Attitude is Altitude

Comprehensive Social Emotional
Learning Curriculum for Middle Grades

Your ATTITUDE determines your ability to succeed.  


Prepare your students to reach new ALTITUDES tomorrow  
by meeting their comprehensive needs today.

Unique Curriculum

Modern Approach

Flexible Pacing

Excellent Support

 

Meet Nick Vujicic

NYT Best Selling Author, International Speaker, Entrepreneur


Born without limbs for no medical reason, Nick Vujicic knew from an early age that he was different.


But it wasn’t until much later, after overcoming ignorance and discrimination to build what he calls a “ridiculously good” life, that he realized his mission: to use his “disability” to start conversations that change lives. 


Nick has spoken over 3,000 times in more than 57 countries on topics as varied as bullying, inspiring positive change, persistence and determinations, and his own life story. No matter where he goes, he communicates one core message—that no matter your circumstance, you can overcome!


Nick is the author of several books including:

  • Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, 
  • Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action,
  • Love Without Limits: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All, and
  • Stand Strong: You Can Overcome Bullying (and Other Stuff That Keeps You Down.)

Our learning program

Introduction to Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is knowing one’s emotions, strengths and areas for growth. These emotions impact behavior and decisions. Self-awareness is key to managing actions, short-term and long-term goal setting. In Unit 1, students explore various topics on self-awareness through activities, discussion and reflection. Students learn about identifying their emotions, accurate self-perception, recognizing strengths, self-confidence, and self-efficacy.

Introduction to Self-Management

Self-management is effectively controlling one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations. In Unit 2, students explore various topics on self-management through activities, discussion and reflection. Students learn about goal setting, self-motivation, self-discipline, impulse control, stress management, and organizational skills.

Introduction to Social Awareness

Social awareness is understanding others’ perspectives, even those from different cultures or backgrounds, as well as understanding social and ethical norms for behavior. In Unit 3, students explore various topics on social awareness through activities, discussion and reflection. Students learn about respect for others, perspective-taking, empathy, and appreciating diversity.

Introduction to Relationship Skills

Relationship skills include the skills needed to establish and maintain healthy relationships with diverse individuals and groups of people. In Unit 4, students explore various topics on relationship skills through activities, discussion and reflection. Students learn about communication, teamwork, relationship-building, and social engagement.

Introduction to Responsible Decision Making

Responsible decision-making is making constructive, ethical choices about personal behavior and social interactions. In Unit 5, students explore various topics on responsible decision-making through activities, discussion and reflection. Students learn about ethical responsibility, identifying problems, analyzing situations, solving problems, evaluating, and reflecting.

Deepening Self Awareness

In Units 6 – 10, students deepen their understanding of the five core social-emotional competencies through project-based learning (PBL). Project-based learning is a way of learning standards or objectives, or SEL competencies in this case, in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. This AIA Social Awareness and Action Project will serve as the vehicle for students to apply and reflect on their SEL skills in a meaningful way.


In Unit 6, Change Starts with Me, students deepen their understanding and application of self-awareness by identifying a topic of interest and working in teams to identify real-world problems or issues within it. Students also conduct research to learn about their topics and begin to understand some of the real-world problems or challenges that exist within that topic.

Deepening Self Management

In Unit 7, I Can and I Will, students deepen their understanding of self-management through the AIA Social Awareness and Action Project. Students focus on the application of self-management strategies through the process of narrowing and choosing one problem or challenge to propose a solution. Students also conduct additional research specific to the chosen problem and then share their research with their team.

Deepening Social Awareness

In Unit 8, From Me to We, students deepen their understanding of social awareness through the AIA Social Awareness and Action Project. As a team, students apply social awareness strategies through the process of brainstorming, evaluating, and choosing one solution. Students also conduct additional research specific to the chosen problem to ensure their team’s choice for a solution is the best one possible.

Deepening Relationship Skills

In Unit 9, The Power of We, students focus on the deepening and application of relationship skills as students work in teams to develop an action plan for their AIA Social Awareness and Action Project and to complete other activities such as performing a skit and role playing.

Deepening Responsible Decision-Making

In Unit 10, Our Actions Matter, students focus on the deepening and application of responsible decision-making as they complete their AIA Social Awareness and Action Projects. Students work in teams to create a project that works towards their team’s solution as well as create and deliver a presentation on their team’s problem, solution, action plan, and product. Additionally, students evaluate and reflect on their growth in all social and emotional competencies.

Our Curriculum

Unlimited Potential Uses



AIA can be utilized as a springboard for discussion starters, a stand-alone SEL curriculum, or a school-wide initiative.


