RESILIENCE is the capacity that helps us thrive even when faced with adversity. Resilient students are more likely to weather difficulties, resolve problems, and see their education through to completion.
RESILIENCE is bolstered by internal factors, such as the way our brains work, and by environmental ones, such as positive social relationships and experiences of well-earned success. RESILIENCE development may be hampered when students lack a sense of belonging and accomplishment, when they have few external supports, and when they are not taught the skills they need to manage impulsiveness or communicate effectively.
Low RESILIENCE may be a factor when students:
All students will experience hardship at some point during their school careers and in their lives. RESILIENCE helps students overcome these hardships. When vulnerable students experience school life as RESILIENCE-promoting, they are more likely to stay engaged and be able to capitalize on the important benefits of school completion. They feel they belong and can succeed in spite of difficulties and, when obstacles mount, these students are able to overcome them.
RESILIENCE promotion can be targeted in various ways to draw students into an engaged and effective school life: