Curriculum Alignment

Academic Curriculum Alignment and The Positivity Project

By Melissa Killingbeck

At The Positivity Project, our mission and vision drive us to continually seek creative ways to support our Partner Schools. That is why we regularly reach out to Partner Schools for feedback. Then, we listen and take action.

Last spring, educators shared that one of their biggest concerns was time. How would they find the time to continue the crucial work of supporting student well-being while also addressing the significant academic struggles brought on by remote learning? 

To help with this dilemma, our Resource Development Team aligned our most widely used resource — P2’s daily lessons — to K-12 national curriculum standards.  These standards include Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects; Depth of Knowledge levels; and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. 

We can’t add more hours to the day. But we hope that with these easy-to-read academic alignment documents, educators will quickly know which academic standards they are already covering through their P2 lessons – freeing up valuable time during core subjects to focus on additional academic standards. 

As a reminder, The Positivity Project is also in alignment with the state standards on mental health, social-emotional learning competencies, and positive character trait education. To see how P2 aligns, click here

Melissa Killingbeck
P2 Curriculum Manager

Melissa Killingbeck is the Curriculum Manager for The Positivity Project and ensures our resources are at their highest quality. Melissa earned her bachelor's degree and teaching certificate in elementary education and holds a Master's in Education with certification in K-12 administration. Before joining the P2 team, Melissa was a successful P2 Partner School principal in Flushing, Michigan, where she worked for 25 years as a teacher, instructional coach, and principal. After retiring from public education in 2019, Melissa relocated to northern Michigan with her husband Casey and their Silver Lab, Tank. When not knee-deep in P2 resources, Melissa can be found rockhounding along a lakeshore, enjoying a boat ride with Casey and Tank, or "downstate" visiting their two grown children.