You can still bring advanced Strengths Pathways to your school or district. Topics at the conference included creating strengths schools, building better team dynamics, using strengths across content areas and STEM, spotting strengths in grades 1-3, and much more. Contact us if you want to schedule your own leadership retreat or staff development.
Strengths Academy students with access to Netflix can learn more about William Kamkwamba's life and the events that inspired him in the new movie, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind." Students predict his talents and strengths in Strengths Foundation/Advanced (Lesson 14) and Strengths Direction/Advanced (Lesson 15).
Alternatively, students may extend these lessons at https://movingwindmills.org/, an organization Kamkwamba founded to bring innovation to poor villages like his in Africa.
Let us know what strengths your students see in William Kamkwamba!
Check out this blog written by Ryan High student Lexie Moore. As part of a research project, Lexie connected her strengths to her career aspirations. Here she is with Jackye Morrisey, our Strengths Academy coach in Denton, TX. Many thanks to Reina Johnson, Lexie's English IV teacher and Ryan's amazing "Strengths Champion." Can you tell Reina has Maximizer in her top five?
The Gallup Student Poll, a web-based survey, empowers schools to add the voice of their students to measures of school success. The survey helps educators provide a more positive school culture -- one that builds engagement, creates hope for the future, fosters talent and prepares students to meaningfully participate in the economy. Register now for no-cost administration between Sept. 25th and Oct. 27.
Our hearts go out to our many partner schools in and around Houston, where thousands of students, teachers and their families have been affected by Hurricane Irma. Check our Facebook page for links to district sites where you can contribute. Fingers crossed that Harvey turns out to sea.
Gallup® is changing the name of StrengthsFinder to CliftonStrengths for Students® -- and that’s not all! Next fall, students will be able to print their reports in 10 languages, not just English, and will be able to email reports directly from the Strengthsquest website. Theme descriptions will stay the same, but there will be updated action items. Details to come!
Here's a colorful way to create a class talent grid. People with the Restorative theme love to solve problems, so expect great things from the students in Reed Whiteside's Teen Leadership class at Mayde Creek, Katy ISD!
Redondo Shores high school students recently presented to the RBUSD Board, describing how their Gallup strengths are positively impacting their post-secondary plans. Check out the Strengths bulletin board outside the meeting room!
The entire faculty and staff at this Texas school is involved in understanding, recognizing and using what they know about strengths to help their students.
Students made squares for a strengths quilt, but so did their teachers. Students interviewed each other about their strengths, but so did the teachers. Check out some of the quilt walls!
The fifth graders in Strengths Foundation do a regular news broadcast that features strengths. They also attended a special two-day strengths camp with T-shirts designed by the teachers − check out the logo!
What a way to inspire students − show them the future! BLAST students in Pasadena visit a college campus to visualize where their strengths can take them. Congrats to Ms. Hermosillo and Mrs. Lazo for making Wilson Middle School a model program!
Maximize your Strengths Academy programs by participating in the Gallup Student Poll, which will be administered at no cost between Sept. 26 and Oct. 28. The 15-minute online survey measures and provides actionable data on your students' engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspirations and financial/career literacy. Sign up at Gallup Student Poll.
Congratulations to our newly-minted student strengths coaches! The fabulous teachers and administrators who made our BLAST Summer Institute so successful will bring that knowledge and enthusiasm back to their schools. It's going to be a great year of building on our students' strengths. Contact us to get on the email list for next year's conference.
Strengths education is making a huge difference for students at Ryan High in Denton ISD, TX. Read what their students are saying (It's a BLAST) and listen to master BLAST teacher Scott Spaulding describe their motivation and engagement first-hand.