Sometimes we don’t know our own strength. But once we do, it makes us even stronger – and empowers everyone around us, too. That’s why the College of Charleston Office for the Academic Experience is offering faculty and staff the opportunity to attend its second annual Strengths Institute, Aug. 10–12, 2020.

Based on Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Assessment and talent themes, the Strengths Institute gives faculty and staff a foundation to understand and apply their individual strengths.

This free, fun and interactive workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore and engage with their individual strengths, practice facilitating group strengths activities and conduct individual strengths coaching sessions. Participants will come away with an appreciation for all 34 talent themes and will identify practical ways to implement their strengths in instruction and develop skills to enhance interactions with students and colleagues.

“The Strengths Institute was a great opportunity to reflect on my teaching, learn new things and engage with faculty and staff outside of my regular responsibilities. It allowed me to consider the various ways my students approach their work and their learning and modify my teaching to better match the strengths and talents my students bring to our classroom,” says Associate Professor of Communication Beth Goodier. “What has been most rewarding is seeing the students respond to these additions and really engage the material associated with Gallup Strengths. I have been able to incorporate it into conversations about leadership, communication, interpersonal relationship, teamwork and professional development. Helping students to understand how to work to their strengths and develop their talents has been a game changer in my senior capstone class. I am so glad I made the time to attend!”

The hours of the 2020 Strengths Institute are 1–4 p.m. on August 10 and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on August 11 and 12. To apply, complete this online application form. Applications close May 22, 2020, and applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 25, 2020. Space is limited to 24 participants.

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