Positive Action recognizes the unique value of each person; provides academic, physical, social, and emotional guidance in a safe, supportive environment; and promotes partnerships between school, home, and community. It works for students with special needs of all types, including autism, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, physical disabilities, and intellectual disability.
It strengthens core academic programs by teaching learning skills, incorporating state standards, developing intrinsic motivation, and reducing classroom disruptions. It helps special needs students integrate into mainstream classrooms, and gives them the essential skills and motivation to achieve academically and in life.
Positive Action can help schools assess special education students’ needs and plan how to meet them with Individualized Education Plans. The “Lessons for Life” surveys assess whether students have the skills, or positive actions, that they need to be good learners and productive citizens.
A Positive Action Committee provides the school’s leadership with the forum and tools to create a plan to meet the needs of special education students. The tools include a Committee Handbook, surveys, calendars, templates for meeting logs and agendas, behavior management forms, and “Dear Parents” letters.
Positive Action also promotes partnerships between school, home, and community. The program increases parental involvement through the school curriculum, site-wide climate activities, and classes designed to teach families how to use the Family Kit at home. For more intensive help, community involvement and counselor curriculum is also available. All components share the same core concepts, which create a coherent strategy.