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How to make strengths-based learning come alive in your school

Rob Clarke

Rob is the co-founder and CEO of Learning Architects. He supports leaders and organisations to thrive in the future through coaching, development, technology and learning design. He is a Ministry of Education accredited PLD facilitator. He is also a Dad and volunteers as Special Officer - Education for the United Nations Association of NZ.

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How To Make Strengths Based Learning Come Alive In Your School

Learn how to make strengths-based learning come alive in your school by developing a strengths-based curriculum for school leadership, staff, and students with this episode from Gallup’s Called to Coach series.

Gallup Certified Strengths Coach

Called to Coach is an ongoing series of podcasts and youtube live webinars for Gallup-certified Strengths coaches and those intending to become a strengths coach. They feature people who are leading the way in strengths-based development from around the world.

This episode features Kelly Parks who has an impressive career in education as a former award-winning school principal and superintendent. Kelly has blended her experience in education and certifications in Strengths training to create a Strengths curriculum for school leadership, staff, and students.

Kelly has co-authored a children’s book called Exploring My Strengths which introduces youth to each of the 10 Gallup Strengths Explorer themes with fun, relatable, and memorable characters. She has also created supplemental teaching resources utilizing the characters for use in the classroom or for parents at home, such as posters, coloring books, and bookmarks.

A mentioned in this video, the Clifton StrengthsExplorer is a version of the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment that has been designed for children aged 10-17. It taps into a range of elements that indicate what young people are naturally good at.

Gallup’s research has shown that people who focus on their natural talents are much more likely to experience success, engagement and lead more fulfilling lives. Knowing and being able to act on your talents enables you to do this.

Exploring My Strengths

Here are some questions to support reflection as you consider how this might apply to your context:

  1. To what extent is our school/kura or Kāhui Ako focussing on strengths rather than weaknesses? How would we know this?
  2. Would our leaders benefit from coaching so they can become increasingly strengths-based in how they lead their teams?
  3. How might we develop our own curriculum that works for our people?

If you would like to learn more about strengths-based leadership development, please get in touch.

Gallup Certified Strengths Coach

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