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Ready or not, Fall is coming.

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Is this thing on?

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Positive Action is pleased to announce the publication of two independent cost-benefit analyses.

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Positive Action, Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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BELPRE-Washington County students are learning how to make the right decisions, and becoming teachers themselves in the process.

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Program Reduces Problem Behaviors in Chicago Fifth-Graders, Study Shows

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Dr. Carol Allred and Dr. Brian Flay were invited to present papers at the 'Can Virtue Be Measured?' Conference organized by the The Jubilee Center for Character & Values at the University of Birmingham. The Conference was held at Oriel College, Oxford from January 9-11th 2014.

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Can money buy happiness? British researchers think not, but they may have found the real key: in childhood.

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The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) has reviewed the research literature from the Chicago and Hawaii efficacy studies of Positive Action and has updated its intervention summary.

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Launched in 2007, NREPP is a publicly searchable database with up-to-date, reliable information on the scientific basis and practicality of a range of mental health and substance use interventions.

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The U.S. Department of Education has approved the Positive Action program as a Whole-School Reform Model Provider for School Improvement Grants.

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How do you change a cycle of angry thoughts, self-destructive behavior, and negativism that effect some area youth and adults?

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A study by Oregon State University researchers found that Positive Action, a program that teaches social and emotional skills and character development to elementary school children, can improve academic test scores as much as 10 percent on national standardized math and reading tests.

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Alternative Education Program - COSA-NCADD presents Positive Action in alternative schools instituted by the local school systems to serve students who are academically at risk due to disruptive behavior.

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The Institute of Education’s grant for research on social and character development will provide $1.42 million to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions (the Positive Action program) designed to promote positive social and character development, increase positive behaviors, and reduce antisocial behaviors among elementary school children.

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A new assessment of student-reported disaffection with learning and grades, and of teacher ratings of their ability and motivation, has found that Positive Action significantly improves growth in academic motivation and mitigates disaffection with learning for students living in low-income, urban communities.

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A randomized controlled trial of Positive Action in Chicago, Ill., has extended evidence of the program's effectiveness in preventing violence to students attending low-income, mostly minority, urban schools and to students in middle-school grades.

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Discover how a Boys & Girls Club in Pennsylvania is using Positive Action to improve the Club's climate.

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Learn how a Boys and Girls Club is using Positive Action to create a healthy environment for their club members.

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Pineview Elementary School is located in Tallahassee, a city in Northern Florida. It’s at the center of an area with a large number of non-English-speaking children.

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I was introduced to the Positive Action program one cold winter morning when I was tired, homesick, and filled with foreboding.

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When we were told to do Positive Action three years ago, I was skeptical. I thought that it was another thing that we had to do. We were told to do Positive Action lessons first thing in the morning and daily.

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One student’s life is remarkably changed after being introduced to Positive Action in the 4th Grade. Below is the speech he gave June 15, 2011 at his 6th Grade graduation ceremony.

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Noonan Elementary in Alice, Texas, has been using the Positive Action program for the past 16 years, and has become the type of school you'd want your youngest scholars to attend.

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The Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (JACOA), in collaboration with Madison County Juvenile Court Services, is proudly utilizing the Positive Action curriculum with youth participants enrolled in the Child and Family Intervention Services Program (CFIS) and Juvenile Court Monitoring Program (JCMP).

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Kim Loop, is the In–Home Care Supervisor for the Lake County Trial Court in Baldwin, Michigan where she also coordinates the Positive Action program in local schools. Kim recently shared some of the remarkable experiences she has had with Positive Action so far this year. Here are a few of her stories.

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The stakes couldn’t be higher for Compton Unified School District in Compton, California. It balances on the razor edge between community dysfunction and social progress. At times, the teachers’ work can be discouraging, but the payoffs are immense when they see progress in the things that matter most: academics and behavior.

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When Dr. Michael Perry walked into Critzer Elementary in Pulaski, Virginia, on his first day as principal, he found one child up a tree cursing at his grandmother and an office full of kids who were already in trouble. This was all before the first bell.

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Frazer is a small town on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, which sits in the northeastern corner of Montana. It is home to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes. About 100 students are enrolled in the elementary and secondary schools combined. Residents there are as self-reliant as they come: they are 30 miles from the nearest grocery store and hospital.

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In 2002, Uintah received the Partnerships in Character Education Program Grant and implemented the Positive Action curriculum in schools throughout the district.

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Ronda Walters recently produced a musical program for elementary school children using music from the Positive Action program.

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In fourth grade, a wise man told me “Be a leader, not a follower.” Before then, I wasn’t a leader but I definitely made my own rules.

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A family in Vernal, Utah, needed help. The husband was newly released from jail; the wife had just been released from the hospital because of physical abuse by her husband. They were attending court-mandated Positive Action Family Classes.

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The primary goal of social and emotional learning is to improve student's capacity to establish and maintain healthy relationships through establishing a safe, positive, and mutually beneficial environment.

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Social emotional learning in the classroom has changed the way many teachers approach everything from the primary academic subjects to free time and recess.

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Early childhood education is necessary for healthy development. The initial years are the basis for children’s future education, helping them become lifelong learners and perceptive individuals.

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Social and emotional development starts early. Young children develop their emotional skills in their first five years as they form relationships with family.

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Self-awareness is a vital skill for everyone, whether you’re a student, a parent, or an educator.

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SEL standards have expanded throughout school systems in the U.S. for decades, allowing educators and parents to see positive change in their students.

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Every child should be able to make constructive choices. Keep reading to find out how children can increase their responsible decision-making skills.

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how to teach self management skills

Self-management is the ability to manage stress and impulsivity while motivating oneself to meet a specific goal.

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The concept of social awareness is fairly simple; it's a person's ability to consider the perspectives of other individuals, groups, or communities, and apply that understanding to interactions with them.

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The social and emotional intelligence definition refers to the ability to be aware of one’s own feelings in the present moment. In an academic setting, this includes important skills such as being able to communicate effectively with others, work in groups and control impulses.

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The Positive Action program lends you to have the flexibility to teach the lessons face-to-face or online or a combination of both. With specific guidance and using some of Positive Action's Best Practices and Guide and a little bit of training, you will see how easy and effective Positive Action can be.

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The key to getting the desired outcomes from Positive Action, an evidence-based program, is to implement it with fidelity. This guide booklet and accompanying worksheets will help you do that.

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