BFA Teachers Focus on Building Strong School Communities

BFA Asset Builders

BFA Faculty/Staff at “Developmental Assets” Training, left to right; Mr. Thomas Lane, Ms. Sue O’Brien, Mr. Thomas Pfeiffer, Ms. Emily Cogan, Ms. Andrea McDonald, Mr. John Viau, Mr. John Tague, Mr. Dave Buckingham, Ms. Lisa Koval, Ms. Rachel McIntyre, Ms. Karine Poulin, Ms. Amelia Duffy (not pictured, Mr. Fred Griffin)

Students have left for the summer, but our teachers are still hard at work planning for ways to make next year even better!

On Tuesday, a dozen faculty and staff members of BFA High School met for a full day of training in “Building Developmental Assets in School Communities”. The training was coordinated by Michael Clark (Principal) and Mary Lynn Riggs (FWSU Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment) and presented by Lisa Koval (Speech Language Pathologist at BFA) and Dave Buckingham (Guidance Counselor at BFA).

Developmental Assets are positive experiences, relationships, opportunities and personal competencies that young people need to be healthy, caring, competent and responsible.

In 1990, Search Institute based out of Minneapolis, MN released a framework of 40 Developmental Assets.  These assets identify a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults.

BFA Asset Flyer

Data collected from Search Institute surveys of more than 4 million children and youth from all backgrounds and situations has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets young people acquire, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming happy, healthy, and contributing members of their communities and society.

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During the day-long training, BFA High School Staff and Faculty participated in a series of interactive activities punctuated by discussion and reflection to become familiar with the connections between the asset framework and academic success.

Special Educator Emily Cogan and Science Teacher Tom Pfeiffer  look over materials supplied to the Developmental Assets training group

Special Educator Emily Cogan and Science Teacher Tom Pfeiffer look over materials supplied to the Developmental Assets training group

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