The Positive Action program
is a leading, common-sense program that reforms and revitalizes
schools to enable them to meet the needs of today’s children.
It is comprised of five building
blocks: a philosophy, a set of unit concepts, a classroom curriculum, a school-climate
program, and a parent and community program. Each is an important part of education
by itself, but when the blocks are used together the results are magnified.
Although each Positive Action Grade Kit averages 140 lessons, only 20 lessons per grade level are required to see positive results and achieve fidelity. In other words, the program can be partially implemented and the school will still see strong results.
With the Positive Action program in place, students become happier and more
motivated, teachers are free to focus on teaching instead of classroom control,
and principals become better leaders. Fewer discipline referrals
coincide with higher test scores. Parents and community members get more involved
in education, and schools become more effective.
Building Blocks for an Effective
Is the Foundation
The Positive Action program
is built on the foundation of a simple, universal truth: We
feel good about ourselves when we do positive actions.
The Positive Action Thoughts-Actions-Feelings
Circle illustrates how this works: Our thoughts lead to actions, and those actions
lead to feelings about ourselves, which lead to more thoughts. The circle can
be positive or negative. The
Positive Actionphilosophy becomes the foundation
for what happens at school and in life.
Learning to read and do math are
positive actions as are learning to be responsible and respectful. When academics
are considered, positive actions and school climate reinforce the positive actions
taught in the classroom and school becomes meaningful and motivating. The result
is a positive self-concept. Students, educators, parents, and community members
solve problems while encouraging educational excellence and responsible citizenship.
Action Unit Concepts
Are the Framework
Feeling good about ourselves begins
with identifying positive actions and then doing them. Throughout the Positive
Action program, positive actions for the body, mind, and feelings are presented
in a framework of six unit concepts, with a seventh unit for review.
These units cover the positive actions for the whole self:
Unit 1. Self-Concept: What It Is, How It's Formed,
and Why It's Important
Unit 2.Positive Actions for Your Body and Mind
Unit 3. Managing Yourself Responsibly
Unit 4. Treating Others the Way You Like to Be
Unit 5. Telling Yourself the Truth
Unit 6. Improving Yourself Continually
Unit 7. Review
Curriculum Provides the Walls
The Positive Action PreK–12 classroom curriculum
fills in the walls of the Positive Action
framework. It includes a complete kit for each of grades PreK–8,
plus supplemental drug-education kits for grade 5 and middle school
that the high school kit is based on. A textbook with materials
prepares students in grades 9–12 for adult life. The curriculum
includes over 1,200 lessons that use a variety of methodologies
and address all learning styles. The school wide Positive Action
curriculum can be implemented throughout a whole school and/or district.
It is complete and comprehensive in its approach and content. It
is fun, easy to use, and loved by students and teachers.
Program Provides the Roof
The school-climate program is the roof
that covers the entire school. It ties together the activities and
coordinates the lessons into a school wide program. It unites the
school with families and community. The school-climate program provides
opportunities throughout each day to practice lessons learned in
the classroom. Everyone that is involved with the school becomes
a part of the school-climate program by creating together an exciting,
dynamic school with a positive learning environment.
Parent & Community Program Completes
Positive Action for an Effective School
Everything is tied together into
a continuous, harmonious whole as parents and community members
get actively involved in the Positive Action school. The Positive
Action program promotes family and community participation through a well-designed
parent curriculum and activities. The program encourages collaboration among
schools, homes, businesses, and institutions, thus promoting school-family-community