What is Strengths-Based Education?March 19, 2016
Research confirms that a student’s success is driven by non-academic factors such as their character, parental support and the level of hope + engagement they feel within school. Districts and schools have generally addressed this by trying to implement point programs (ex. advisory, life skills classes, interventions) in the face of increasing accountability for student performance in core subjects. Thrively is changing this dynamic by introducing a new, holistic approach for student learning. Strengths-Based Education (“SBE”) incorporates social/emotional learning, student career and interest exploration and student-centered learning (or student-directed projects) into a cohesive pedagogy that helps students find relevance in school and life.
Strengths-Based Education is successful when students have:
- Built a growth mindset;
- Developed 21st Century Skills and habits;
- Identified multiple, exciting post-secondary pathways; and
- Strengthened their social support structures.
These goals can be accomplished when students’ K-12 journey includes a thoughtful implementation of SBE that is truly 360 degrees in nature. In other words, it must proactively include parents, community and out-of-school time. No component of SBE exists by itself. They are inter-related and non-linear. Thrively enables Strength-Based Education through our platform, taking students, teachers and parents through the entire process. Our Strength Assessment helps students discover their character strengths and is the starting point for social emotional learning. Students then identify their interests and career aspirations through our Pathways, Videos and Activities. Finally, educators turn their students' interests into true "student centered learning" by facilitating projects. Explore what Strengths-Based Learning can do for your students at Thrively.