Curriculum Alignment

How The Positivity Project Aligns with NY SEL Benchmarks

By Melissa Killingbeck

The purpose of this document is to provide detailed descriptors of how The Positivity Project lessons and concepts, centered around the five elements of the Other People Mindset and the 24 character strengths, align with the Social Emotional Learning goals with associated benchmarks as identified by the New York State Department of Education.

Goal 1. Develop self-awareness and self-management skills essential to success in school and life
Knowing one’s emotions, how to manage them, and ways to express them constructively are essential life skills. These skills enable one to handle stress, control impulses, and motivate oneself to persevere when faced with personal, academic, or work-related obstacles. A related set of skills involves accurately assessing one’s abilities and interests, building upon strengths, making effective use of family, school, and community supports and resources. Finally, it is critical for an individual to be able to establish and monitor one’s own progress toward achieving goals, whether personal, academic, career, or work-related. These social-emotional skills, thought processes, and behavioral strategies can be contributing factors to one’s sense of self-confidence and sense of optimism as they provide a strong foundation for achieving success in school and in life.   To read the full document, click here.

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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!