Monday, October 29, 2012

Thursday - Yale Wishnick on a Strength-Based Revolution in Education

Join me Thursday, November 1st, for a one-hour live and interactive interview with Yale Wishnick, author of From a Culture of Dependency to a Culture of Success: Focusing on What's Right About America and the American People. Most recently as the director of (and guiding force behind) the forward-thinking California Teachers Association Institute for Teaching (IFT), Dr. Wishnick has been on the cutting edge of strength-based strategies and practices to increase personal success and organizational excellence. The IFT was built on the believe that school change should be teacher-led, and he is convinced that every individual (teacher and student alike) can be successful by focusing on their strengths and positive experiences and less on deficits and weaknesses.
It doesn’t make much sense to create a school culture of success from a climate of disappointment and intractable problems. The IFT believes school change should focus on what’s working; the great teaching taking place in our classrooms. Further, if we want to know why children are successful, talk to successful students and their parents.  The IFT believes that the best strategy for school improvement is to investigate what’s working, not what’s broken. By focusing on what works in our schools and encouraging teacher independence and increasing capacity, we are more likely to have success. (From the IFT website.)
Date: Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 recording is at
Mightybell Space: Resources, videos, links, and conversation about the interview can be found HERE.

From the website:  "From a Culture of Dependency to a Culture of Success reveals how more and more Americans are missing out on the greatness of their country; its passion for excellence, its commitment to the dignity and self-worth of each individual, and its belief that every person has the right to achieve their own vision for success.  Chaos, confusion, disappointment, and hopelessness have pushed and pulled Americans into a state of dependency.

"From the individual, to the family, to our local communities, Americans are constantly looking for others to solve the problems and challenges they face. This has lead to victimology, class warfare, and ultimately bad public policy where a culture of dependency is becoming the new normal.

"As people think themselves into believing that they can’t make it on their own they are rejecting their own potential and capacity to act. Worse, they are missing out on the person they were destined to become.

"Go beyond the headlines and discover what is really driving a culture of dependency. Discover how deficit thinking is being used by politicians, bureaucrats, and the private sector elite to turn America into a dependency society.  From a Culture of Dependency to a Culture of Success brings a sense of clarity to the problems facing America by offering not just solutions but fundamental reasons why America is becoming a dependency state." 

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