What is Positive Education?
The application of the science of wellbeing and principles of Positive Psychology within education which enhances student, staff and community wellbeing and reduces illbeing.
- POSITIVE EDUCATION SCHOOL ASSOCIATION (PESA) 2019
Top 5 Reasons to Have a Certified Positive Educator on Your Staff
- Combat the epidemic of childhood mental health issues
According to the Child Mind Institute, mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood with approximately 4.4 million school-aged children having diagnosed anxiety and 1.9 million having a diagnosis of clinical depression. Positive Psychology interventions do increase happiness and decrease depressive symptoms significantly.
Sin and Lyubomirksy (2009) Bolier, Haverman, Westerhof, Riper, Smit & Bohlmeijer (2013)
- Reduce teachers’ stress and absence levels
Teachers are reporting higher stress levels than first responders. Positive Education builds a school culture that is caring, trusting while proactively preventing problem behaviors. This improves job satisfaction while simultaneously reducing teacher stress. Teachers thrive when they feel able to carry out their deeply meaningful work, inspiring their students to be lifelong learners. Positive Education empowers teachers to build stronger relationships.
- Help students attain their highest academic potential
The emphasis on Positive Psychology interventions in education increases engagement, creates more curious students, and helps develop an overall love of learning. Students associated goals positively with optimism resulting in a highly motivated student.
Fadlelmula (2010) Fisher (2015)
- Turn stress and hardship to resilience
Positive Education students are more optimistic and resilient. Results included an 11% hope increase and less anxiety approaching exams. Perseverance, engagement, and quality of relationships emerged as the strongest mechanisms underlying increases in wellbeing and enhanced academic performance.
- A shift from following and fitting in to belonging
Ten themes that influence school belonging at the student level and show improvement with Positive Education; academic motivation, emotional stability, understanding of personal characteristics, parent support, peer support, teacher support, gender, race and ethnic inclusion, extracurricular participation and environmental/school safety.
Allen, Kern, Vella-Broderick, Hattie, Waters (2016)
Learn the science and application
Live the concepts
We give you the training, tools, and community so you can explore, embody, and embed wellbeing science across a whole school community.
Students are equipped to build positive emotions, willpower, grit, emotional regulation, resilience, mindfulness, growth mindsets and strengths in the K-12 classroom. Learn to create learning environments that foster belonging, engagement, kindness and vitality. And most importantly, Certified Positive Educators will build their own toolkit of self-care strategies within a fun and supportive community from all over the world.