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Department of Education
The PAL advisor training prepares school site advisors and a second support person, typically a teacher, counselor, or other school administrator, to train students and implement a peer-to-peer outreach program for elementary, middle, or high school students. These advisor trainings provide the “how to” of establishing a school site PAL program, including: components for organizing and implementing lessons, securing staff and parental support, selecting students, identifying resources, and evaluating the program.
The PAL elementary curriculum lessons are aligned with California Health Standards and offer a comprehensive, sequential leadership growth experience for students. The lesson goals include the development of knowledge in communication skills, decision making, problem-solving, goal setting, cross-age helping, self-confidence building, cooperation, substance abuse prevention, stress/anger management, and healthy lifestyles. Students are trained in leadership skills that enable them to make an impact on their campus and prepare them for future participation in middle/high school PAL programs. This curriculum provides opportunities for whole group and partner discussions and journal topics to help students reflect, practice, and apply the skills taught.
The PAL middle and high school curriculum includes student lessons and activities to develop the following skills: group dynamics, self-awareness, understanding behavior, decision-making, problem-solving, communication, facilitation, public speaking and writing. Age appropriate topics are addressed, such as diversity, substance abuse prevention, anger management, and working with students who have special needs. Supplemental materials include: asset building, crisis management, dealing with bullies, and managing stress.