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Age From: 


Age To: 


Delivered To: 

  • Children/Students


  • Component 1 : A positive school community
  • Component 2 : Social and emotional learning for students


  • Emotional and Behavioural difficulties
  • Social and emotional skills
  • Whole-school approach
  • Internalising and externalising
  • Bullying


A universal, promotion, prevention and early intervention program.

A classroom learning process for children aged 4 to 18 years.

Delivery By: 

  • Primary teachers and staff
  • Early childhood educators and staff


Tribes Learning Communities aim to:

  • Promote children’s social and academic learning by creating a positive learning environment.
  • Develop children’s social and emotional skills and resilience.
  • Help children develop positive relationships.

State/s Available: 

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia


Implementation involves a step-by-step process to achieve specific learning goals. As a part of this process, children honour 4 principles when interacting with others:

  • attentive listening;
  • appreciation/no put downs;
  • mutual respect; and
  • the right to choose the extent of participation in group activities.

Children also learn a set of skills to enable them to work well in groups long-term, including:

  • collaborative learning skills;
  • goal setting and problem solving skills;
  • self-monitoring and progress assessment skills; and
  • how to celebrate achievements.


Program Structure / Methods of Delivery: 

Program Structure

  • Process is designed to be implemented long-term and is integrated into the everyday curriculum at the early childhood service, preschool or kindergarten.


  • Cost of resources vary and range from approximately $40 to $70. Please see for further information.

Program Specific Audience: 


Professional Learning: 

  • Professional Learning Available

Professional Learning Compulsory: 


Formal Parent/Carer Component Provided: 

Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of Effectiveness Rating: 


Evidence of Effectiveness Description: 

Research Based Evidence

  • None available at this time.
  • No research has been undertaken with preschool-aged children. Randomised controlled trials with primary school-aged children and adolescents indicate positive outcomes for this population.

 Practice-based evidence

  • None available at this time.

Identified Theoretical Framework: 


Identified Theoretical Framework Description: 

Draws on the developmental theories proposed by Erikson and Piaget to create a positive learning environment. Focus is on collaborative learning, cooperation and social acceptance; and resilience and human development.

Survey/Audit Tools Available: 



Jeanne Gibbs

About the Author(s): 

Jeanne has spent her professional career studying, writing and implementing systemic processes and programs to support children’s development and prevent youth problems. Her perspective on human development is a systems approach that encourages schools, families and communities to create healthy environments in which children can grow and learn. The developmental culture and educational process now known as “Tribes Learning Communities” evolved out of years of studies Jeanne has pursued to synthesize a wealth of literature pertaining to the ecology of human development and learning.

Contact Information: 

Contact information for purchasing program materials/training

Name: Carol Rankin, Program Development,

Phone number: 0011 1 707-838-1061 (note that this is an US number)


In Australia, for books and materials only 

Name: ACER, Australian Council for Educational Research

Phone number: (03) 9277-5490