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Program Description

The Positive Action program is a comprehensive coherent program that has components for all parts of the school, the family, and the community. It works on many levels of the school—from the individual to the classroom to the entire school system. It addresses all areas of the self: the physical, intellectual, and social/emotional. It is both a content area and a teaching method. Within its curriculum, it teaches standards of achievement in every content subject area directly and applied. It is also integrated into all subject areas.

It is taught at every level of learning: cognitive, affective, and behavioral. It goes to the very heart of why we do things—to feel good about ourselves. It also brings all the power of positiveness to all participants so potential is reached and barriers are removed. It brings feelings of joy, accomplishment and satisfaction to all participants.

The synergy of all these dynamic working together improves behavior, school performance, self-concepts and attendance. The materials are complete and fully prepared for users. Lessons are planned—even scripted—and all hands-on materials are prepared.


The Positive Action philosophy, “You feel good about yourself when you do positive actions” (illustrated by the Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle graphic) underlies the goals.

Unit Concepts

The first unit begins with the philosophy and Thoughts-Actions-Feeling, and units two through six explain key positive actions for the whole self or physical, intellectual, social, and emotional areas.

Unit 1. Self-Concept. What It Is, How It’s Formed, and Why It’s Important (Philosophy and Circle)

Unit 2. Positive Actions for your Body and Mind

Unit 3. Managing Yourself Responsibly

Unit 4. Treating Others the Way You Like to be Treated (Social Skills and Character)

Unit 5. Being Honest with Yourself and Others (Mental Health)

Unit 6. Improving Yourself Continually (Setting and Achieving Goals)

These unit concepts integrate, coordinate, and align the school, home, and community programs to create a coherent, consistent and unified program.

School Program

The school program includes the Positive Action curriculum and the school-climate program. The K–8 curriculum has an Instructor’s Kit (manual/scripted lessons, activities, and materials) for each grade level. Materials include posters, music, activity sheets or booklets, and other manipulatves for 30 students per classroom. The 9–12 curriculum has an Instructor’s Kit (manual/scripted lessons, activities, and materials) for each grade level.

Materials include posters, activity sheets, journals, student textbooks, and other manipulatves. Each high school kit works for all four grade levels. The school-climate program, contained in Elementary and Secondary Climate Development Kits, helps students, educators, parents, and community members practice and reinforce classroom concepts.

The Climate Development Kits include items and activities to reinforce positive actions: words-of-the-week, newsletter templates, assemblies, stickers, tokens, positive notes, etc. They reinforce the good feelings that students have when they do positive actions (that is, they help develop intrinsic, rather than extrinsic, motivation to engage in positive actions).

A Counselor’s Kit (that includes the text, Positive Actions for Living) is used for additional counseling sessions and with individuals, small groups and families.

Family and Community Programs

The Family Kit includes a manual of 42 lessons and colorful materials for parents to use at home. The Family Classes and Parenting Classes Kits teach families and parents how to use the Family Kit at home in seven classes (for entire families or just parents). The Community Kit describes how to organize all parts of the community to support the school and families in developing a positive community for children and youth.