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Course Date(s):

October 4 - November 15, 2023
Synchronous online learning dates:
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 4:00-6:00pm
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 4:00-5:30pm
Asynchronous learning modules: October 11, 18; November 1, 2023

Unless otherwise noted, course times listed are in EST

Registration Deadline:

October 2, 2023


Online Facilitated




20 PDPs

Grad Credit:

Optional 1 graduate credit from Worcester State University - $125, available at the time of course registration


$290 / TEC Members
$340 / Non-TEC Members

Withdrawals: No credits/refunds will be given unless TEC is notified 10 business days before the first class. All payments processed upon receipt.



All PreK-12 Educators

Pathways to Happiness: An Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology and Happiness Studies

Growing evidence shows us that happy people enjoy better physical and mental health, are more generous, more socially engaged, and typically experience more success in life. Implementing research-based practices that promote happiness may enhance your personal life, the lives of your students, and your classroom instruction.  

In this course, we will draw from the fields of Positive Psychology and Happiness Studies to explore powerful information and tools that, when applied, can improve the quality of your life and the lives of your students. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The focus is on building what goes right rather than fixing what is wrong.  

Happiness Studies is an interdisciplinary field that brings together what psychology has to say about happiness with what philosophy, economics, literature, and biology also have to say about living the “good life”.  

Topics include the following: developing a new relationship with stress, tapping into the mind-body connection, cultivating positive emotions, utilizing your unique profile of character strengths, building resilience and post-traumatic growth and cultivating hope and grounded optimism.

CASEL competencies will be addressed throughout the course.

To find out more about the Happiness Studies Academy, from which this course is developed, click here.

About the Instructor

Karen Renaud, M.Ed., MAHPERD Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year 2016.  Karen has been teaching in the field of wellness education for 23 years.  She is the former K-12 Wellness Subject Matter Leader for the Hopkinton Public School district and is currently working as an educator trainer with the Mental Health Collaborative.  Several years ago, she was introduced to Positive Psychology while developing a high school stress management course.  She was so fascinated by this field of study that she enrolled in a certification program in Wholebeing Positive Psychology.  In the years since, she has also completed certifications in Positive Psychology Coaching, Meditation and Mindfulness, and Happiness Studies with Dr. Tal Ben Shahar.   She has presented at the MAHPERD, SHAPE America Eastern District, SHAPE Florida, and National conventions.

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