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Read the latest articles and resources for developing a healthy education environment for students - in schools, families and communities.

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"What went well during Positive Action in your classroom?"

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

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

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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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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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Pasela is the most exciting product release in decades and has already received rave reviews from users. Now, Positive Action is set to unveil even more groundbreaking news!

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Join Positive Action's exciting journey as we unveil Pasela, a modern web app revolutionizing Positive Actions implementation. Experience the blend of cutting-edge tech and refreshed content in our upcoming beta preview. Follow us for more updates!

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title i school funding

At Positive Action, we understand the funding challenges that educators face. Fortunately, our range of evidence-based programs for educators and families qualify for various funding opportunities.

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positive action was listed on cebc

Positive Action is proud to report its addition to the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) Program Registry.

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

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Throwing temper tantrums at the slightest provocation, inability to wait their turn, or excessive nervousness during examinations. Do these scenarios sound familiar? They all have one common denominator — a lack of self-regulation skills.

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Children are the beacon of hope for our future. Their mental health and emotional well-being are the very foundation upon which future success and happiness are built.

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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 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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tools to measure and assess sel

Humans put a lot of emphasis on hard skills, such as reading, writing, and computing. These skills require both knowledge and proficiency to complete specified tasks. Teachers and educators can easily measure these abilities, thanks to standardized tests and assessments.

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Many students struggle to learn important social skills, like interacting positively with others and starting conversations. The time spent lecturing in schools means that kids don't always have the time to use these skills in the classroom.

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social emotional learning activities

Schools are becoming increasingly diverse, with more students integrating from various backgrounds each year.

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how to teach self management skills

Successfully navigating adulthood involves mastering a range of self-management skills, from budgeting and time management to goal setting and emotional regulation. These are not abilities we're born with but instead are learned over time.

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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 emotional learning development preschool

When a child goes to the doctor's office, the pediatrician can use health metrics to assess whether the child's development is progressing normally, at least, in terms of their physical growth.

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equity in education

Explore our hands-on guide to fostering equity in education, featuring engaging activities, strategies, and practical tips for inclusive learning.

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parental involvement in schools

Parents have a strong influence on their children. They have a direct influence that is stronger than that of teachers, friends, and media.

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how to improve school attendance

The average school career is peppered with absences—sometimes for excusable reasons like illness, caring for a family member with special healthcare needs, or facing emotional or mental health challenges.

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learning loss

No one could’ve predicted that scenes from movies like Contagion would come to life as the world has witnessed with the spread of COVID-19.

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unfinished learning

Curriculums break down what students should know based on their age, abilities, and knowledge they acquired in previous grades.

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"Explore Positive Action's guide on identifying and addressing inferiority complex in children. Learn key signs such as anger, perfectionism, and validation-seeking, and effective strategies like appreciation, confidence-boosting, and problem-solving to foster a healthy self-image.

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stem learning at home

In recent years, STEM learning has emerged as a new vertical of learning. As the term denotes, STEM learning includes learning based on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. All of these are skills or fundamentals of learning for the future. For all valid reasons, schools and educators are now laying greater emphasis on STEM learning.

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Do you know what is the best class of people in the world called? They are called leaders because they have led us to this ultra-modern world we dwell in today. Besides, today, in every vertical of life, there is a realigned focus on skills.

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multicultural education guide

The renowned educator, Dr. James A. Banks, defines multicultural education as “an idea, an educational reform movement, and a process.”

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In the present times, the technology which is counted as a blessing is also one negative element that spoils relationships. Addiction to the same has affected today’s youth, and they are likely to stick to it for long hours, leaving their families.

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3 Essential Ways to Prevent Bullying in Schools in 2023

Did you know? One out of five school-going children in the US reported that their peers bullied them in 2019. And what’s more, 41% of the victims feared it would happen again.

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how to deal with verbal bullying

Verbal bullying is as dangerous as any other type of bullying. Discover how to build a bully-free environment for your school.

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social bullying

Families. Classmates. Pals. The gang from work. We humans are social animals and relationships are vital to our health.

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You’ve probably faced some form of physical bullying at one point or another in your school life — or know someone who has been a victim.

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How to Prevent and Stop Cyberbullying in Schools 4 Effective Ways

Discover four effective methods to combat cyberbullying in schools, fostering a safe digital environment and promoting positive online behavior.

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Summer's just around the corner, and what better way to light up our kids' vacation than with some super fun learning adventures? At Positive Action, we're pumped to bring the magic of our educational programs from classrooms to summer camps and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. Let's dive into how we're mixing things up!

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Ah, summer! It's that glorious time of year when the days are long, the nights are warm, and school is out. Both kids and teachers breathe a sigh of relief as they step away from the structured school year into the freedom of summer.

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Why Should We Be Teaching Life Skills in Schools in 2023

As we continue to navigate through the modern-day challenges brought about by rapidly evolving technology, globalization, and most recently, a worldwide pandemic, the necessity of equipping our younger generations with practical life skills has never been more glaringly apparent. Schools in 2023 are slowly but steadily realizing that academic performance alone does not measure their students' ability to succeed in adult life.

