Celebrating 10 Years of Positive Education

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This year marks 10 years of positive education pioneered by Geelong Grammar School (GGS) and leading researchers in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania including Dr. Martin Seligman, Dr. Karen Reivich and Dr. James Pawelski. To celebrate this milestone, we would like to share some thoughts from the Director of the Institute of Positive Education, Justin Robinson,  as he reflects on the last 10 years.

Ten Thoughts On Positive Education:

After much deliberation, I thought it would useful to offer ten reflections on Positive Education, which I hope you will find interesting and helpful.

1. Positive Education is more of a philosophy than a program.  It is a way of living, a way of teaching, a way of dealing with mistakes, a way of nurturing a sense of belonging and a sense of community.

2.Positive Education is an evidence-based, strengths-based, proactive, whole-school approach to nurturing individual and community wellbeing.  It is the combination of these four elements which makes Positive Education innovative.

3. Staff wellbeing is a vital ingredient to the success of Positive Education.

4. Positive Education is helping us to educate the whole child.

5. Whilst we believe flourishing is a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’, we also believe it is helpful for us to think of flourishing more from a caring orientation, rather than a feeling orientation.  Our goal isn’t to feel good, our goal is to do good – to care for others, to care for one self and to care for causes.

6. Positive Education is sowing seeds for life.  Some of these seeds will germinate straight away and some seeds may lie dormant for a period of time before germinating, and some seeds may never germinate.  Our goal is to sow seeds generously.

7. Positive Education is an ongoing journey requiring the hearts, hands and minds of one’s school community.  Remember to enjoy the journey.

8. Doing Positive Education well is complex and challenging, yet it is really fun!  Whilst the importance of our work is vital, we can and should ensure our work around wellbeing is playful and engaging.

9. The four cyclical and related processes of Learn, Live, Teach and Embed are critical to the success of implementing Positive Education.

10. It is important to remember that wellbeing is both taught and caught.  It is critical for us to role-model behaviours in line with wellbeing and to consider the impact our school environment is having in helping or hindering the key elements of Positive Education.

If you’d like to learn more about Positive Education, don’t miss out on two important events this year in Australia and America.

2018 National PESA Conference, April 11-14, 2018.

PESA 2018 will bring together over 30 leading national and international presenters and educators from around the world. Join us for three days and enjoy a retreat style conference with amazing keynotes, inspiring masterclasses, innovative workshops, mystery events, wellbeing activities, fireside conversations and more.  Held at GGS Corio campus.

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The World Positive Education Accelerator, June 25-28, 2018.

This event is a four day gathering of educators, academics, policymakers, families, students, and businesses from nearly three dozen countries aimed at accelerating positive education. We have a vibrant agenda that weaves both cutting-edge practices, research, and innovations in positive education, along with a full Appreciative Inquiry summit process. 

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