Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
3/5/2019 - 7:00 PM  
10.1 Approval of 9-12 New Course Description – Positive Psychology  
Attachment Summary:
File Attachment:
Positive Psychology DRAFT 2.7.19.pdf
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Staff will present one new course for consideration and approval.  
The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is committed to developing courses that provide students with a wide-range of opportunities to prepare students to “contribute and thrive in a changing world.” Our Board of Education encourages creating new courses and updating courses that are engaging to our students and prepares them for success in the 21st Century. The new course includes the California State Standards and supports students in their pursuit of college and career readiness.  
We strive to remain responsive in meeting student and parent requests for rigorous college preparatory coursework, career technical education, and elective opportunities that will prepare our students for multiple options beyond high school. We collaborate closely with our high school teachers and administrators to keep our current courses updated and new courses prepared for Board approval.

In an effort to meet the student demand for psychology courses, and to create an entry level course for students prior to taking an upper division psychology course, the following new elective course is being presented for consideration and approval. This course is also uniquely thematically tied to our social-emotional learning focus.

New Course:

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human happiness, well-being, and strength of character. This is an introductory course to the field of psychology. The following topics will be covered: defining and measuring happiness; interpreting beliefs; developing healthy self-esteem; mindfulness, focus, and appreciation; learned optimism; intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation; resilience and post-traumatic growth; perfectionism; creativity; setting goals and forming positive habits; and social support structures and healthy relationships. Students will engage in detailed analysis of these concepts and gain an understanding of the research behind them.

Fiscal Impact:
Instructional materials will be purchased from our District-established Instructional Materials budget using Local Control Funding Formula dollars.  
Superintendent's Recommendation
Approve 9-12 New Course Description - Positive Psychology  
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jodi Robison - Executive Assistant
Signed By:  
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Anne White Moved, Member Emily Prusso seconded to approve the Original motion 'Approve 9-12 New Course Description - Positive Psychology'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 4 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 4 - 0
Craig Bueno     Yes
Chuck Rogge     Yes
Anne White     Yes
Emily Prusso     Yes