Littlebrook is the recipient of a generous collection of books on Positive Psychology and Positive Education that will be available to all staff as part of the school's professional learning library. The books were presented by PPS Wellness consultant Katie Curran in recognition of the school winning the "What's Right?" challenge, the first of a number of district-wide activities aimed at supporting staff wellness and promoting positive emotions, mindfulness and gratitude.
Curran, who holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, announced the winner at a Positive Emotions professional development day attended by staff from throughout the district earlier in the school year.
"If we're feeling stress, our brains can tend toward negativity. There's a science behind that," said assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Bonnie Lehet, who is working with Curran to facilitate opportunities for staff to put the principles of Positive Psychology into practice. "These books provide the research base underlying Positive Psychology and can offer our staff ideas in developing specific skills for themselves and for their students."
One of the five goals of the district's Strategic Plan, which was launched this year, is to implement policies and practices that promote wellness and balance for students and staff.
Littlebrook teachers Debra Zak, Carolyne Lederman and Christine Trautman
Positive Education consultant Katie Curran reviews a book with Littlebrook teacher Carolyne Lederman.