What's News? Summer 2023

News · Jul 12, 2023


Curriculum News


All Systems Go!

A Peaceable Place - Grade 5
2024 Edition

Fifth graders blast off on a fun-filled, interactive mission to a peaceable place.  In Too Good for Violence - A Peaceable Place for Grade 5, students develop their self-efficacy and interpersonal skills and use them to resolve conflict peacefully, identify and respond to bullying and cyberbullying situations in healthy ways, and learn how to engage with friends and peers online and in person safely and with respect.

Learning objectives and activities have been introduced in this update to promote positive digital citizenship skills development.  Scenarios, role plays, and interactive learning activities feature online and in person scenarios for introduction, application, and practice of the program’s skills and strategies in virtual interaction environments. 

A Peaceable Place aims to increase student knowledge of the concept of positive digital citizenship as they practice and develop the skills and expectations of the digital citizen. 
A Peaceable Place Grade 5 is now supported in the Too Good Lesson Resources Center with access to downloadable content including Home Workouts, Evaluation Instruments, Lesson Visuals, Parent Letters, and Activity Instructions. 

Available Fall 2023

Prevention Best Practices

Reinforcing Positive Norms

Our expectations of what things will do for us influence the choices we make.  We choose to do things or choose to buy things with the expectation the choice will provide a benefit or contribute to our efforts to reach a broader goal.  For example, someone may expect the new pair of running shoes they bought to help them run faster.  Running faster will help them run a faster mile. Running a faster mile will get them to the finish line first.  Many factors contribute to our expectations.  Media portrayals of products and events and the actions of others influence the appeal or perceived utility we hold for certain activities or products.

Expectations­­ of alcohol use works in this way.  Some people are drawn to alcohol by a positive expectation of what drinking will do for them, like make them feel happier or look cooler.  Portrayals of alcohol use in film, social media, video games, and music, for instance, rarely include the negative consequences of drinking alcohol in their story telling.  The follow-on effect on our expectations therefore is a bit one-sided.
Adolescents often overestimate the number of their peers who drink and are often surprised to find out that fewer than 15% of adolescents participate in underage ATOD use, meaning more than 85% of teenagers do not use drugs, including alcohol.
Presenting a more complete picture regarding peer behavior norms is a central tenet of effective prevention.  Early intervention in a child’s development strengthens protective factors, like healthy normative perceptions of the risks of underage alcohol use, before problem behaviors develop.  Building protection within the adolescent prepares and equips him or her to resist or reject problem behaviors and mitigates the influence of the risk factors faced at school, at home, and in the community.
Establishing healthy, positive norms is an essential part of building expectations aligned with healthy decision making.  Presenting and reinforcing positive messages consistent with healthy, pro-social norms about drug-free living will yield more balanced expectations of alcohol use and other risky behavior.

Upcoming Open Enrollment Trainings

Curriculum Trainings:

August 8-10, 2023 - Los Angeles, CA
October 3-5, 2023 - Boston, MA
February 6-8, 2024 - Atlanta, GA


Too Good Curriculum Trainings combine evidence-based prevention strategies and proven best practices to give you the skills, knowledge base, and confidence to deliver Too Good effectively and with results.  Our professional trainers bring extensive, real-world classroom experience to the training sessions so you can get the most out of your Too Good implementation.   
Single day sessions at each development level for Too Good for Drugs and TGFV - A Peaceable Place / Social Perspectives, for Elementary, Middle School, and High School and for Seeds of Nutrition for Middle School are available.

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Upcoming Conferences

Here's where we'll be in the next few months.  If you're in the area, stop by and say hello. We'd love to see you and find out how your prevention efforts are going.

American School Counselor Association Conference

Atlanta, Georgia
July 15-18, 2023

National Prevention Network Conference

Birmingham, Alabama 
Aug 15-17, 2023

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State Annual Conference

Albany, New York
September 10-13, 2023

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