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Equip your children for a bright future with crucial life skills. Explore essential abilities to nurture for their success and personal growth.

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It's every youngster’s dream to leave the nest and live on their own once they turn 18. Before you know it, they’ll be driving, graduating, and moving out.

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Education, a fundamental human right, forms the backbone of every nurturing society. Against this backdrop, the focus now shifts to an often-overlooked cohort: students with Down syndrome.

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As of 2020, the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network reported that one in 36 children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This staggering statistic highlights the urgent need for schools and educators to be well-versed in supporting students with ASD.

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Teaching is a delicate and complex art as it is. However, the knowledge transfer process weaves a more intricate pattern when it involves students with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD.

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teaching strategies for special education students

In the United States, special education is free in the public education system, thanks to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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special education assessment

Students with disabilities have unique needs alongside their strengths.

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Did you know physicians made the earliest identification of learning and thinking differences in the late 1800s and early 20th century?

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Learning Disability: Definition, Types and Common Signs

Learning disabilities are caused by impairments in one or more of the cognitive processes associated with learning. A learning disability affects an individual's ability to acquire, retain, comprehend, and organize verbal and/or non-verbal information.

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how to teach dyslexic students

A dyslexic student’s arrival in your classroom can forge a step into the unknown, especially if it’s the first time you’ve had that experience.

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6 Behavior Management Strategies for Your Classroom in 2023

The ultimate goal of education is to mold young people into well-rounded individuals. That often includes making sure that the teaching and learning process flows as smoothly as possible.

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roles and responsibilities of students

Does the success of a classroom solely depend on the teacher? Not necessarily. In fact, students play an integral role in shaping and managing a positive learning environment.

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You’ve been teaching for a while now—and it has been going pretty awesomely. But recently, you might have taken a challenging class that you’re struggling to get under control.

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4 Positive Classroom Rules to Achieve Student Success in 2023

Without proper guidance, children will inadvertently self-sabotage their future. Developing the principles that lead to success doesn’t often come independently. That’s why it’s critical to put rules in place at home and school to empower children to succeed.

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Discover powerful classroom management strategies and techniques for 2023. Learn how to create an effective learning environment for students.

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classroom management plan

Picture an effective classroom management plan for a moment.

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How to Identify and Address Bullying in Class A Teacher's Guide

Learn how to recognize and respond to bullying behaviors in your classroom. Perfect for teachers looking to create an inclusive learning environment.

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preschool curriculum guide

Parents, teachers, and administrators can get overwhelmed when choosing the best preschool program. They want to give children a solid foundation before kindergarten without stripping away their early childhood.

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elementary school curriculum

Elementary school is a challenging time for both parents and students, whether they’re going to school or homeschooling.

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high school curriculum

Once students finish middle school and enter high school, the course materials start becoming much more challenging. Moreover, all students start thinking about their future and worrying about the SATs, and getting into their preferred college. That’s why having a comprehensive high school curriculum from start to finish is absolutely critical.

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middle school curriculum

It’s often challenging to find a curriculum that’s both engaging and resourceful in all subjects.

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the best 12th grade curriculum

Whether you’re homeschooling your twelfth grader or need lesson plans for your senior year class, you’re going to need a curriculum.

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10 Best 11th Grade Curriculum: A Complete Guide for Home and School

Getting ready for 11th grade can bring lots of firsts for teens and their parents. This is the first year of high school, and basically, it's the first year that students aiming for selective colleges should start planning and working towards acing their college entrance exams.

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10th grade curriculum

10th grade is an important year that sets out the course for the remaining years of high school, college, and even life. However, nowadays, many people aren't fond of signing up their kids for in-person classes. Therefore, homeschooling has become the best option.

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best 9th grade curriculum

As a parent, you’ll always have a never-ending dilemma that revolves around choosing the best curriculum for your child. Whether they’re in the first or the ninth grade, you want to make sure you’re providing the best for your kid to ensure they grow up to be successful. Accordingly, you’ll need our help.

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eighth grade curriculum

An eighth-grader needs to develop a lot of skills, including life skills, thinking skills, and physical education. Of course, we always want the best children’s education program possible to make sure that the academic year is fruitful and beneficial.

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7th grade curriculum

Seventh grade is the start of junior high, and it acts as a transition phase between elementary school and high school. As such, the knowledge acquired in this year, as well as the experiences a student goes through, are extremely important as they set the foundation for high school and, later on, college.

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school and community relations

Education is not all about finding X in a mathematical equation or writing book reports. It extends to how students will fit into the real world during their school days and afterward.

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How to Engage Parents in Positive Youth Development Efforts

Discover effective strategies to engage parents in positive youth development efforts. Strengthen relationships and support youth growth together.

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community building activities

Our interaction with each other and the environment around us is what inspires our overall well-being.

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professional learning communities

Professional learning communities are an approach to meeting school and district goals where groups of teachers work collaboratively at the school level to improve the way students learn and, eventually, student outcomes.

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