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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
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.
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!
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
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.