Developing a strength-based culture starts by becoming aware of the way that a deficit-driven school system can influence how students think and act. It means counteracting negative messages with a belief that students’ unique strengths, capabilities, and knowledge will help to define their evolving story.
The sessions in this series provide educators with background on what it means to develop strength-based culture in classroom and school routines. Through a review of research, strategies developed in schools, and activities to practice responding to students, participants gain tools and skills to become a strength-based practitioner.
Develop an understanding of how strength-based practices can combat the effects of trauma and feelings of rejection
Develop an understanding of how the words educators hear and say to students affect their confidence and engagement in school
Explore ways to identify and respond in the moment to students’ hidden strengths as an entry point to re-engagement
Apply communication skills as a way to draw out and build on students’ strengths