The World Positive Education Accelerator

In June 2018, over 800 people from over 30 countries gathered in Fort Worth, TX to turn inspiration into action at the World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA). Co-convened by the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), the WPEA brought together, educators, students, parents, researchers, policy makers, business leaders, philanthropists, and foundations interested in accelerating education that, in addition to focusing on academic excellence, also imparts the tools and skills that enable wellbeing and human flourishing. On Day 1 participants learned about research, applications, and innovations happening in education and in positive psychology today. On days 2-4, they used the appreciative inquiry summit methodology to elevate the strengths in the room, generate a vision for positive education’s potential, and design and launch initiatives that will accelerate positive education around the globe.

Below are materials used to guide the event, to document their time together, and to capture impacts.

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