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Preparing Students for the Future

 
It is in the school setting that teachers, support staff and collaborating community members have a profound opportunity to interact with students in ways that will facilitate academic achievement and healthy social development in a safe, caring and supportive learning environment. However, the idea of promoting strengths-based practice in the educational context can be challenging in light of the traditional emphasis on curriculum-based instruction in the classroom and the intervention focus on what students may be lacking to enhance academic success.
 

 

The strengths approach invites educators to look for what is right in a student as the starting point for academic success as opposed to what a student lacks. Embracing a strengths-based approach involves a different way of thinking about students and of interpreting their patterns of coping with life challenges. With a strengths-based focus, one engages and interacts in ways that invites a curious exploration of “what can be” based upon a clear set of values and attitudes.  It focuses on building upon the innate resiliency and character traits of students that research has identified as essential for success at school and positive well-being.”

The Solutions

 
You’re invited to take a new journey—one that guides and empowers students, inspires teachers, and creates and measures positive change in character development, attitude, risky behaviour, and connectedness and communication.
 
The best educational environment is one that embraces a shift in mindset—away from focusing on “problems” toward understanding and building on the strengths of students. This new approach develops resiliency and core character traits that help students be successful for life. 
 
What we really want to do is to prepare students to become 21st century learners who embrace a “thriving” mindset and engage with confidence and learned optimism. Programs that target specific “problems” often miss the mark and fail, whereas a strengths-based approach helps our students develop self-confidence and leadership, and prepares them for a brilliant future. 
 
Onboard Education is designed to build student resilience, establish a thriving mindset and a strengths-based culture that are directly related to improved academic achievement, student and teacher engagement and decreased problem behaviors
 

 

Resiliency is the self-righting ability that draws upon one’s internal and external strengths in order to successfully navigate life’s challenges and opportunities.

Thriving mindset is a personal belief that one can continually grow their intelligence, abilities, and competence through purposeful effort  and ongoing exploration of new opportunities and challenges.

Strengths-Based approach is the practice of identifying and building upon a person’s strengths as the key to successful adaptation and healthy outcomes.

TERMS

Seeing the Outcome

 
Research shows there is a direct relationship between a strengths-based school culture and positive outcomes in areas like staff retention, student achievement, and citizenship.

Schools

Research also shows that there is a direct relationship between student resilience and academic success, as well as an inverse relationship between student resilience and behavioral problems.

In addition to the likely cost savings of these outcomes, the potential for fewer insurance claims provides a considerable return on investment for those who take this approach.

Kids who are engaged and more successful at school are likely to be happier and more settled at home. Resilient children also tend to have better relationships with their parents, other family members, and people in the community.
 
This approach leads to greater collaboration and support between school and parents, which leads to more positive outcomes for all.

 

Connecting with Parents and Community Partners

Inspiring Student Success

 
Every student holds the key to his or her own transformation.
 
Embracing a strength-based approach involves a different way of thinking about students and of interpreting the way they cope with life challenges. With a strength-based mindset, one engages and interacts in ways that invite a curious exploration of “what can be” based on a clear set of values and attitudes.
 
Rest assured that this program does not mean a lot of extra work. For the most part, it involves modifying how some of the work is done. We provide a comprehensive package of tools, resources, and support that includes professional development, assessment, online resources, and consultation. 
Our approach is simple: connect with and inspire people to build on whatever is working and do a few things differently (instead of doing more things). 
 
Through our leading-edge training, tools, and resources, we work with you to guide you through this comprehensive process. Our reports, guides, and professional workshops give your school district a roadmap that is manageable and purposeful, and scaffolds on your existing strengths and previous success. All you need to bring is a commitment to continual growth and improvement.

Quick Glance at What's Involved

 

Meet the Team

 
Meritcore is an organization committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives by helping them build on their strengths. We understand resiliency and how to build it in students. We believe that the traditional “deficit-focused approach” presents a negative view of the individual and becomes limiting in the methods that are developed and the way they are engaged in the process. By using a strengths-based approached, positive results can be significantly enhanced as the individual becomes meaningfully involved and invested in the process. 
WAYNE HAMMOND Ph.D
Dr. Wayne Hammond is the Co-CEO, CSO of Meritcore. He holds an adjunct status with the School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Over the past twenty years, he has primarily worked with high-risk youth and their families with a focus on substance abuse and violence issues, as well as other related mental health concerns. He has published several scientific articles and has been an active lecturer who is sought out across Canada and the USA. Wayne holds the belief that all youth and their families have the ability to realize their greatest potential, and they can draw upon their innate internal and external strengths to successfully navigate life’s challenges and opportunities.
WAYNE HAMMOND Ph.D
Dr. Wayne Hammond is the Co-CEO, CSO of Meritcore. He holds an adjunct status with the School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Over the past twenty years, he has primarily worked with high-risk youth and their families with a focus on substance abuse and violence issues, as well as other related mental health concerns. He has published several scientific articles and has been an active lecturer who is sought out across Canada and the USA. Wayne holds the belief that all youth and their families have the ability to realize their greatest potential, and they can draw upon their innate internal and external strengths to successfully navigate life’s challenges and opportunities.
Rob Zimmerman
Director of 
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Karl Feltmate
Director of 
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Eva Macyszyn
Director of
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David Royer
Director of 
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Using our Resiliency Framework

 
Our Resiliency Framework identifies five internal and five external resiliency factors. Each of the resiliency factors is then related to developmental strengths (sub-factors). Essentially, resiliency can be seen as the cumulative interaction of these 31 developmental strengths that protect against risk and enhance health and wellness.  
 
The Resiliency: Assessing Developmental Strengths questionnaire (R: ADS)  is a research-validated survey that measures and provides a solid understanding of the strengths that contribute to resilience. When used with the interactive charts, reports, and guiding information in Onboard Education, individual student results and aggregated results provide a powerful starting point to build student resilience and a transformative, strengths-based school culture. 
 

 

After many years of research, we have developed a unique framework to assess students’ strengths.

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Understanding the Easy Process

 
Preparation: We’ll ensure we understand the unique story of your school district and appropriately match our products and services to help your district achieve its goals and expectations. We help develop the skills and understanding that you need to create a culture of strength in your school.
 
Action: We measure student resiliency, character, and other indicators and then provide training and consultation for integrating these results into meaningful school strategies of practice.
 
Delivery: We continue to support the journey with various training, workshops, and consultation to support your success

Implementing Onboard Education involves three simple steps:

As you take this exciting journey, here’s what you can expect to achieve:

Journey Milestones

Year one: Understanding the data, introducing the model to all school staff, selecting your champions, and getting them “Onboard.”
 
Year two: Exploring and comparing the data, further developing the strengths-based mindset, building a leadership program, and engaging parents.
 
Year three and beyond: Ongoing consultation and support with all principals and school staff about trends to monitor and additional strategies to strengthen school culture.