POSITIVE EDUCATION SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION (PESA)
PESA is non for profit and the National Peak Association for Positive Education (Wellbeing in Education). They are a professional association of schools, universities, researchers, charities and other community members who share an interest in an evidenced approach to wellbeing, and a commitment to supporting schools, students and the wider community to flourish.
PESA's vision for the science of wellbeing and Positive Psychology is to be integrated throughout the education system, enabling all students, schools and communities to flourish.
PESA's mission is to lead, promote and foster the implementation and development of Wellbeing in Education.
PESA continue to offer their ongoing support and guidance for the team at Where there’s a Will. We extend our gratitude to PESA for their time, insights and experience that they openly share with us.
PROFESSOR LEA WATERS AM, PhD - VISIBLE WELLBEING
Professor Lea Waters AM, PhD is an Australian academic, researcher, psychologist, author and speaker who specialises in positive education, parenting and organisations.
Visible Wellbeing (VWB) is a whole school partnership which combines the science of wellbeing with the science of learning to guide a school through a two year organisational change process that takes positive education beyond curriculum and into cultural change - embedding wellbeing across all areas of the school for students, teachers, leaders and staff.
VWB brings together Professor Waters' three areas of expertise - positive psychology, education and organisational psychology - to create a sustainable wellbeing approach that:
- helps students, teachers and staff to more clearly see their own and other's wellbeing using VWB practices;
- helps students, teachers and staff more systemically build wellbeing using the SEARCH framework;
- facilitates learning through the Visible Wellbeing classroom process.
At the core of VWB is the SEARCH framework, developed by Professor Waters from her large scale bibliometric analysis of over 18,000 journal articles across 700 psychology and educational journals. When the SEARCH framework is used in schools, research has demonstrated an increase in students wellbeing literacy across all 6 pathways to wellbeing:
Attention and Awareness
Habits and Goals