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

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Planning resources for virtual learning are now available.

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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social emotional learning activities

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

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teaching self regulation skills

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.

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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.

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Supporting our children’s mental health is a significant concern — especially our children who have emotional and behavioral disorders.

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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.

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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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We live in a multicultural and multilingual world. Today’s schools have students from all different backgrounds coming together for a common purpose.

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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.

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social skills activities and games for kids

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.

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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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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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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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equity in education

Every student in my classroom deserves an equal chance despite their differences, what can I do to ensure that?…

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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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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.

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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.

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how the pandemic changed the education at every level

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.

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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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ways to prevent bullying in schools

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

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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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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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essential life skills for kids

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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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classroom management plan

Picture an effective classroom management plan for a moment.

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classroom management strategies and techniques

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.

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roles and responsibilities of students

With great powers come great responsibilities. Rightfully so because students play a huge role in classroom management.

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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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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.

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behavior management strategies for your classroom

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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kindergarten curriculum guide

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.

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preschool curriculum guide

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.

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