Building A Positive School Culture: Creating Connections With Students, Colleagues, and Families

Building A Positive School Culture: Creating Connections With Students, Colleagues, and Families

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3 Semester Credits
Recommended For: Teachers, Counselors, Administration

This course focuses on applying the principles of neuroscience and positive psychology from Dr. Shawn Achor’s, Happiness Advantage. Through this course, educators will gain valuable insights into how these principles can improve students’ cognitive abilities, memory retention, concentration, focus, and creativity, while also promoting respect for diversity and establishing an environment for learning. The course will also provide educators with effective communication and conflict resolution skills that can reduce bullying, improve student engagement, and classroom behavior.  This course will also delve into different personality types.  Understanding Myers-Briggs personalities can help educators create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment and work culture. Educators will learn to manage their classrooms better, enhance communication, promote professional collaboration, and engage in reflective practices.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify evidence-based practices for promoting a positive brain and develop strategies for implementing these practices in both personal and professional environments.
  • Analyze the drama triangle and cultivate skills to avoid workplace gossip and negative communication patterns.
  • Explain the principles of effective conversation and develop habits that foster improved listening and inquiry skills.
  • Describe the characteristics of different personality types according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, identify the strengths of each personality, and acknowledge the learning preferences of each type. Develop strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners.
  • Analyze the three major root causes of conflict and implement the Reflect-Empathize-Logic framework to solve workplace and classroom conflicts.
  • Identify strategies and collaborate with peers to build better connections with students, including active listening, building rapport, and providing meaningful feedback.

Optional: Adams State University Credit

*Optional Adams State University credit after the class ends (additional $165).

*Credit can not be awarded for both “Happy Schools How to Interact With Others To Create A More Positive Environment” and “Building a Positive School Culture: Creating Connections With Students, Colleagues, and Families” due to overlap in content and objectives.

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20 reviews for Building A Positive School Culture: Creating Connections With Students, Colleagues, and Families

  1. Jen Cooper

    “I loved that all the activities that we participated in could be brought back to share with our staff as well as our students.” -Jennifer M.

  2. Jen Cooper

    “The course gave me lots of great ideas. The Ted Talks were fabulous!” -Tonia H.

  3. Jen Cooper

    “Great ideas for focusing on the positive aspects of my job.” -Candice B.

  4. Jen Cooper

    “I really loved this course. Many of the lessons were applicable not only in the workplace but in my personal life too. I found myself talking about the lessons with my partner and friends because I found them so interesting.” -Emily B.

  5. Jen Cooper

    “Juliette Britton does an excellent job of lecturing, providing adequate information, and outlining expectations for each assignment.” -Eric. O

  6. Jen Cooper

    “I have enjoyed all three of the courses that I have taken from you. One of the things I noticed, and liked very much, about this new course, is how you integrated the TedEx (etc.) videos directly into your lectures.” -Jonathan Y.

  7. Jen Cooper

    “I love the ideas I can take to my school community.” -Rebecca H.

  8. Jen Cooper

    “I loved that the goal was to focus on positivity! I also loved the practical strategies! The last few years have been hard and I don’t want that to define my school, my teaching, or my life. This class helped!” -Brenda W.

  9. Jen Cooper

    “The topic – creating a positive school environment and preventing burnout. I really enjoy looking at personality types too.” -Suzy R.

  10. Jen Cooper

    “The activities that made me think about how I’m going to implement my learning.” -Sarah P.

  11. Jen Cooper

    “This is EXACTLY what I needed to start the year with a positive frame of mind, thank you!!” -Wendy D.

  12. Jen Cooper

    “It covers a lot of topics that are sort of nebulous (positive relationships with others, conflict resolution, creating a happy environment) so they often don’t get a lot of attention, but they are super important to the quality of our day-to-day work life.” -Jessie S.

  13. Jen Cooper

    “I learned a lot about myself and how I can best communicate and understand others.” -Barb L.

  14. Jen Cooper

    “I LOVE how applicable this course is to my teaching position. I love that the assignments and activities support building a positive school culture.” -Eva Z.

  15. Jen Cooper

    “All of the topics covered were relevant and covered exactly what I was hoping.” -Michaela C.

  16. Jen Cooper

    “I absolutely love psychology, specifically around personality, so the Meyers-Briggs lesson was really great. I also loved the amount of ideas and resources we can take back to start out the school year both in our classrooms and with staff.” -Katherine S.

  17. Jen Cooper

    “The lectures and Ted Talks were engaging and relevant.” -Michele H

  18. Jen Cooper

    “I appreciate the YouTube lectures with great information that I can apply to my gym classroom right away!” -Suzanne J.

  19. Jen Cooper

    “”The strategies that I now have in my toolbox.” -Patrick F.

  20. Jen Cooper

    “I enjoyed all of the strategies for dealing with gossip and conflict as well as the lesson on Sparking Magic and finding joy.” -Colleen N.

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