Hobsons, Gallup partner for strengths-based PD courses

New PD program’s strengths-based culture aims to improve teacher engagement, student success

strengths-teachersHobsons and Gallup have announced plans to launch on-site and online professional development courses to help teachers identify their strengths and apply them in their teaching.

The program will also help teachers to show students how to pinpoint and build upon their own unique talents to succeed in school.

“Our research tells us that people who use their strengths are six times more likely to be engaged in the work they do, and teachers are no exception,” said Brandon Busteed, Executive Director for Education and Workforce Development at Gallup. “Great teachers build on their own strengths and teach their students to do the same. We’re excited to apply this work to the classroom as we know that teachers have the most significant impact on student success.”

Next page: Components of the new PD offering

Now available through Hobsons, the Unlocking Educator Strengths professional development package includes an online course, Gallup’s adult Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and report, the book Teach with Your Strengths, and Action Planning Guides. Participants will take Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to identify their top five strengths.

The online learning module will then show educators how to best exercise their strengths in the classroom.

“Teachers are more engaged and better equipped to help students succeed when they use their strengths in the classroom every day,” said Stephen M. Smith, president of advising and admissions solutions at Hobsons. “Having worked with schools around the world, we have seen the positive impact that a strengths-based culture can have, and are thrilled to work with Gallup to help teachers create this culture at their own schools.”

In-person training with a Gallup expert is also available through Hobsons’ new offering. This package, Getting Started: Leading the Way to Strengths-based Schools, includes six hours of on-site training, training materials, and codes to administer 30 Clifton StrengthsFinder assessments. Participants will choose one goal to focus on and complete activities to move from talent identification to strengths development and application.

In 2012, Hobsons incorporated the Gallup StrengthsExplorer strengths assessment into Naviance, its college and career planning solution, which is used by more than 7 million students at more than 8,500 schools and districts around the country.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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