Welcome to the Positivity Playground

Learn, Grow, and Thrive in a Global Peer Coaching Community

What Research Says About Faculty and Staff Wellbeing

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Teacher stress results in rising cortisol (stress hormone) levels in students.

Oberle & Schonert-Reichl, 2016

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Teaching is ranked as one of the three professions with the highest reports of stress and depression.

HSE, 2019

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78% of teachers report feeling physically & emotionally exhausted at the end of the day.

Briner & Dewberry, 2007

Now Is the Time to Focus on Positivity and Wellbeing.

To develop positive and resilient students, you need to have positive and resilient adults who teach and support them. Many school leaders know this but don't know how to make it happen. 

That's where we come in.

Welcome to...

The Positivity Playground Community

A proactive global network of international schools moving forward together to build positivity and wellbeing for leaders, teachers, and staff members.

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Member Schools

We're bringing together international school leaders, teachers, and staff to learn, apply, and share evidence-based positive psychology practices that will strengthen you personally and help you build wellbeing in your school communities.

The Positivity Playground will help you and your faculty/staff...

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Navigate life's ups and downs feeling strong, confident, calm, and optimistic

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Be energised by a positive and supportive global network of peers

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Contribute creatively to building wellbeing in your school community

As a member of the Positivity Playground, you'll...

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Spend more time building upon what's right with you instead of trying to fix what's "wrong"

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Improve your ability to generate multiple, flexible pathways to achieving your goals

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Increase your self-confidence so you'll handle challenges & new situations with a "can-do" attitude

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Build your coping and "bounce-back" muscles to help you grow through difficult circumstances

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View situations with realistic optimism, and stop worrying about things you can't control

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Find ways to generate more positive emotions and manage negative emotions effectively

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Think less about problems, and focus more on solutions, opportunities, and possibilities

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Facilitate strengths-based, solutions-focused, emotionally intelligent conversations

What Members Say About the Positivity Playground

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Nancy Diehl, PhD

Psychology & SEL Teacher
The Walworth Barbour

American International School of Israel

"I am really appreciating the opportunities I have to interact with the people, content, and platform. The Positivity Playground offers a different outlet and style for professional development. Our community has appreciated the opt-in philosophy so that staff can connect either synchronously and/or asynchronously.

 

WBAIS members have been appreciative of the options, variety, and quality of resources offered within the framework of the Positivity Playground. Additionally, the opportunity to connect with teachers and administrators at International Schools in other countries has enriched the experience. At a time where positivity is not always easy, supporting our own and each others' well-being is especially important."

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Kili Lay

Director of Curriculum

and Staff Development

American School of The Hague

"I love that I have an answer to those who ask, 'How might we support faculty and staff wellbeing now,  amid a global pandemic, with so much uncertainty and volatility?' The Positivity Playground is one way schools can show their commitment to wellbeing. It's a boost of what you need to feel better, to feel supported, to laugh, to connect with others who are interested in topics that are also of interest to you.

 

I personally have found the research, the articles, the organized events, and the online discussions to help build my inner resources so that I am better able to navigate the challenges I face every day - the big ones and the small ones!  

 

I find my connection to the Positivity Playground always evolving, growing deeper roots of connection, and my learning expanding with every dive into the network!"

Join Us on the Positivity Playground​!

Our school membership program is an unlimited annual plan that gives your faculty and staff maximum flexibility to participate as and when it works best for them. We welcome new Member Schools on a rolling basis and pro-rate fees for the remainder of the school year.

 

Ask about our free trial to give members of your leadership and wellbeing teams an opportunity to evaluate the Positivity Playground and determine if it's a good fit for your people and priorities.

We're here to help you strengthen your employees from the inside out, building a positive school culture.

The Positivity Playground is a global online group coaching community grounded in the science of positive psychology. It's designed to meet the needs of international school leaders who are ready to make a sound, sustainable investment in the positivity and wellbeing of their faculty & staff.

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Members can opt into as much or as little high-impact learning and coaching as they want at any given time.

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Being part of a global peer community generates fresh energy, creativity, motivation, and positive action.

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We meet people right where they are now and help them move forward positively at their own pace.

When you join the Positivity Playground, here's what you'll get...

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A research-backed system for proactively building Positive Psychological Capital in every leader, teacher, and staff member (including yourself!)

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5-Day Coaching Challenges on positivity competencies: Strengths, Hope, Confidence, Resilience, Optimism, and Solutions-Focused Thinking

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Crowdsourcing threads sharing examples of how we're building positivity and wellbeing personally, with students, & with colleagues

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Positive Peer Coach Training and Certification Program to help you embed positivity practices through an on-site network of peer coaches

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A continually growing resource bank of self-paced, evidence-based online

microlearning options and wellbeing assessments

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Member Spotlights & Guest Expert interviews on topics such as sleep, burnout, self-talk, emotional regulation, loneliness, and culture shock

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A positive and supportive moderated community of like-minded educators where you can be yourself, get real support, & renew your energy

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Group coaching circles with 30-day goal setting, weekly intention-setting, and check-ins to help you establish positivity & wellbeing habits

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Live Zoom Meetups to connect with colleagues and new friends at other schools: Book Clubs, Art Jams, TED Circles, & Networking Events

Make a Commitment to Faculty and Staff Wellbeing Today

We're Making it Easy for You to Strengthen and Support Your Faculty and Staff

The Positivity Playground helps you look after the wellbeing of the adults in your school as well as you look after your students. It's an online community of learners focused on building psychological and emotional wellbeing in themselves and others.

Develop Positive Psychological Capital

 

This starts with increasing Positive Psychological Capital, or PsyCap - a set of four inner resources: hope, confidence, resilience, & optimism.

Studies show that people with higher PsyCap experience greater positivity and wellbeing, more satisfaction with their jobs and relationships, and deeper organisational commitment. Strong PsyCap also reduces cynicism, turnover intentions, work stress, and anxiety (Luthans, et al., 2015).

 

PsyCap can be measured and developed, and its benefits have been shown to spread throughout organisations in several ways, including upward spirals, ripple effects, and contagion effects.

 

So when you develop faculty/staff PsyCap, it spreads within and across teams, flows to students, and extends to your parent community.

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Increase Positive Emotion

 

A second objective of the Positivity Playground is to generate positive emotion. Research shows that positivity broadens, or opens our hearts and minds, making us more receptive and more creative. 

Positivity also builds, or transforms us for the better, allowing us to discover and develop new skills, new ties, new knowledge, and new ways of being. (Fredrickson, 2013)

 

On the Positivity Playground, we help people identify, savor, and generate more of the ten positive emotions that impact people's day-to-day lives the most...

 

  • Joy

  • Gratitude