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For Individuals, Families, Schools/Sites, and Communities

Many parts and pieces come together in the comprehensive Positive Action program to bring positive changes to individuals, families, schools/sites, and communities. The many parts and their cohesive alignment are described in this program model diagram. You can see exactly how everything fits together and use the model as a guide in your own Positive Action program. Here’s how it works in a nutshell.

The Positive Action model consists of three main parts: how to prepare to implement the model, what the model is, and how to know that the model works.

How to prepare to implement the Positive Action model

In the first part, the model outlines the adoption process, necessary training, and professional development. The Positive Action Coordinator (principal/leader or designee) and the Positive Action Committee organize program administration along with utilizing and coordinating resources.

What the Positive Action model is

In the second part, a mission statement gives the program’s purpose: “To improve society by teaching and promoting the positive actions that lead individuals, families, schools/sites, and communities to success and happiness, which is feeling good about who you are and what you are doing (being the best you can be).” There are four goals under the mission statement: to improve (1) individuals, (2) families, (3) schools/sites, and (4) communities by teaching that doing positive actions helps to develop a positive identity.

The program philosophy, “You feel good about yourself when you do positive actions, and there is always a positive way to do everything,” underlies these goals. The philosophy is illustrated in the Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle diagram.

The Positive Action program model applies the philosophy in the six program units. Unit 1 explains what self-concept is, how it’s formed (Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle), and why it's important. Unit 2 teaches the physical and intellectual positive actions for a healthy body and mind. Units 4–6 teach positive actions for the social/emotional areas. These unit concepts align and integrate the curricula and climates of the instruction, home, and community programs.

The instruction program for schools/sites includes the Positive Action curriculum and the site-wide climate program. The K–12 curriculum features a separate Teacher’s/Facilitator’s Kit for each grade that contains a manual with scripted lessons and activities and other materials. Drug Education Supplement Kits with manuals and materials for Grade 5 and Middle School are incorporated into the curriculum to prevent drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.

The site-wide climate program centers on the Elementary and Secondary Climate Kits with a guide and materials to help students and staff practice and reinforce positive actions site-wide. A Counselor’s Kit has a manual with lessons and materials for classroom teaching, individual and small group counseling, and parenting classes. A Conflict Resolution Kit with seven lessons and Conflict Resolution Plans teaches and promotes peaceful solutions to conflict within schools/sites, families, and communities.

The parent program uses the Parent's Manual from the Climate Kit and the Positive Action Family Kit with manual and materials for a home curriculum that parallels the instruction program in philosophy, program units, curriculum, and climate development. The Family Kit Facilitator’s Manual is available for facilitators of parenting classes to teach seven sessions that train parents and families to use the Family Kit.

The community program uses the Community Kit to develop community activities that parallel the instruction and home programs in philosophy, program units, curriculum, and climate development.

The consistent outcomes are evidence of the Positive Action program’s multiple effects on individuals, families, schools/sites, and communities. This evidence is organized according to the unit concepts in terms of increased positive actions and decreased negative actions. The overall result of increased positive actions and decreased negative actions is successful and happy individuals, families, schools/sites, and communities in an improved society.

How to know that the Positive Action model works

The third part of the model includes plans for monitoring implementation of the model and evaluating results and outcomes. Implementation plans measure how much was delivered, how well it was liked, and how much was learned. Effectiveness is measured by internal or external evaluations that measure increases in positive actions and decreases in negative actions.