Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup
Edutopia's curated collection of blogs, articles, interviews, and videos with information for parents and educators about the associated concepts of resilience and grit.
Resources by Topic:
- Nurturing Resilience
- Managing Stress and Failure
- Responding to Trauma and Tragedy
- Grit and Growth Mindset
There’s been a lot of talk lately about resilience (bouncing back from adversity) and grit (persevering through challenges), including the skills associated with these processes and their importance for student well-being and academic success. Edutopia has created this curated list of resources to help educators and parents follow the discussion and create home and school environments that provide supports and opportunities to help students thrive.
- Resilience and Learning (ASCD's Educational Leadership, 2013)
The September 2013 issue of ASCD’s Education Leadership was dedicated to “Resilience and Learning.” While some of the articles are available only by paid subscription, free highlights include:
- Reflections on Resilience: Sara Truebridge and Bonnie Benard offer this helpful infographic for understanding resilience—what it is and what it is not.
- Havens of Resilience: Nan Henderson, president of Resiliency in Action, describes the aspects of school climate that help support the development of student resilience.
- Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou: Amy M. Azzam interviews Maya Angelou about her own experiences with resilience and her thoughts on fostering resilience in children; check out the bonus audio excerpt to hear part of the interview.
- 7 Secrets of Resilience: This circular graphic includes tidbits about resilience from each of the authors featured in the September issue.
- Resilience: The Other 21st Century Skills (User Generated Education, 2013)
Blogger Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D., uses this blog post to discuss characteristics of resilience, key points from resilience research, and how educators can connect with students to help them develop resiliency.
- Is Resilience the Secret to Student Success? (ASCD's The Whole Child podcast, 2013)
Sara Truebridge, an education consultant on resilience; and Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist and author; discuss what resilience looks like and how it can be developed.
- Building Resilient Students: Three Strategies for Success (Educational Horizons, 2013/2014)
Janine S. Davis describes three strategies teachers can use to help foster student resilience in the face of roadblocks and setbacks.
- Resilience and Schools (Education Week, 2013)
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers offer advice on how educators can help schools be places where students are supported to develop the skills necessary to meet and rebound from adversity. Also check out their blog post, "Resilience for Our Students and Ourselves," on the leadership literature about resilience.
- Teaching Students the ABCs of Resilience (Edutopia, 2013)
Renee Jain, a positive psychology practitioner with a focus on SEL, discusses the ABCs of Resilience, a simple yet critical formula for helping young people overcome adversity.
- Educating the Heart: 6 Steps to Build Kindness & Resilience in Children (Dalai Lama Center, 2012)
In this six-part video series, Dr. Dan Siegel describes how to use brain-based strategies to foster connection and mindfulness in order to build kindness and resilience in children. The videos are of particular interest to parents, but are also useful for teachers dealing with discipline and building relationships with and among students.
Managing Stress and Failure
- Helping Students Manage Stress, Set Goals, and Feel Connected (Edutopia, 2012)
Inspired by Paul Tough's new book, blogger Elena Aguilar offers ways to help students set goals, handle stress, and connect with school community. For more about the San Francisco school she mentions and their schoolwide stress-reduction efforts, check out Edutopia's Schools that Work coverage (2012): Tackling Truancy, Suspensions, and Stress.
- Help Students De-Stress for Success (Edutopia, 2012)
Health teacher and Edutopia blogger Christopher Pepper highlights ways educators can help students reduce stress.
- How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure (Greater Good, 2013)
Vicki Zakrzewski, education director of the Greater Good Science Center, discusses Martin Covington’s research on failure and three strategies educators can use to help students overcome their fear of failure to become success- rather than failure-oriented.
- Making Friends with Failure (Edutopia, 2013)
Science evangelist and Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez suggests that we make friends with failure in the academic world -- because for scientists, failure is just another word for data.
- Po Bronson on “Learning to Lose” (GreatSchools, 2013)
In this brief video, NurtureShock author Po Bronson discusses why it’s important to help children learn how to cope with failure.
