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Shift from Deficit Thinking to a Strength-Based Approach in Education: The Time is Now

August 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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For too long, the field of education has focused on what’s wrong—with students, with staff, and even with parents. This deficit thinking has created a powerful—and harmful—narrative within education that seems too enormous to shift away from. But this shift is possible.

In this insightful and thought-provoking edWebinar, presenter Byron McClure, Ed.D. will discuss the impact of deficit thinking on students and the need for educators to shift this narrative for more positive and successful student outcomes. Attendees will:

  • Identify the harmful patterns caused by deficit thinking
  • Learn to self-reflect and self-correct
  • Be inspired and energized to begin practically implementing a strength-based approach, both professionally and personally

Now, more than ever, is the time to shift away from what’s wrong to what’s strong in education. This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, education technology leaders, and school counselors and psychologists at all grade levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Byron McClureAbout the Presenters

Dr. Byron McClure is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and the founder of Lessons For SEL, where he uses research and human-centered design thinking to build empathy, ideate, co-create solutions, and design equitable resources that put the needs of children front and center. He formerly served as the assistant director of school redesign at a high school in Southeast, D.C., where he was responsible for leading and reimagining what social-emotional learning looked like within an inner-city community.

Aleasha StevensDriven by a passion to advocate for the education needs of all learners, Aleasha Stevens draws from a combined 25 years of experience as a leader in both the classroom and the boardroom to shepherd complex initiatives through to completion and develop scalable programs that can be easily replicated in diverse educational settings through her superior communication skills and proven ability to build collaborative teams across and beyond organizational boundaries.


August 10
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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