AIA allows for great flexibility as to how lessons are implemented. A three-tiered system of instructional activities provides opportunities to align the most appropriate learning experiences for your students. One tier might be used per grade level, or schools might use the tiers to differentiate by the abilities, interests, and/or maturity levels of their students.

Although the lessons vary in length based upon content and objectives to be learned, each lesson is chunked by time to allow a facilitator to breakdown the lessons into smaller pieces depending upon implementation method.

Let our Professional Learning Team help you plan for the best way to implement AIA in your classroom, school or district.

Other Cool Uses


Nick as Your Guide

Nick supports teachers, students and parents throughout the entire learning experience. And his passion to help others be their best selves is inspiring!


Active Learning

Team activities permeate every lesson. After all, you can’t improve your SOCIAL-emotional skills without purposeful, structured interaction.


Self Reflection

Through journaling, students will be able to monitor their SEL growth over time while continually setting new goals to improve their skills.

FAQ

Parent Support

AIA empowers students to reach their goals and enrich their lives while serving as positive difference makers in the worldFour key factors make AIA unique from other social-emotional programs:


1) The inspiration. Attitude is Altitude (AIA) is the reality of a vision created by inspirational speaker, Nick Vujicic. Having traveled the globe to speak to millions of people, he discovered that every human being is hungering for the pillars of hope, purpose and happiness. Observing that many of today’s youth lack positive role models and knowing many teachers desire to see their students be successful in and out of the classroom, this strategic program was developed to help young people grow in their social and emotional learning.  Nick is the learning guide for students, teachers and parents, offering compelling messages to be your best self.


2) Flexible, active curriculum

        a) Flexible curriculum – Tiered lessons allow for differentiation of learning by age, ability, maturity level, or interest; learning can be sequential, or topics could be learned independently of one another.

        b) Active curriculum - Team activities permeate every lesson. After all, you can’t improve your SOCIAL-emotional skills without purposeful, structured interaction.


3) The resources. AIA includes classroom resources and instructional strategies that can easily be integrated with any subject.


4) Self-Reflection. Through journaling, students will be able to monitor their SEL growth over time while continually setting new goals to improve their skills.

  • Units are organized by CASEL’s core competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Units 1 – 5 introduce each of the competencies, and Units 6 – 10 deepen students’ understanding and application of each competency through project-based learning. Each unit includes a unit overview, explicit lessons built around the indicators that define each SEL competency, and a unit conclusion.
  • Lessons are organized by the indicators that define the SEL competency for which the unit is based. Common lesson components include a lesson overview, warm-up activity, introduction, tiered instructional activities, and a wrap-up and reflection. Some lessons in Units 1 - 5 also include a skills application and challenge activity. Through project-based learning, skills application is the focus of the learning in Units 6 – 10.
  • The lesson overview includes a list of all materials needed to teach each lesson. Most materials are embedded within the curriculum with the exception of a few common classroom materials or household items for hands-on learning.
  • Yes, student resources are consumables and may be printed. All other materials are copyright protected.
  • Teachers can model SEL through intentionally planning and using specific social and instructional teaching practices. Social teaching practices include student-centered discipline, teacher language (i.e., encouraging student effort, increasing descriptive feedback, etc.), responsibility and choice, and warmth and support. Instructional teaching practices include cooperative learning, class discussions, student self-assessment and reflection, academic press, and competence building.

Student / Parent Support

  • Through explicit lessons that teach and reinforce social and emotional skills, AIA help students develop the skills, attitudes and dispositions to:
  • Know and manage themselves;
  • Understand the perspectives of others and relate to them effectively; and
  • Make sound personal and social decisions.


These life skills are also academic skills as they equip students with the ability to serve as learning resources for themselves and each other. Social and emotional learning is an academic intervention.

  • Social and emotional learning skills are life skills. AIA develops:
  • Confident students: They are aware of their strengths, knowing smart is not what you are but what you achieve with hard work.
  • Pro-active students who manage their own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
  • Students who demonstrate respect and compassion for all people even when it’s not popular to do so.
  • Students who establish and maintain positive relationships.
  • Students who believe their actions matter; they weight the “what-ifs” when making decisions.
  • AIA provides teachers guidance for how to handle potentially sensitive topics with their students, knowing that some students will want to share openly with classmates, and some will not. The AIA Journal provides a healthy outlet of expression for all students.
  • SEL @ Home resources are included in each AIA unit. These resources provide parents and/or guardians information about the SEL competencies their children are learning as well as practical ways they can reinforce SEL skills at home.