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Using Individual Character Strengths to Build Community and Maximize Potential
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When: 3/3/2016
From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Severn School
201 Water Street
Severna Park, Maryland  21146
United States

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To make change, we often focus on areas of weakness. This deficit-based approach to growth can affect self-esteem and motivation, giving rise to frustrations that serve to perpetuate a negative cycle.  This can be true at the individual and institutional levels. Instead, this workshop will present a research-based, character strengths-oriented framework to help faculty, students, and schools function at their highest potential. This strengths-based method will help all community members reach goals, problem solve, build relationships, and maximize achievement. Applicable Grades: 4-12. Lunch is included.


Presenters: Laura Drossner and Samantha Straub, Severn School

Laura Drossner is a Middle School English Department Head and Advisory Coordinator at Severn School. Laura has worked as a classroom teacher and grade level dean in a variety of school settings over the course of the past five years. She is entering her third year at Severn School. At Severn, she develops curriculum, teaches English to sixth and eighth graders, oversees advisory programming, mentors colleagues, and integrates community service initiatives. She also enjoys coaching middle school track and field.


Samantha Straub is an Upper School Counselor and Advisory Coordinator at Severn School. Sam has worked as a classroom teacher, dean, and counselor in independent schools for 18 years. She is in her fourth year as Severn’s Upper School Counselor. In this role, she provides support for students and families, oversees the Upper School advisory program, trains Peer Counselors, and co-teaches Health and Wellness classes for ninth graders and Leadership Seminars for upperclassmen. 


Campus Location: St. Johns Athletic Center-Koch Alumni Room; Park in front of Athletic Center on Holly Avenue off Evergreen Road.


Registration Deadline Date: 2/23/2016 (no refunds after this date)

AIMS Member Fee: $75, $100 after 2/23

Non AIMS Member Fee: $115, $140 after 2/23

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