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CTA Members Discuss Strength-Based Justice Multitalented Classroom

All students want to become a “somebody” and every student has talents which need to be valued and supported.  In a Strength-Based Justice (SBJ)  classroom, student talents drive the teaching and learning process.  SBJ transforms the public schools, teachers, students, the school community and the role of parents.  Teachers play a much more dramatic role in creating curriculum — knowledge, skills, and interests — around student talents and students produce their own learning.  The video on the right represents an introduction to a SBJ Multitalented classroom; teachers voice their ideas, suggestions, and possibilities.

Ovation Tool Kit

The IFT Ovation Toolkit gives CTA members a framework for building an effective Association member strength-based recognition program.

Grant Program

The IFT Grant Program gives CTA members the opportunity to expand and build on what’s working in their classroom and school community. 

Member Engagement

The IFT Member Engagement Project gives CTA members the opportunity to discuss what’s great about teaching and their association.

Multitalented Education

Multitalented Education leads to Opportunities for Success. Every student has a set of talents which makes them unique. Every student has the potential for greatness. Based on a Strength-Based Justice Framework, CTA members can create a culture of success for all students. Multitalented Education is a powerful force to have every child and young adult SOAR — Strengths — Opportunities — Aspirations — Results. Take a quick look at the video and contact IFT for more information.

Strength-Based Testimonials

Trina Brown

Strength-Based justice allows us to look at our students through the lens of their strengths, not their deficits. Our last summit was an empowering experience where teachers brainstormed, strategized and dreamed. It was inspiring to see so many educators in one room focusing on how we can use strengths to create great change. As one participant said, ‘the take away from today for me was ‘everything we need, we already have!’ What a cool concept. I hope you are able to revisit us and come to our strength-based ReUNION so we can take our ideas even further to promote positive and lasting change. 

Tricia Hyun

The driving force behind Strength-Based Justice (SBJ)  is Strength-Based Teacher-Driven Change (SBTDC).   SBTDC represents the CTA IFT movement to transform the teaching and learning process, whether it be philosophical, environmental or instructional, for the purpose of creating a culture of success for all students. 

I encourage all of my colleagues to become SBJ warriors — Ambassadors to create strength-based districts, schools, and classrooms.  I am proud to call myself a Strengther!

At a time when our association requires face-to-face interactions and a loyalty and legacy that extends beyond the simplest words, “I am a teacher!”, all CTA members need to start racing, or even competing, to ensure that their message, their voice, and their movement is the next one in line–students deserve it! 

The strength of CTA depends on the reciprocity from members – the idea that all must “Get one, give one!” All of us must band together and “be the change we want to see in CTA IFT!”  Let’s all be Strengthers!

Mikki Cichocki

Social Justice comes from the deficit model where the community looks at the person or group as a problem and the community must act to resolve the problem. Restorative Justice combines deficit and strength based models where the person is not the problem but the problem is the problem. It sees value in the person or group as well as the deficit and attempts to use the value to address the problem. Strength-Based Justice focuses on the value or strengths of a person or group and regardless of the deficit uses the value to recognize the capital of that person or group to move them forward. 

Your HUB Blogging Team

Your Story is Important and Needed.  Strength-Based Teacher Driven Change is not just a slogan.  It is much more.  It is a philosophy, movement, and framework for transforming public education from a deficit-based to a strength-based teaching and learning environment. Everyday CTA members are working to move the strength-based agenda forward; a quiet revolution. Let your voice be heard by connecting, communicating and collaborating with other teachers.

Dr. Tricia Hyun is a 7th Grade ELA Honors, Pre-AP, and Speech and Debate Teacher. Tricia teaches at D. Russell Parks Junior High School in the Fullerton Elementary School District.

Denise Bradford is the President of the Saddleback Valley Educators Association. Denise is assigned to 3rd Grade at Montevideo Elementary School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

Trent Stillman is a 6th-Grade Self Contained Elementary Teacher.  Trent teaches at Beech Ave Elementary School in the Fontana Unified School District.

Camie Walker is a 5th-Grade Teacher. Camie teaches at John Murdy Elementary School in Garden Grove Unified School District.

Christine Barboza is Senior English and Language Arts teacher at Paramount High School in the Paramount Unified School District.

Dr. Heidi Swenson-Chipman is a Homeschool K-12 Teacher. Heidi teaches at Parkview School in the Placentia Yorba Linda USD.

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