Although all nine modules can be taken individually, they are complimentary and best taken together. Our full course comprises all nine monthly modules and is designed to fit into a normal school year. Just 45 minutes per week will complete the course over nine months. See the module descriptions below.
We train individual teachers as well as entire schools and districts to integrate our proven practices into their classrooms. Teachers then use our platform to pass on what they’ve learned to their students. Our teacher-based curriculum drives our mission to create a more mindful and thriving world through education.
Meticulously curated from the work of some of the world’s most influential and respected researchers, our curriculum is both pragmatic and accessible to teachers and leaders. Our nine month-long modules balance mindfulness, positive psychology, growth mindset, and other approaches proven to empower teachers and their students. These methods have been shown not only to boost student achievement, but also to cultivate a more thoughtful and compassionate culture in the classroom.
Each of our modules is designed for teachers who wish to continue their professional and personal development inside and outside the classroom. Teachers can choose from any of our nine modules, depending on their needs or interests. Hours may be applied toward continuing education requirements, on state and district regulations.
Each of the nine monthly modules is broken into four weeks. Teachers first learn about the proven benefits the module, then learn practices they can integrate into their own lives. In the third and fourth weeks, teachers learn how other schools have successfully leveraged these strategies and receive practical tools for classroom application.
The Aviva learning platform has been designed to ensure that teachers have the most effective and flexible learning experience possible.
- Optimization for all devices
- English, Spanish, or bilingual
- Unlimited users
- Student and teacher accounts
- Expert videos
- Technical support
- Classroom activities and resources
- Completion certificates
- Assignment and grade dashboard
The Aviva Institution Integration is for schools or districts that seek to teach the whole student. Using the tenets of positive psychology, we specially tailor our program to each of our partners.
Beginning with an analysis of the current educational culture, we support and guide our partners to create a steering committee that establishes goals and benchmarks that align with their vision. Our integration program includes access to the online Aviva Teacher Course and on-site training by Certified Aviva Trainers. These trainers are active K-12 teachers who have applied our curriculum into their own classrooms and have facilitated trainings to help other individuals and institutions do so as well.
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The vast majority of people in the world believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. So why don’t we teach happiness? Yes, like geometry, happiness can be taught and Positive Psychology has shed light on how we can take control of it. According to researchers, 50% of happiness is determined by our genetics, 10% is determined by our situation, but the remaining 40% is completely controlled by the individual. In this module, we introduce the science of happiness and give you proven techniques for boosting you and your students’ happiness.
Mindfulness allows students to get in touch with what’s really happening, both in their environment and internally. Research has shown that ten minutes per day of mindfulness can increase both teachers’ and students’ executive functioning, emotional regulation, self calming, and social skills. Since the teacher is the pulse of the classroom, we start our mindfulness training there, providing instructions that can be passed onto students as the teacher becomes comfortable. With practice by teachers and a dedicated portion of time in the classroom, a mindful teacher can have a dramatically positive effect on the learning environment.
We all know that we have unique strengths and weaknesses, but do you really know what yours are? Do your students? Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology, has shown that effective character education can lead to higher levels of student and teacher well-being. We use the VIA Character Strengths Test to help teachers and students document their strengths and remain focused on those, not their deficiencies. Empowered with this knowledge, Aviva trained teachers boost students’ confidence, sense of self, and academic achievement.
Every day your students tackle new academic challenges and their mindsets have a huge impact on their level of success. Do they fear failure or do they see failure as a stepping stone to growth? The difference is huge. Research has shown that students with a growth mindset go on to achieve more than those that don’t. But, growth mindset is not something that comes naturally; it needs to be taught in the classroom. In this module, we use Carol Dweck’s research to show how teachers can alter their language in the classroom to cultivate a growth mindset in students. The students of Aviva trained teachers embrace more risk, failure, and ultimately, growth, in their quest for learning.
Gratitude is proven to increase happiness and it comes in many forms. From gratitude journals to structured appreciation sessions, there are countless ways that teachers can incorporate gratitude into their own lives and their classrooms. Using gratitude as a positivity enabler allows teachers and students to appreciate the small things in everyday life. In conjunction with our happiness training, this module empowers teachers to make their classrooms more joyful and supportive. Gratitude is truly a gift worth learning.
We all face obstacles to success: lack of confidence, negative self-talk, or trauma. However, students that persevere utilize skills that can be taught to any student. The skills that make up this ability are known as Grit. Recent research has sparked a national conversation on how students that demonstrate high levels of Grit have higher levels of academic achievement and success later in life. In this module, teachers get their hands dirty with research-backed strategies for bringing Grit and resilience into their own lives and their classrooms.
Besides their families, students spend a majority of their time with their teachers and classmates. Because of this, school is the most important source of social emotional learning (SEL) in a child’s education.
