Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student: Why U.S. Schools Need a New, Strengths-Based Approach

Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student: Why U.S. Schools Need a New, Strengths-Based Approach

by Elsie Jones-Smith

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Overview

This book explains how a teaching system focused on identifying and stoking each student's strengths—rather than concentrating on deficits—can bring remarkable academic improvement and achievement.

It's a familiar and seemingly logical model: to improve performance, identify weaknesses and target these problem areas. Could doing the opposite be a better way? Licensed clinical psychologist Elsie Jones-Smith argues that strengths-based systems are indeed more effective—not just in social work, where the philosophy became popular; or in the business world, where the concept is increasingly being embraced—but in the academic setting as well.

Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student: Why U.S. Schools Need a New, Strengths-Based Approach explains how and why a system that focuses on students' strengths enables kids to be self-confident, goal-directed, and to possess a stronger sense of self-efficacy, self-control, and academic achievement. Jones-Smith also explains how such a system spurs appreciation and advancement of multiple intelligences, which in turn gives students the ability to address weaknesses—on their own. Another plus: this approach has also been shown to generally reduce school disciplinary actions and increase class attendance time.


  • Contains 25 teaching strategies that are part of the strength-based program
  • Offers powerful vignettes to illustrate key points



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313391538
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/03/2011
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Elsie Jones-Smith, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with doctoral degrees in clinical psychology and counselor education. She is counselor educator and president of the Strengths-Based Institute, which provides consultation to organizations dealing with substance-abusing youths and with youths experiencing difficulties in school and with violence.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

1 Emergence, Growth, and Current Uses of Strengths-Based Educational Systems 1

2 The Strengths Mindset: Understanding the Nature of Strengths 31

3 Brain Development, Emotion, and Learning 63

4 The Strengths-Based School's Component 1: A Strengths-Building Pyramid 97

5 Component 2: Improving Instruction—The Academic Curriculum 123

6 Component 3: Caring and Empathic Classrooms 149

7 Component 4: Preventing Failure 167

8 Component 5: Increasing Home, School, and Community Partnerships 187

9 Assuring Teachers Understand Their Own Strengths 203

10 Creating and Communicating a Strengths-Based School Vision: Getting Involved 225

Notes 247

Index 269

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