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Transform Your School Culture for Student Success

A love of learning. It’s what we want for all of our students – in every classroom, every day.

We want them to thrive. But we know this is not the experience for all of our students and it is more challenging than ever to create a positive learning environment critical to student success. 

The Thriving Learning Communities program applies the science of character strengths to the practice of teaching and learning. This research-based approach to improving students’ social and emotional competencies through the lens of character strengths is designed to increase motivation, engagement, learning and performance. Thriving Learning Communities is comprised of three critical elements.

1. Social and Emotional Learning sets the foundation for the program, addressing five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making (CASEL, 2005).

2. The Science of Character provides a common language from which to build social and emotional learning skills and accelerate motivation and engagement. Through our partnership with the VIA Institute, an international thought leader on character, our work is scientifically grounded in cutting-edge research.

3. Digital Tools, designed in partnership with experts at Happify, create an enhanced blended learning experience for students as they engage in online micro-learning activities designed to reinforce and extend classroom learning. 

Starting with a deep understanding of educators’ own character strengths, we explore a wide range of classroom strategies for developing a character strengths vocabulary, strengths spotting, reflecting on one’s own strengths, and embedding a strengths-based focus in classrooms and school-wide. This appreciative capacity is then directed toward the development of social emotional learning competencies. Learn more.

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Every experience with Mayerson Academy’s expert facilitators begins with the co-creation of a customized implementation plan designed to meet your school or district’s needs. Online coaching support is available after every workshop experience to ensure deep implementation and sustainability of the TLC program. Learn more.

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Available for grades five/six or grades seven/eight, the guide includes more than 200 pages of flexible classroom activities and resources to support teachers throughout the school year as they establish a thriving classroom community and deliver engaging instruction on social emotional learning through the lens of character strengths. Visit our store for more information. Learn more here.

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Capturing the best in learning theory and design, the Thriving Learning Communities Classroom Kit provides teachers with everything they need to implement a flexible curriculum. Teachers can quickly and easily access a wide range of resources within the kit, including classroom activities, professional practice tips and parental involvement resources. Visit our store for more information. Learn more here.

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The Happify™ platform offers access to over 250 interactive games and activities, including technical support and online moderation in the student community. Learn more here.

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See the Thriving Learning Communities program in action and learn more about how you can fully utilize your 24 character strengths at school, home and in your community. Learn more here.

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