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September 19, 2019 53 min

MTT037| Thrively, Strength Based Education - Judy Blakeney and Tricia Gee

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Tired of only looking at what your students are doing wrong?  Interested in building up your student’s self-esteem? Join us as we look at Thrively, where they look at student’s strengths instead of their weaknesses.  

Judy Blakeney is an English and Career Technical Education teacher at Aliso Viejo Middle School (Capistrano Unified School District). She also serves as the #CUEchat coordinator, organizing CUE’s weekly Twitter chat that supports CUE’s Leadership, Rockstar, Affiliates, Learning Networks, and Authors connection with CUE members. As a Google Innovator and Trainer, she enjoys exploring ways to support innovative, interactive, and learner-centered professional learning. Her Google Innovator project, StrengthBasedEDU provides professional learning for teachers focusing on their own and students’ strengths, using technology tools like Thrively, Flipgrid, and Google Sites for student digital portfolios. She actively participates in two California Teachers Association-affiliated organizations, the Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) and Institute for Teaching (IFT), expanding her strength-based educational work. In the 2018-2019 school year, she was awarded a $5,000 grant from the IFT titled, “Prepare for the Future: Coding and Career Focused Education,” to support her strength-based work in her middle school CTE classroom. Additionally, she is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Technology at Boise State University, currently working on her dissertation focused on the use of Twitter for educator professional learning.  

Contact: Judy Blakeney

Twitter: @judyblakeney

Instagram: judyblakeney1






Over the last 15+ years, Tricia has taught English language arts, History-Social Science 8, and Pre-AP Language and Composition to 7th and 8th graders, and in addition to teaching, she is entering her 2nd year as a part-time TOSA. After a full day of work, Tricia is actively involved with her association as Vice-President, and she is part of CTA’s Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC), Institute for Teaching (IFT) and IFT’s Research and Design Think Tank. Through these three organizations, she has had an opportunity to work on building a #StrengthBasedEDU culture around Strength-Based, Teacher Driven Change. 

Contact: Trisha Gee

Twitter: @drtriciagee


Items mentioned in Episode 37:


National Education Association (NEA)

Digital Portfolios

Strength Finders


Your Child’s Strengths by Jennifer Fox

Essential Assessment By Cassie Erkins

Collaborative Common Assessments By Cassie Erkins


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