Greetings! I have received many responses and inquiries about the Strengths Movement in Schools since the airing of the Today Show in April, 2007 and Marcus Buckingham’s national book tour. I have also received many questions regarding the Affinities Program. The Program will be available to the public in January of 2008. In the meantime, it is being piloted in 2007-2008 by an independent school and a public school district. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or receiving a free DVD which further highlights the program and its implementation at Purnell School, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Strengths Movement in Schools is undergoing strategic planning that will extend into August, 2007. The first step in this process is to organize a national advisory board to guide the work of the Movement in Schools. The Movement in Schools will emerge in the fall as a not for profit consortium of like-minded educators, parents, health providers, career counselors, and social service agencies–all people who work with child development. Several people have inquired about the relationship between me and Marcus Buckingham. The Affinities Program was developed prior to my relationship with Marcus Buckingham. Throughout December and into March, Marcus and I teamed up to spread the message about strengths. This teaming up was a serendipitous meeting of like-minded professionals who became friends over a cause that we have both committed our life’s work to in separate arenas. Now that the tour has concluded, the relationship continues as I further recommend his books and products to anyone seeking practical tools for adults to use in developing their strengths. Marcus will be serving on the Strengths in Schools Advisory Board and is an enthusiastic supporter of the publication of the Affinities Program. To everyone who has expressed interest in the Strengths Movement in Schools, I will get back to you in August with a new website that will have many resources for you to use. In the meantime, please feel free to email me with questions or comments regarding this movement in our nation’s schools. I respond to all inquiries and I am happy to mail you the free DVD and some literature.