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Lesson One: Teaching Skills that Last a Lifetime.

A Cultural Development Ecosystem for Success

at School, Home and Community.

Lesson One provides professional development that helps public, private and charter schools establish and design themselves for implementing a School Cultural Development Ecosystem. The ecosystem provides a process to help teachers, administrators, and parents seamlessly integrate initiatives including PBIS, Restorative Justice, common core, STEAM, RtI, etc. We integrate social and academic skills through our evidence-based practice for mental health.



Finding Solutions for our Troubled Culture:

The Lesson One Intervention has been recognized by the federal government as an evidence-based practice for mental health. For more information, see the National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices/Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Website.




Lesson One was twice featured by NBC in Los Angeles for its work promoting mental health in schools as a way to help prevent tragedies like those in Isla Vista, CA, Newtown, CT and others like it around the country and for its role in providing an ecosystem for social and academic success at school, home and community.

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Other articles about Lesson One's success:

Local School Program Linked to Suspension Reduction, Rise in Test Scores

Students Learn Life Lessons to Boost Learning, Reduce Bullying


Our Book:

What do child advocates Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund, Dr. Alvin Poussaint of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Edward Hallowell Author of Driven to Distraction, Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith Author of Deadly Consequences & Dr. James Fox of Northeastern University all have in common?

All have enthusiastically recommended “LESSON ONE: THE ABCS OF LIFE "– The skills we all need but were never taught.

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Michael Ryan, co-author of Lesson One: The ABCs of Life, wrote the following in
the book’s preface:

"Lesson One is the culmination of a long and exciting scientific project. Like the researchers who spent years learning how to prevent polio or cure smallpox, Jon Oliver has devoted his life to studying how people learn--or don’t learn--the lessons that will
equip them for the rest of their lives. Gradually, over many years of honing and changing, the ABC's of Life was born….Changing our culture has been the aspiration of humanity for as long as history has been recorded: Shakespeare, Emerson, and
Tennyson all wrote about finding a better world. Lesson One is changing lives, one child at a time. Lesson One can dramatically change our culture by expanding its reach and bringing its message to a nation in need.



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