Professional Development to Empower Professionals in Santee School District

Have you ever been asked, “What’s wrong with you?” At Thrively, we focus on what is “strong with you” and your community. The Santee School District in San Diego County, is a TK-8 educational powerhouse focused on building upon both student and staff strengths under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Baranski and Mike Olander, Director Pupil Services & Student Well-Being. The district leadership team doubled down on well-being professional development and released all 6-8 middle school teachers and instructional coaches over the course of 4 days starting in the summer.

Following a deep dive into strengths using Thrively’s strength assessment developed by leading Pediatric Neuropsychologists, the staff discovered resources inside of Thrively to supercharge their wellness lessons. With over 10,000 hours of content, the Santee staff shared favorite lessons that were strategically curated into “playlists” that then were assigned to students for practice. Using the progress monitoring and feedback tools in Thrively, students have already completed 1,200 journal reflections to build upon their self-awareness.

When we shift our focus from what is wrong to what is strong, both our staff and students thrive!