Teaching to Strengths

  • Title:Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress
  • Author:Debbie Zacarian, Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, Judie Haynes
  • Publication Date:September 2017
  • ISBN:9781416624608
  • Publisher:ASCD

Half the students in U.S. schools are experiencing or have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. Much has been written about these students from a therapeutic perspective, especially regarding how to provide them with adequate counseling supports and services. Conversely, little has been written about teaching this population and doing so from a strengths-based perspective. Using real-world examples as well as research-based principles, this book shows how to

  • Identify inherent assets that students bring to the classroom;
  • Connect to students’ experiences through instructional planning and delivery;
  • Foster students’ strengths through the use of predictable routines and structured paired and small-group learning experiences;
  • Develop family and community partnerships.

Experts Debbie Zacarian, Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, and Judie Haynes outline a comprehensive, collaborative approach to teaching that focuses on students’ strengths and resiliency. Teaching to Strengths encourages educators to embrace teaching and schoolwide practices that support and enhance the academic and socio-emotional development of students living with trauma, violence, and chronic stress.

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