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Tapping into our strengths generates momentum

Tapping into our strengths generates momentum

The more people look for something good – like what’s going well and what they’re grateful for – the more they will find it, get a rush of pleasure, and want to seek it out even more- thus, gaining momentum. So let’s get out of fight or flight mode and get wired to discover the “good stuff” to build our capacities to seek and identify what’s working well.

Reframing the past supports future solutions

Reframing the past supports future solutions

Examining the successes supports designing a future of what we most desire.  We must break the pattern of identifying problems, reacting, and then trying to solve them.  First, there will ALWAYS be problems.  Second, at best, this focus at best gets us to a neutral state.  Rather, we need to be analyzing our school’s best moments to dream ways to invite more of what we want moving forward.

Asking positive questions yields positive outcomes

Asking positive questions yields positive outcomes

It’s deceptively simple- groups are composed of individuals, and everyone will thrive if we focus on what we want, rather than what we want to eliminate.  Investigating around affirmative topics builds more energy than focusing on the bad stuff.  Positive framing scaffolds conversations that elevate and inspire people to get curious and contribute to a shared road map for ultimate buy-in..

Inviting multiple perspectives inspires progress

Inviting multiple perspectives inspires progress

Inviting a variety of collective experiences enriches our school systems, and curating artifacts is essential to getting results. Conversations are ephemeral- lovely, but fleeting.  It is only when everyone can go back and reflect on the physical products of the conversation that we can shift from awareness to action and strategize a plan for meaningful change.

Leading to empower others promotes sustainable change

Leading to empower others promotes sustainable change

Open minds and open hearts unlock possibilities.  Asking the right question to the right people at the right time is the first step in garnering enthusiasm around any initiative.  Listening to validate and seeking to understand is the second step to improve our communication and, in turn, our communities.  Combining these skills of asking and listening is the key to being a curious leader.

Teachers

Teachers

Rediscover the joys of teaching by designing student-centered learning experiences, implementing dynamic engagement techniques, and building meaningful connections with your scholars and their families.

Paraprofessionals

Paraprofessionals

Learn how to support each other with your classes and colleagues through the power of the question.  Once adopt a lens of appreciation, notice how you find so many opportunities to energize and inspire both yourself and your students!

Guidance Counselors

Guidance Counselors

Your unique position and perspective allows you to adapt these conversation techniques to serve the behavioral and mental health needs of your caseloads to move beyond trauma to fostering resilience and a growth mindset.

Building Administrators

Building Administrators

You have the opportunity to solicit the opinions of your faculty and staff to build enthusiasm around your initiatives for ultimate buy-in through a variety of strengths-based facilitated faculty, team, PLC, MTSS and other meetings.

Board Members

Board Members

If you are looking to increase trust among your educational community, then bringing together all your stakeholders in transparent, authentic, and organic discussions around shared values will elevate your school system.

Parents and Families

Parents and Families

Partnering with schools to educate your children can be an extremely rewarding experience when we focus on what we most want for our future graduates.  Your words have the power to create a world of possibilities with every interaction!

SEL and DEI Directors

SEL and DEI Directors

As district leaders, you can bring together a diverse group of individuals to create an alignment of programming with purposeful implementation and collection of both qualitative and quantitative data that ensures sustainable results.

Education Advocates

Education Advocates

Whether you are a local resident, business owner, nonprofit organization or play another role in your neighborhood, your voice is an important contribution to the vision of your community so youth may flourish.

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