What is Positive Education?

Positive Education is based on Positive Psychology – the science of well-being founded by Dr. Martin Seligman. Grounded in the best evidence-based education practices around the world, Positive Education combines academic achievement, well-being, and individual character strengths to better equip communities (teachers, students, and school systems) with the well-being skills and tools needed to flourish in ways that support and strengthen traditional learning. In a school setting, research shows that identifying a person’s strengths and focusing on developing skills to cultivate and leverage those strengths (rather than on “fixing” one’s faults) leads to greater well-being and better academic and other desirable life outcomes. In short, positive education will not only improve wellness in our students and teachers; it will simultaneously improve our academic excellence as well.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.