There is a lot of buzz about the notion of taking a "strengths-based" approach to developing school culture. On the student level, this is easier said than done especially when many "behavior-management" systems serve to focus on and document "infractions", and many incentive systems focus on extrinsic rewards. Similarly on the adult level, most teacher coaching and evaluation processes focus on gaps and deficiencies; rarely are teacher action steps focused on pre-existing strengths. Hannah Kehn is the principal of East Harlem Scholars Academy II, in East Harlem, New York. This networking conversation will explore the questions: How do we create conditions that support individual strengths to emerge? How do we create and implement systems that lean on and further develop individual strengths during challenging times?
Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016