Responding to Trauma and Tragedy
- Tips for Resilience in the Face of Horror (Greater Good, 2013)
Jason March, founding editor-in-chief of Greater Good, describes how educators and parents can help protect children and themselves from the effects of vicarious trauma. The linked article, "Resources for Helping Children Cope with Trauma," is also worth reading.
- Helping Kids Recover from Trauma (Edutopia, 2009)
Andrea Orr describes how schools can foster resilience by focusing on internal and external supports, helping students build confidence, and encouraging the development of a strong sense of personal identity.
- Talking to Your Children About Tragedy (Bright Horizons, 2013)
In this video, Brendamarie Contreras, director at Bright Horizons, discusses relevant principles parents can consider in relation to young children and personal or family reactions to traumatic events. Though the introduction to the video is focused on Boston, the principles discussed can be applied to a wide variety of situations.
- Talking with Children about Difficult Subjects: Illness, Death, Violence, and Disaster (NYU Child Study Center, 2010)
Though designed with parents in mind, this resource on talking to children about difficult subjects is a useful guide for administrators and teachers at all levels.
- Responding to Tragedy: Resources for Educators (Edutopia, 2013)
Freelance contributor Matt Davis has compiled some useful resources with guidance for adults looking to help children through trauma, grief, and natural disasters.
- Five Tips for Supporting Grieving Students (Edutopia, 2013)
Chris Park of the New York Life Foundation and Dr. David Schonfeld of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement offer five tips to help teachers deal with grieving students.
Grit and Growth Mindset
- True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It (Edutopia, 2013)
Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis identifies the nature of grit, its necessity and value of grit in education, and ten ways of teaching students to develop their own grit.
- 5 Steps to Foster Grit in the Classroom (Edutopia, 2013)
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller considers 'grit' as a 21st century skill encompassing real-world qualities like determination, adaptability and reflection, and suggests five steps to foster this mindset in the classroom.
- Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills (User Generated Education, 2013)
Gerstein provides educational resources for understanding and building grit in this companion post to her post on resilience, part of a series of posts on 21st-century skills. Her post includes tools for practice at all levels and a link to Angela Duckworth’s TED talk on grit.
- True Grit (Association for Psychological Science, 2013)
Focused on the research, this article serves as a good overview of Angela Duckworth’s research on grit for beginning and experienced educators.
- How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (Edutopia, 2012)
Blogger Elena Aguilar shares highlights from Paul Tough's new book, How Children Succeed. As a follow up, you may want to listen to the podcast Back to School (This American Life, 2012), also focused on the Tough book.
- How To Foster Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: An Educator’s Guide (KQED's MindShift, 2013)
MindShift editor Tina Barseghian summarizes some of the highlights of a report issued by the Department of Education’s Office of Technology, “Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance—Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century.”
- Grit, Luck and Money (American Public Media, 2012)
This outstanding set of articles/podcast explores the challenges faced by disadvantaged students entering college, many of whom struggle to get to graduation. Going beyond grit to the need for ongoing supports, Emily Hanford profiles the support model at work in YES Prep Public Schools, a charter school network Edutopia profiled in 2009: College-Bound Culture in Houston.
- The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around) (Edutopia, 2013)
Edutopia blogger Jose Vilson offers three strategies to help educators shape the discussion after a student says, “I can’t do this.”
- Stanford University’s Carol Dweck on the Growth Mindset and Education (OneDublin.org, 2012)
In this article, a useful introduction to Carol S. Dweck’s work and thinking, OneDublin.org founder and editor James Morehead interviews Dweck about her research into mindsets and the concept of “fixed mindset” versus “growth mindset.”
- Growth Mindset and the Common Core Math Standards (Edutopia, 2013)
Guest blogger Cindy Bryant, moderator of the LearnBop PLC, describes some of the research on growth mindset and illustrates how the growth mindset aligns with the Common Core Standards for math.
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