with the Ministry of Education. She was also an educational psychologist and provided assessment and consultation services to schools. Her research interests are in literacy assessment and intervention, systems support for students with reading difficulties as well as resilience.

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