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Positive Action is proud to report its addition to the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) Program Registry.
Positive Action is pleased to announce the publication of two independent cost-benefit analyses.
The U.S. Department of Education has approved the Positive Action program as a Whole-School Reform Model Provider for School Improvement Grants.
Can money buy happiness? British researchers think not, but they may have found the real key: in childhood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"What went well during Positive Action in your classroom?"
Learn how a Boys and Girls Club is using Positive Action to create a healthy environment for their club members.
Discover how a Boys & Girls Club in Pennsylvania is using Positive Action to improve the Club's climate.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that between 40–50% of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years of teaching?
A famous poem by Dorothy Law Nolte makes it plain to see why it’s critical to do and say what’s right so children can follow the lead.
Schools are becoming increasingly diverse, with more students integrating from various backgrounds each year.
Picture this: It’s hot outside, you’re stuck in traffic and the AC isn’t nearly as strong as it should be. And just as you’re finally about to make a turn someone cuts… you… off.
School violence. Zero tolerance policy. Bullying. These words have taken center stage in education today. As teachers, we care about finding ways to combat issues around bullying. We initiate conversations on staff development and training to come up with solutions.
Supporting our children’s mental health is a significant concern — especially our children who have emotional and behavioral disorders.
Social-emotional IEP goals make it possible for educators to support the mental health of high-risk learners. Social-emotional skills form the foundation of how students interact with their peers, respond to stressors, and process their thoughts and feelings both in and out of the classroom.
We live in a multicultural and multilingual world. Today’s schools have students from all different backgrounds coming together for a common purpose.
Many students struggle to learn important social skills, like interacting positively with others and starting conversations. The time spent on lecturing in schools means that kids don't always have the time to use these skills in the classroom.
Activities and games for socialization are a great way for your child to learn how to behave around their peers, no matter if he is a toddler, preschooler or if he just started kindergarten. Games can teach skills like taking turns, managing emotions, and reading body language.
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.
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.
Social emotional learning in the classroom has changed the way many teachers approach everything from the primary academic subjects to free time and recess.
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.
Social and emotional development starts early. Young children develop their emotional skills in their first five years as they form relationships with family.
Self-awareness is a vital skill for everyone, whether you’re a student, a parent, or an educator.
SEL standards have expanded throughout school systems in the U.S. for decades, allowing educators and parents to see positive change in their students.
Every child should be able to make constructive choices. Keep reading to find out how children can increase their responsible decision-making skills.
Self-management is the ability to manage stress and impulsivity while motivating oneself to meet a specific goal.
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.
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.
Parents have a strong influence on their child. They have a direct influence that is stronger than that of teachers, friends, and media.
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.
Curriculums break down what students should know based on their age, abilities, and knowledge they acquired in previous grades.
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.
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.
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.
As the world is slowly getting used to the new normal induced by the pandemic, educational institutions have also started reopening in different parts of the globe.
Thinking is an ongoing process, and our mind is continuously processing thoughts one after the other. But the question is, do all these thoughts add value to our lives? Or the real question is, which brand of thinking creates a positive impact on our life? The answer to this is critical thinking! With a necessary mindset, you can convert every challenge into an opportunity to outperform others.
The socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 have truly upended education at every level. Alongside the intensive and rapid operational changes that have reconfigured basic to higher education, the sudden digital migration has also exposed systemic and long-standing inequities.
It’s safe to say that there’s a huge difference between online instruction and in-person instruction.
Planning resources for virtual learning are now available.
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.
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.
Not every student in your school will grow up to be a doctor, engineer, or business guru. But they will all become adults someday. And they will need the right life skills to be resilient, well-adjusted, and capable of navigating daily life.
The internet is a *wildly* useful innovation. Information has become faster, better, and easier to attain — more so every year. Discover why kids and young adults need real-life skills empowerment now more than ever.
Students with disabilities have unique needs alongside their strengths.
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.
In the United States, special education is free in the public education system, thanks to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood mental health disorders in the U.S. ADHD symptoms frequently show up in school, where students struggle to succeed in a classroom setting.
Picture an effective classroom management plan for a moment.
Although all-prevailing, the topic of classroom management is underrated. When discussed, it’s often reduced to mere doling out rewards and dispensing false praise.
With great powers come great responsibilities. Rightfully so because students play a huge role in classroom management.
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.
You’ve been teaching for a while, right 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.
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.
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.
Elementary school is a challenging time for both parents and students, whether they’re going to school or homeschooling.
It’s often challenging to find a curriculum that’s both engaging and resourceful in all subjects.
Whether you’re homeschooling your twelfth grader or need lesson plans for your senior year class, you’re going to need a curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sixth grade is a monumental year in kids’ lives as it paves the road for the next grade levels. Also, students are finally gaining a mature mindset and leaving their comfort zone. However, to make sure this period is fruitful, you should choose the right 6th grade curriculum.
Fifth grade is a critical year. Curriculums get more complex to prepare kids for a more comprehensive selection of subjects and branches. So, it becomes challenging to make fifth graders learn more elaborate subjects and engage in the material.
Picking a 4th-grade curriculum can be tricky for parents and teachers, especially if your child spent their last few years in another school and you aren’t sure they’ll adapt quickly enough to the new curriculum. We understand the struggle.
Kids are different, so it’s unfair to force the same curriculum on them all. That makes choosing the right curriculum crucial, especially since they’re greatly affected by the first few years of education. But don’t worry!
Whether your kid is learning at school or home, they're going to need a solid curriculum. Read this article to know the best 2nd grade curriculum.
Many teachers, parents, and instructors get lost while trying to find the ideal curriculum for their students or kids.
Teaching can be overwhelming when you have so many kindergarten curriculum choices to choose from. You're not sure which is the best for your child, especially at kindergarten, where your child is still at the start of his or her educational journey.
Parents, teachers, and administrators can get overwhelmed choosing the best preschool program. They want to give children a solid foundation before kindergarten without stripping away their early childhood.
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.
Our interaction with each other and the environment around us is what inspires our overall well-being.
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.
The process of preparing students, no matter their age, with the essential skills they’ll need to find, acquire, maintain, and grow in a job is what’s known as career readiness.
As educators, we want students to keep progressing and developing into individuals with lifelong positive attitudes towards learning.
Effective classroom management is the cornerstone of effective teaching and learning. Learners need an environment conducive to learning where they can focus and thrive without undue fear.