The Strength-Based Revolution Podcast

Welcome to the introductory, The Strength-Based Revolution Podcast

This Podcast will introduce the Strength-Based Revolution and the Seven Factors that drive a Culture of Success.

Below is the link to the CTA IFT Podcast.  The podcast was developed by the IFT South Orange County Think Tank.   Your comments and suggestions for future podcasts are appreciated.

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Welcome to NCLUSD Musical Theatre

Our Tappers with their Tap InstructorsOur group hit the floor running this year.  Pictured are our student leaders that range from fourth grade to twelfth grade.  We are not looking at just creating an older group of leaders, but a group that is going to grow with our program and help train future leaders as well.

We have always worked towards building a program that allowed us to have student leaders and have had success, but we needed time with student leaders to help them learn the leadership skills needed to work with other students.  This year, we have been able to create this missing piece through Tuesday night tap.  The directors picked students that had demonstrated potential leadership skills over the past few seasons, to become our “Newsies Tappers”.

For ten weeks, these students gave up their Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 11:00 pm to learn how to tap, but more importantly, the drive to tap classes gave the directors time to talk to the students.  To go over some of the soft skills needed to be a leader.  How to listen, how to speak with students they were having difficulty with, and other essential skills that are needed to move the student leadership piece of our program forward.

The students started taking on these leadership roles.  Was every interaction a success?  No.  This allowed us to have new conversations and start teaching the leaders how to navigate conversations and not come across as bossy or confrontational in their speech, but how to actually lead the other students on stage to get the desired outcomes.

What has occurred though, is a new building of relationships in the area.  The leaders have started asking for activities that they create for the group.  They are not afraid to go to a group of students in the room and interact with them, rather than staying with their groups.  If they see a student sitting by themself, we know that one of the leaders will be there shortly, checking in on them and trying to get them to laugh.

Our unspoken goal has always been to create a theatre family and we are starting to see that grow larger than it has ever in the past.  Having this extra time, that is not rushed or having to be carved out has truly enhanced our program.

What Are You Thinking? Post Your Great Ideas!

Have a little free time?  Would you like a place to let your creative juices flow?  How about telling the world what you think about Strength-Based Teacher Driven Change?  Here’s your chance to put your thoughts into writing  Write a blog.  Post your best teaching ideas.  Tell us what’s on your mind.  

Need a place to start?  How about the Seven Factors that create a culture of success?  Or, what about strength-based member engagement?  Better yet, give a “shout out” to a colleague who you believe did some great things with students during the past year.  Write your post here.  It can be a paragraph or a few pages.  

Below are some helpful links.  The most important thing is to place your ideas on paper.  Start a conversation.  Share your teaching with colleagues. 

Helpful Hints!

7 Tips for Writing that Great Blog Post, Every Time | HuffPost

How to Write an Awesome Blog Post in 5 Steps | WordStream

How to Write a Blog Post: The Definitive 10,273-word Guide

How to Write Your First Blog Post (57 Best Ideas and 65 Expert Tips)

How to Start a Blog: A Step-by-Step Guide [+ Free Blog Post Templates]

IFT Grants at Work – Summer Science Camp is Huge Hit in Temecula

Students in the Temecula Valley Unified School District are making teaching and learning science fun at the inaugural launch of Summer Science Camp held this year at the Temecula Valley High School (TVHS) campus in Riverside CA.  Weekly camp participants divide time between experiments in the newly-constructed campus greenhouse, data collection, analysis, and also manage to get in outdoor games and science-related crafts they will take home at the camp’s conclusion.  This project’s major sponsor is the California Teachers Association Institute For Teaching, that awarded a 20 thousand dollar grant last year that was used in the construction of both the greenhouse and aquaponics system.

Read the story here.

What Makes you Great?

This is a very short blog with a very important message.   To focus on strengths based relationships we must be able to contribute to them.  Greatness is a quality that is a part of all of us.   We simply do not always take the time to recognize it in ourself.


I am great because I care about each child as an individual.  I know that all have strengths and all can succeed.

My passion is the catalyst that helps make me great.

Okay, its your turn.  Why are you great. Don’t be shy, share.  As Tony the Tiger would say, “You’re GRRRRRREAT!”



Seven Ideas to Teach Students Work Ethic

Talents, strengths, resources, knowledge, and skills, can help you get where you want to go in life–but those things alone won’t do it. You also need to work hard to be truly successful.  A powerful work ethic leads to a culture of success.


What Can Teachers Do to Encourage a Student Work Ethic?

  1. Hold Teacher-Parent Conversations
  2. Create a Parent Newsletter
  3. Develop a Parent Network
  4. Organize a Parent-Student Forum

(Guest Writer: Tim Elmore)  I celebrate it whenever I meet hard-working students. I see them on almost every university campus I’m on, and in almost every high school I visit. These adolescents just “get the system” and realize you can achieve almost anything if you work hard enough. On the other hand, I also see far too many students growing up in a world of speed and convenience who’ve never developed a work ethic.

May I suggest a couple of reasons why this might be?

From a recent survey of parents, 82 percent said “doing chores” was a normal household experience for them growing up. However, only 28 percent of these same parents say they ask their kids to do chores. For some reason, it was good for us, but not good for them. We feel we’re not good parents if we stress them out with chores.  Continue reading

School Climate and Future Orientation

Promoting students’ future orientation is inherently a goal of the educational system. Recently, it has received more explicit attention given the increased focus on career readiness. This study aimed to examine the association between school climate and adolescents’ report of future orientation using data from youth (N = 27,698; 49.4 % female) across 58 high schools. Three-level hierarchical linear models indicated that perceptions of available emotional and service supports, rules and consequences, and parent engagement were positively related to adolescents’ future orientation. Additionally, the school-level average future orientation was significantly related to individuals’ future orientation, indicating a potential influence of contextual effects on this construct. Taken together, these findings suggest that interventions targeting school climate may hold promise for promoting future orientation.   Continue reading.

Seven Factors by Categories, Links, and Tags

Once you are on the HUB click CURATION at the top menu.  

After you have had a chance to review the curated list, add your own links and resources on the blog post (See Create on the Blog Post link).  Your ideas are critical to creating a culture of success for all students.  

IFT is committed to Strength-Based Teacher Driven Change (SBTDC) and believes CTA members have the opportunity to create a successful environment for all students.  Join the SBTDC movement by becoming part of the HUB and start engaging and collaborating with other CTA members. 

Coach Tricia!

Coach Tricia!

What would happen if a classroom teacher could carry the same values as a sports coach? For example, I tell my students, “We have an Open House game on Thursday night” or “We have a Back to School Night” kick-off and every single player must show up. We have practice on Saturday from 1-3pm and every single player shows up. What is the agenda for Back to School Night and Open House? What is their value?

Last night was open house. 7 students from Period 1 came. 15 students were at practice.