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April 13, 2014

Suffering Interrupts Plans and Carries Us On

We look for ways to develop perseverance and resilience in our students and ourselves. We work at feeling better, feeling different, not to get caught in the mire. Do we know enough about the dynamics of facing adversity and working our way through it?

February 20, 2014

Developing Resilience in Our Children With Help From Sesame Street

Building resilience skills should begin early but does not stop after children leave their preschool years. As a society, we should focus on helping children become stronger academically, as equally as we do their social and emotional wellbeing.

February 18, 2014

Building Strong Children

Building strong children should not be a serendipitous by-product of our work with children. It must be as much our focus as teaching them information about their subjects of study.

January 26, 2014

Sam Berns' Courage Offers 4 Lessons in Leadership

How we bring ourselves to the challenges we face makes a difference in how we, and those who follow us, experience them.

November 17, 2013

Resilience and Schools

We cannot develop resilience without encountering some adversity. How can we help our children develop the emotional skills necessary to meet adversity and grow beyond it with strength, confidence, courage, and tenacity, or grit?

September 10, 2013

Should Children Really Be Expected to Have Grit?

Grit is being used to decsribe how students need to toughen up and face their failures, and as important as grit may be, reslience seems to be a much better trait to have in life.

August 12, 2013

Fortified Environments Can Turnaround The Adverse Impacts of Poverty

Ask a teacher in a high-poverty school to name their challenges and near the top of the list will be disruptive kids and students not ready to learn.

June 30, 2013

Resilience for Our Students and Ourselves

Our current leadership challenge lies in our capacity to be resilient ourselves, and to develop resilient students and systems.

May 12, 2013

Leaders and Forgiveness

How do we place a betrayal of trust in a whole life story? What is the proper balance between punishment and forgiveness?

April 29, 2013

AERA: Socially Savvy Students Get By With Help From Their Friends

New research presented Sunday at the American Educational Research Association meeting here suggests students' confidence in their own social skills and the emotional support in their classroom can change the way they ask for help.

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