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The Importance of Resilience

Resilience is defined as the ability to succeed and thrive despite traumatic events, stress, and challenges that come our way. Building student resilience can mitigate the impact of adversities, enabling students to rise above the challenges they face. However, resilience is not only for students! All of us face adversity. The ability to bounce back with new learning and strength can make a difference for our school communities.

“Being trauma-informed means that you are resilience-focused. Look for strengths, not just deficits.”

How Schools can Foster Resilience:

  • Creating school environments that are physically and psychologically safe, stable, predictable, and secure
  • Promoting social-emotional skill development in their staff and students
  • Supporting student and staff mental wellness
  • Creating a sense of belonging and connectedness
  • Fostering positive, supportive, and trusting relationships between students, staff and families
  • Ensuring equity, access and inclusion for all

For more information about the importance of building resilient schools communities, check out the National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments website.