What is a Strong Club and why was it started?
A Strong Club™ is a district-wide club or a school-wide club that teaches, encourages, and recognizes respect in a fun way. When you walk through the doors of a school with a Strong Club and start to interact with the staff and students, you immediately sense that something is different, something is special. Before long you figure out what it is - everyone treats each other and their jobs with respect and because of that, the school is filled with energy and joy.
The club was started in 2014 to help address a major problem that's been around for way too long - the low level of respect in our society. More specifically, there are not enough strong people in the world who respect their
job, others, and themselves the way they should - and because of this a myriad
of symptoms of the problem exist - things like bullying, school
underachievement, racism, violence,
poverty, abuse, divorce, drug use, suicide, etc. As educators, our opinion is that we have a "Respect Crisis."
A school district or a school with a Strong Club develops and implements an annual plan to model, teach, encourage, and recognize respect every day in positive manner. The goal is to have respect permeate every aspect of the operation of the school district or school. (We provide free suggestions for your plan.) The plan has four parts:
1. How do we model respect?
What is our plan for modeling to students what respect for your job, others, and yourself looks like on a daily basis? (When every faculty and staff person puts in the effort to model respect daily, it makes it more likely that students will respect their job, others and themselves.)
2. How do we teach respect?
What is our quarterly or month by month plan for teaching students how to respect their job, others, and themselves in a fun way? What Strong Club assemblies or videos do we feel will be the most helpful for our students this year?
3. How do we encourage respect?
What is our plan for encouraging students to respect? It is one thing to teach students about how to respect, it is another to encourage them in a positive, enthusiastic manner to respect on a daily basis. (We have to be sure that students of all ages can answer the question, "If I respect my job, others, and myself - what's in it for me?")
4. How do we recognize respect?
What is our plan for recognizing students who respect their job, others, and themselves? (If we believe respect is very important, we have to make recognition a big deal.)