Curriculum Alignment

The Positivity Project’s (P2) lessons and concepts align with state-specific mental health and social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies and academic standards. P2 also interfaces with multi-tiered interventions, PBIS, Restorative Practices, and more. P2 resources are differentiated Pre-K–12 and centered on positive psychology’s 24 character strengths and the five Other People Mindset elements.

We invite you to dig into the state-specific alignment resources and blog posts listed below to learn more about how a P2 partnership can support the unique needs of your school or district.

SEL Alignment

Educators often ask how well P2 aligns with social-emotional learning (SEL) standards. The answer is that P2 is tightly aligned. Although each state has its own standards, they typically follow the five competencies from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). These competencies are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. 

To see how P2 aligns with CASEL and specific state SEL standards, choose an option below.

Mental Health Alignment

Educators and lawmakers are increasingly focused on students’ mental health. As of April 2021, over $11 million in COVID-19 relief funds have been explicitly dedicated to supporting mental health in New York schools. In 2018, New York State (NYS) became one of the first to provide guidance for effective mental health education in classrooms and schools. According to the NYSED document, “Quality mental health education is especially urgent right now, as NYS and our nation confront serious issues that impact our children’s lives both in and out of school, such as teen suicide, bullying and cyberbullying, and opioid and alcohol addiction.” To see how NYS educators view P2’s alignment with NYS mental health standards, please see below.



NYS Mental Health Requirements Align with The Positivity Project

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NYS Student Mental Health/Social Emotional Needs: One New York District’s Journey

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How New York State Mental Health Requirements Align with The Positivity Project

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Responsive Classroom

Whether you’re implementing P2 as a standalone SEL/character education curriculum or in tandem with other programs, P2 empowers schools to build and sustain a positive school climate and culture. See below for how schools use P2 to enhance essential components of Responsive Classroom, such as during classroom meetings and family partnerships.

Check out our blog post – “Responsive Classroom and The Positivity Project.”

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Restorative Practices and PBIS 

Social-Emotional Learning is considered an essential element of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Practices. When implemented school-wide with fidelity – SEL, PBIS, and Restorative Practices work together to build safer, more effective schools. See how SEL can be woven seamlessly into school-wide PBIS and Restorative Practices frameworks by explicitly teaching essential concepts and skills through The Positivity Project.

Check out our blog post – “The Positivity Project’s Alignment With The Framework Of Social-Emotional Learning, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Restorative Practices.”

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Beyond Tier 1

At Tier I, The Positivity Project helps schools develop a common school-wide vocabulary, positive culture, and self-aware, empathetic students lending itself well to opportunities for supporting behavior interventions at Tier 2 and 3. See for information regarding how a P2 Partnership can support interventions beyond Tier I.

Check out our blog post – “P2 Extends Beyond Tier I SEL Support.”

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Virtual Learning

Moving forward, we know that how instruction is delivered may continue to look different. Building a positive classroom culture and meeting your students’ social and emotional needs has become more complicated – and more critical – than ever.  Whether your district will resume full face-to-face learning, continue teaching students in a virtual classroom, or maintain a hybrid mix of in-person and virtual, see how The Positivity Project’s suite of digital resources can meet your character education/SEL needs. 

Check out our blog post – “Virtual Learning with The Positivity Project.”

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English Language Arts Alignment

Through impactful lessons, classroom discussions, and reflections on character strengths, students learn to recognize, appreciate, and articulate positive character traits in themselves and others. This includes characters found in literature. Concepts taught through P2 blend well within ELA standards across grade levels. See for examples of how educators have used P2 to enhance their students’ ELA assignments.

Check out our blog post–”The Wild Robot’s Character Strengths.”

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