Curriculum Alignment

P2 Extends Beyond Tier I SEL Support

By Melissa Killingbeck

The Positivity Project (P2)  provides Tier I SEL curriculum support designed to empower students with the social-emotional skills needed to build positive relationships and become their best selves.  Through explicit daily instruction around positive psychology 24 character strengths and the Other People Mindset (OPM) elements, students develop the skillset of understanding and recognizing character strengths in themselves and others.  

Powered by Google Apps for Education, P2’s fully-digital suite of Pre-K – 12 resources is easy and adaptable for teachers and engaging and impactful for students – whether learning is in-person, virtual, or hybrid.  In just 15-minutes a day, The Positivity Project helps schools develop a schoolwide common vocabulary, positive culture, and self-aware, empathetic students lending itself well to opportunities for supporting behavior interventions at Tier 2 and 3


  • Goal Setting-  The common language found through teaching the character strengths and OPM elements school-wide can be seamlessly linked to struggling students’ goals and behavior plans. 
  • Additional Resources- Lessons from the classroom can be expanded during small group social skill sessions and become a focus for conversations between students and counselors, social workers, and mentors.  Additional resources offered by P2 include but are not limited to 30+ Project Based Learning units, Spanish and Braille resources, a character education book list, a two-week relationship course for middle and high school students, and more.
  • P2 for Families (P2F2)- Designed to help drive conversations around the importance of character and positive relationships at home, this resource can also be used by social workers and counselors with struggling students.  It is differentiated for grades Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and features one quote, one video, and three questions.
  • Common Vocabulary- Character strengths and OPM elements are part of a school-wide proactive, shared language used during alternatives to exclusionary discipline and throughout more intensive intervention processes.

Just as some students require more intensive support in core content areas, such as math and reading, some will also need support beyond the classroom learning to build positive relationships and self-esteem.  The additional resources provided through P2 can help struggling students further develop the crucial SEL skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision making, and relationship development.


To see the impact this can have on your students, we’d like to invite you and any of your colleagues to sign up for a free 7-day trial

Melissa Killingbeck

Melissa Killingbeck is the Michigan State Leader for The Positivity Project. Prior to retiring from public education in 2019, Melissa proudly served as an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and principal in the Flushing school district for 25 years. Melissa is passionate about P2, and as an elementary principal, helped lead her staff and students in its successful implementation. She has witnessed first hand the power of P2 and is “Fired Up” and honored to have the opportunity to help grow and support this powerful movement throughout the Mitten State. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan-Flint, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Marygrove College, and a Certificate of K-12 Administration from Eastern Michigan University. Melissa resides in Hubbard Lake, Michigan with her husband Casey, also a retired P2 principal, and their two children, Molly & Jack, both of whom attend Michigan State University - Go Green!