Poster Presentation 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019

Co Creating A Cultural Transformation (#509)

Maria M Allison 1
  1. Ringwood Secondary College, Ringwood, VICTORIA, Australia

Creating a cultural shift and removing barriers on our positive education journey was crucial change for Ringwood Secondary College. Building a positive narrative between staff and students around the validity of an explicit positive education program into their weekly schedules posed problems. Teacher resistance and their lack of confidence with life affirming resilience strategies exposed problematic questions with creation of positive mindsets necessary to support the program. The creation of an explicit scope and sequence across all year levels, using age appropriate content, together with the physical restructure of the daily organisation was challenging with both financial and structural constraints key factors. As our journey continues, positive milestones and changes have been celebrated, with the redesign of the timetable,iterativecurriculum reviews, expansive staff training, increased uptake of trainers, development of consultative engaged leadership teams, specialised mentors, targeted expert professional learning and increased student agency. Participation in the ARC research project with The University of Melbourne and Geelong Grammar School has provided access to and utilisation ofevidence based research, expert guidance, well supported by real-time measurement data. The co design of our College climate is well underway. Maria Allison, Assistant Principal.