DURHAM Cutting Edge Conversation: Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Durham Public Library - Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707
  • 12


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Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)

Event Description:  Asset-Based Community Development shifts our focus from problems to opportunities through the tool of appreciative inquiry.  ABCD is an approach that seeks to empower members of the community to foster new growth through building relationships.  Come join us for an introduction to this innovative framework and to explore how we can create coaching alliances through our mutual passions and unique skills, and by sharing connections to local partnerships, non-profits, community initiatives, businesses, and other resources available in the Research Triangle. 

Some questions we'll explore together are: 

What are the strengths and assets of our coaching community?
When was a time you felt our community was at its best?  Why/how?
What do you value most about our current coaching community?
What is the essence of our community that makes it unique and strong?

What dream do I have that I want to make a new reality through support

from this coaching community?

In what ways could my dream be empowered in this coaching community?

Which specific resources would I like to find in our community?


By the end of the gathering, we'll generate a list of resources together for OGL:  One Good Lead—so that each of us feels more connected and supported to tap into our ABCD!


Sandra E. Clifton, M.Ed., PCC, CEP, BCET

Board Certified Educational Therapist in Private Practice for Sensitive, Gifted & Twice-Exceptional Kids

Second Grade ~ College/Grad School

Sandra Clifton taught high school English, speech, and drama in public schools for ten years before moving to New York City to join an amazing team of teachers at Prep for Prep, a non-profit organization that prepares talented minority scholars for placement in independent schools.  Continuing her path as an upper school educator in NYC, Sandra taught at the Professional Children’s School, Poly Prep Country Day Upper School, and Packer Collegiate Institute while earning credentials to become an accredited professional life coach.  Ms. Clifton was then hired at the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University, where she served as a Program Coach and Master Trainer on the RULER Team, helping schools integrate a curriculum of evidence-based skills in Social & Emotional Learning.  Then in 2006, Sandra opened the Clifton Corner:  A Private Practice in Brooklyn, where she worked with families for ten years.

Sandra has now returned to her childhood roots in Chapel Hill to continue the mission to provide educational therapy for Highly Sensitive Students and Twice-Exceptional Teens.  Her private practice is a safe space of learning to support overwhelmed students who struggle with issues of perfection, motivation, organization, learning differences, executive functioning, academic anxiety and self-esteem.  Through the tools of mindfulness, creativity, leadership and positive psychology, Sandra promotes self-discovery and personal accountability to help young people transform their identity to reach new goals of intellectual and personal growth, from middle school through college.  Sandra also has a special affinity with both athletes and artists/musicians who shine with strengths outside of school—but may encounter challenges with time management, confidence, and/or academic insecurities in the classroom.  She knows that young people are incredibly capable of succeeding both on and off the court, and loves helping to create the right tools to support all of her students.

As a Professional Member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA) and Professional Member of the Association of Educational Therapists (AET), Sandra guides parents through curriculum decisions and school transitions to create more joy in the journey of learning, and serves as an independent consultant at schools and organizations to help promote a positive learning environment through seminars and professional workshops.  Sandra has been featured as an expert speaker and panelist by The Child Mind Institute, Park Slope Parents, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Packer Collegiate Institute, Fordham University, WPIX, and CBS. 

Please contact Kelly Best at KellyBestCoaching@gmail.com or 919.389.0640 if you want to facilitate a Cutting Edge Conversation event and/or have an idea for a topic discussion.

Attendance limited to 20.

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