In this one-hour session, participants will be introduced to “positive deviance,” an asset-based, community-driven approach to problem-solving. Positive deviance is grounded in the idea that some of the answers to existing challenges don’t need to come from external “experts;” the solutions have often already presented themselves but are overlooked. Sometimes, bright spots within our communities prove to be the answer to our most frustrating issues. How might we identify these positive outliers within our communities to create healthier school environments and build stronger relationships? Participants in this session will engage in activities that integrate design thinking skills and mindsets with the positive deviance process, so that they can apply this work directly to the issues that are impacting their classrooms the most.