River’s Path Community

A community dedicated to inspiring teachers

to bring out the best in every student,

starting with themselves. *

* If you’re responsible for the learning, growth and development of anyone, then you’re a teacher. 

About this Community

If you’re a teacher, school leader or educator hoping to unleash the power of positive education in your classroom or community, then we welcome you to join River’s Path community. Discover the depth of your commitment to teaching. Explore what you most value and learn how it can guide you through the challenges of your work. Give your students the greatest opportunities for growth by taking the time to develop yourself.

Too many educators approach school as a problem to be solved. But when we focus on the strengths in ourselves and our students instead of on our deficits, schools transform into places of discovery, acceptance, surprise and development. At their best, schools serve as communities in which to learn about ourselves, others and the world around us. When we live this truth, we are able to reframe many of the problems that we encounter in school as opportunities for connection, growth and compassion. 

Core Topics

Focus on these areas.

Positive Communication

Forge high-quality connections with students and colleagues.

Positive Emotions

Practice gratitude, self-compassion and mindfulness.

Peak Performance

Restore your energy, find your flow and exist in the present.

Growth Mindset

Cultivate grit, willpower, resilience and perseverance.

Skills You Will Learn

Practice positive psychology and share skills with your students.

Practice these skills:

  • Develop a strengths-based vocabulary
  • Identify strengths in yourself and others
  • Develop a mindful approach
  • Listen with intention
  • Practice gratitude
  • Nurture a growth mindset
  • Build high-quality connections
  • Manage your commitments
  • Make clear requests
  • Generate flow states
  • See new possibilities
  • Practice self-compassion

And be able to:

  • Develop and focus on your core commitments as a teacher.
  • Access your inner wisdom to manage your time and the complexity and demands of teaching.
  • Develop a growth orientation in a mutually supportive community, founded on the cultural importance and collective intelligence of teachers.

Meet Your Coach

Dr. Ron Lalonde, positive education expert, leads the River’s Path Community.

Ronald D. Lalonde is the regional manager of the Institute of Positive Education and the founder of Riverspath Coaching and Consulting. He is formerly the middle school principal of the American School of Dubai and the American School Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Lalonde has researched extensively and developed applications of positive psychology to middle-level education. He continues to seek ways to reimagine student relationships with schools, as well as adult attitudes toward adolescents and adolescence. Schools under Dr. Lalonde’s leadership have been commended for the healthy student-teacher relationships and high student well-being.

As a school leader, Dr. Lalonde created a successful Instructional Coaching Program and has gone on to explore and promote leadership coaching in international schools. In his 20 years in international education, he has held leadership positions at schools in England, the United Arab Emirates and Mexico. He speaks about leadership coaching and personal transformation, as well as the critical role they play in improving school cultures and creating space for school change. Dr. Lalonde has been a key contributor to developing and refining teacher supervision and professional development models in three schools, and this continues to be central to his consulting work.

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