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Good schools are places where students want to learn, teachers want to teach, and leaders want to lead. Getting the environment and culture right makes everything else possible.


The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop™ used to increase engagement, build resilience and spread optimism was honored as the 2021 ATD BEST Award Winner

A powerful evidence-based positive psychology program for schools

Increasingly, the world’s most forward-looking schools are engaged in creating positive cultures to enhance education. A positive, engaged brain improves performance, pride, and culture, helps retain our best teachers, and deepens student, family, and community relationships.

More than a decade of research has shown that our formula for success is backwards; happiness leads to success, not the other way around. The Happiness Advantage, by positive psychology researcher Shawn Achor, outlines the research case based upon hundreds of studies worldwide showing that happiness is one of the greatest competitive advantages you can give a brain… raising creativity, test scores, and productive energy, as well as buffering against stress, anxiety, and depression.

Since Shawn’s keynote at the National Conference on Education in 2016, The Happiness Advantage │ Orange Frog Workshop™ has become the largest and most successful positive psychology training program for educators in the world; the only evidence-based offering which started in the classroom at Harvard, and whose research has now extended to over 50 countries.

Today thousands of teachers and staff around the country, as well as entire school districts, are creating happy, healthy and engaged schools as well as improving performance and fueling success in the classroom utilizing The Happiness Advantage I Orange Frog. We offer virtual and in-house experiences including:

  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Keynotes and Kickoff Events
  • School Train the Trainer & Certifications
  • Sustainability Tools and Resources
  • Student Workshop Versions (supporting SEL, PBIS and ESSA initiatives)
  • Family Resources supporting Happy and Healthy Households

We invite you to begin an exciting journey leading to more positive school environments and better educational outcomes.

Watch: The Happiness Advantage in Education, Shawn Achor with Mark Sparvell, Microsoft Education

The Orange Frog is sparking positivity in school districts, classrooms and living rooms across the country

“The Happiness Advantage really started for me when I saw The Orange Frog and the energy of the workshop. I have always been interested in positive psychology, but I was not aware of the impact it could have in my district. I thought, "this is something that we not only need in Flint, but we need in education.”

Dr. Lisa Hagel
Superintendent of Genesee Intermediate School District, Flint, MI

“I think it has turned out to be the best decision I have made as superintendent.”

Andy DuRoss
Superintendent SD54, Schaumburg, IL
(Ranked among the top 2% of school districts in student growth by Stanford University), about working with Achor and The Orange Frog

“If you want to have a great school, you have to have a great culture. And happiness is the best place to start. Orange Frog made a big splash in our district and led to some great changes and improvements for staff and students.”

Joel Pedersen
Superintendent of Cardinal Community School District, Eldon, IA
2020 Iowa Superintendent of the Year

“Orange Frog provides the science, data, research and curriculum for developing upbeat, rationally optimistic educators. The training creates the social script and common language  for everyone to positively influence our schools and classrooms.”

Aaron Sadoff
Superintendent North Fond du Lac, WI
2019 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year

“Our purpose at Mann Elementary has always been to be more positive. Mindset matters. What The Orange Frog did was provide the steps and skills to connect with this purpose and create the direction for us to all get together. It has helped our teachers communicate understanding to kids that there is a higher purpose to their school and learning.”

Connie Crigger
Principal, Mann Elementary, Boone Co, KY
2018 Kentucky Administrator of the Year

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About Us

For nearly three decades, the principals of International Thought Leader Network (ITLN) have worked at the forefront of organizational advancement in collaboration with the world’s most distinguished thought leaders to deliver big ideas and best practices to a global workforce.

ITLN has designed, developed, and delivered enterprise level training and implementation solutions for the world’s most sought after thought leaders including Harvard’s John Kotter, Shawn Achor, and Vijay Govindarajan, founding director of Tuck’s Center for Global Leadership.

ITLN, in exclusive partnership with Shawn Achor, assists organizations around the world in bringing happiness research to life at work and in education — through virtual and in-house training, research partnerships, and large-scale interventions.

After spending twelve years at Harvard University, Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED Talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 25.3 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn has worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon and the White House. Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage (2010) and Big Potential (2018). He has now lectured in more than 50 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, schoolchildren in South Africa, and farmers in Zimbabwe. His research has been published in the top psychology journal for work he did at UBS in partnership with Yale University to transform how stress impacts the body, and he did a two-hour interview with Oprah at her house to discuss his mission to bring positive psychology to the world (see highlight video).

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