Whether or not it’s explicitly taught, social emotional learning occurs naturally. Students learn how to play, share, communicate their needs, and listen to the needs of others. Unfortunately, without leadership, students’ social emotional learning will be stunted. In this module, instructors learn to teach social and emotional skills to their students without even changing the subject of their lessons. SEL has both short and long term benefits in students, including increased awareness of self and techniques for self-care, higher capacity for empathy, and better decision-making skills for both intrapersonal and interpersonal choices.
Authentic happiness is created by living a life filled with purpose and intention. It also comes from acknowledging that constant happiness is unrealistic. However, recent research has shown that by deeply pursuing activities that we feel passionate about, we can achieve states of “flow.” In these states of flow, we shut out all distractions and become fully immersed in the present. Common in professional musicians, engineers, and other highly trained individuals, flow is linked to long-term happiness. By applying one's strengths and creating flow activities in life and in the classroom, we can cultivate an environment which students and the school culture can thrive.
Appreciative Inquiry redistributes power to a group by asking a simple question, “How can we be better?” When leaders ask this question, something amazing happens – people speak up with great ideas, become more engaged in their work, and feel a greater sense of ownership in their school. Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, mindfulness-driven process of improving an organization, which can be anything from a single classroom to a whole school. When done well, participants leave the process with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm. In this module, we teach the five principles of appreciative Inquiry and give you concrete strategies for incorporating it into your classroom or your whole school.
The Science of Happiness
What determines our happiness? A common misconception is that happiness is largely dependent on our situation or external factors. However, a relatively new field of psychology called Positive Psychology is shedding light on how we can take control of our individual happiness. According to researchers, 50% of happiness is determined by our genetics. 10% is determined by our situation. However, the remaining 40% is completely controlled by the individual. Clinical studies have identified specific intentional activities that we can integrate into our lives that will increase our overall happiness and wellbeing.
- History of Positive Psychology
- Definition of Happiness
- Intentional Activities
- Positivity Ratio
Research has shown that 10 minutes per day of mindfulness can increase children’s executive functioning, emotional regulation, self calming and social skills. Since the teacher is the pulse of the classroom, it is important that the teacher has the ability to connect their mind and body. With consistent personal practice by teachers and a dedicated portion of time in the classroom, a teacher can have a dramatic positive effect on the learning environment.
Dr. Martin Seligman's research demonstrates that effective character education can lead to higher levels of student well-being. Identifying students’ character strengths and focusing on their strengths rather than their deficiencies provides another pathway to creating flourishing classrooms. Teachers will learn how to use Dr. Seligman´s VIA Character Strengths to create a strengths-based classroom.
- Introduction to Character
- Character Strengths in the Classroom
- Character Growth Cards
- Feedback Matters
This module is based on Carol Dweck’s research on Fixed vs Growth Mindset. The teacher will learn how to adopt a growth mindset for themselves and then how to alter their language in the classroom to cultivate a growth mindset in students. In the process of shifting from a fixed to a growth mindset, teachers and students may bump into deceptive brain messages such as, “I am not good at math.” These fixed mindset messages can be changed due to the neuroplasticity of the brain. By simply adding the word “yet” to the end of a fixed mindset message, one can change the mental outlook and allow for a more positive outcome. The growth mindset message is, “I am not good at math….yet.”
- Fixed vs Growth mindset
- Deceptive Brain Messages
Expressing gratitude is one of the proven intentional activities that boosts positive emotions thus increase overall happiness and wellbeing. Using gratitude as a positivity enabler will allow one to appreciate the small things in everyday life. Giving and receiving gratitude is a gift worth learning.
- Gratitude: A positive emotion
- Benefits of gratitude
- Gratitude in Education
- How to give and receive gratitude?
Through learning and teaching grit and resilience, teachers will cultivate a classroom where students learn to persevere through difficulties and challenges. So even as life's up and downs occur, students will continue to flourish and grow from each experience.
- Bouncing Back
- Post traumatic growth
- What does it mean to be gritty?
Emotional and Social Intelligence
Emotional self awareness and the ability to identify the emotions of others is a skill that can be developed. The more awareness you have of your own emotional state, the more equipped you will be to healthfully express those emotions. While we tend to desire positive emotions and avoid negative emotions, it is important to know that negative emotions are a natural part of being human and should not be avoided. In fact, they should be fully embraced as they arise. If they are allowed to be fully felt, the quicker one can get back to feeling authentic positive emotions.
- Self control
- Self regulation
- Self Awareness
- Relationship Management
Being happy 100% of the time is not reality and definitely not sustainable. Authentic happiness is created by living a life filled with purpose and intention. By applying ones strengths and creating flow activities in life and in the classroom, we can cultivate an environment which the school culture can thrive.
- Self concordant goals
- What is your purpose?
- Are you in alignment with your intention?
- Life Cycles
Start by asking the right questions. What is working well in the school, in the classroom, and in each lesson plan. By choosing to focus on what is working well then you will attract more of the good and will be able to effectively learn from challenges.
- What is working?
- What is working best!
- How can we grow and improve
- Vision boarding