Who we are
Dr. Byron McClure
Dr. Kelsie Reed
Dr. Byron McClure, D.Ed., is a nationally certified school psychologist and founder of Lessons For SEL. He uses research and human-centered design thinking to build empathy, ideate, co-create solutions, and design equitable resources that put the needs of people front and center. While formerly serving as the assistant director of school redesign at a high school in Southeast, DC, he reimagined social-emotional learning within an inner-city community. Dr. McClure is the co-author of Hacking Deficit Thinking: 8 reframes that will change the way you think about strength-based practices and equity in schools.
Dr. Kelsie Reed, Ph.D. is., is a nationally certified school psychologist who presently works at the elementary school level in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2020 and was the recipient of two university awards for her dissertation titled, “Investigating Exclusionary Discipline: Teachers, Deficit Thinking, and Root Cause Analysis.” Dr. Reed is the co-author of Hacking Deficit Thinking: 8 reframes that will change the way you think about strength-based practices and equity in schools.
main goals of the strength-based
To provide and disseminate strength-based research, resources, and tools.
To advance knowledge and understanding of strength-based approaches.
To help people to be able to name, know, and use their strengths.