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Keeping the Developmental Asset Language Alive

Summary:

As superintendent of the West Carrollton School District, Dr. Rusty Clifford believes in the importance of his staff both knowing and regularly using the Developmental Asset® language. He wants everyone in the West Carrollton Schools to use the asset language in their daily interactions with students and community members.  The issue he faced was how make the assets visible on a continual basis throughout their buildings and school community. Read more....

Topics Covered:

  • Role Models
  • Student-Teacher Relations
  • Engagement

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The Issue or Objective Being Addressed:

As superintendent of the West Carrollton School District, Dr. Rusty Clifford believes in the importance of his staff both knowing and regularly using the Developmental Asset® language. He wants everyone in the West Carrollton Schools to use the asset language in their daily interactions with students and community members.  The issue he faced was how make the assets visible on a continual basis throughout their buildings and school community.

The Strategy Utilized:

One way he keeps the asset language front and center is by offering asset jerseys for teachers.  After teachers determine their favorite asset, he orders a jersey with the asset number and PIRATES (district mascot) on the front and asset number and asset name on the back (see football style jersey below).  Teachers new to the district are now provided with an asset jersey as a welcoming gift. The asset jerseys are worn during special events such as Bravo Days or other events throughout the community where staff members are engaged in activities and/or projects centered around building the Developmental Assets.  The jerseys are also frequently worn on their “red and black” Fridays.

Recently, Dr. Clifford realized he had not provided the same asset jersey opportunity for his certified staff, i.e. custodians, cooks, bus drivers, maintenance, clerical, etc.  He then offered an asset jersey to everyone in those positions.  If they let him know what their favorite asset and jersey size was he said he would purchase a jersey for them.  In his mind he thought he would hear from maybe 50 people.  Not so!  All 182 certified staff members wanted an asset jersey!  What a surprise.

On another occasion, presentations were recently being made at a Board of Education meeting.  The students and staff from West Carrollton High School were presenting on project-based learning and the use of technology in the classroom.  This particular presentation utilized Kahoot software, which allows someone to design and deliver a quiz using the software.  This particular quiz was about the Developmental Assets.  Not only did the school board members and those watching on cable TV get reminded about the assets, but students were empowered to lead the presentation.

Outcomes/Results:

1. The number of people interested in having an asset jersey far exceeded Dr. Clifford’s expectations and affirms there is pride in having AND wearing an asset jersey.

2. Certified staff members wear their jerseys frequently during work days and more often than teachers.

3. Certified staff members are “in the fabric” of each school building, the jerseys continue to keep the asset language in front of students, other staff, and visitors. 

4. Staff at the various schools find ways to incorporate the asset language beyond just the classroom and not only with students, but with community members as well.

Author:

Dr. Rusty Clifford, Superintendent of West Carrollton Schools, West Carrollton, OH

 

                                                

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