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Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset

Explore curated collections of resources related to building the skills, mindsets, and necessary supports to help young people confront adversity, cope with challenges, and demonstrate perseverance to attain goals.
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There’s been a lot of talk lately about resilience, grit, growth mindset, and related concepts -- including the social and emotional skills associated with these factors and their importance for student well-being and academic success. Edutopia has curated these lists of resources to help educators and parents follow these topics and create home and school environments that provide supports and opportunities to help young people thrive.

Photo of adult and child sitting side by sideNurturing Resilience

The ability to bounce back from adversity is associated with a variety of skills. Learn more about the resilience research and supports and strategies to develop resilience in young people. (10+ Resources)


Photo of school children leaving buildingFostering Grit

Explore an array of resources about understanding and building student perseverance, and consider questions raised by the research on grit. (15+ Resources)


Photo of adult talking with childTeaching Growth Mindset

Find information about growth mindset, discover how learning mindsets can affect student performance, and explore strategies that support student confidence. (20+ Resources)


Photo of a student with a hand under his chinLearning From Failure

Prevent fear of failure from holding students back by targeting strategies that normalize struggle and help children view mistakes as opportunities. (10+ Resources)


Photo of a girl holding a folderManaging Stress

Learn about types of stress, discover how stress can affect the learning brain, and find ways to help young people understand and better manage stress and its effects. (10+ Resources)


Photo of an eyeResponding to Trauma and Tragedy

Review approaches to support students who have experienced trauma, learn how to help grieving students, and find guidance on coping with violence and disaster. (15+ Resources)

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regina davenport's picture

Promoting grit, tenacity, and perseverance, termed the multifaceted concept is a wonderful way of thinking, teaching, and encouraging students to set goals for themselves. I hadn't read anything on this concept, but often thought of how it is important to have these tools to move towards successful completion of anything that is challenging. Student should be taught to use technology as a tool to enhance learning, and I agree that tenacity, grit, and perseverance should be taught right along with technology to help students build character.

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

You might want to add EdWeek Teacher's Teaching Ahead Roundtable on grit.- 5 blog posts responding to the "grit" narrative and teacher preparation.

I also like this: The Poverty Trap: Slack Not Grit Creates Achievement

and I wrote this, so of course I like it. :-)

Grit and the Critical Skills Program: a Disposition, not a Predetermination

Ashley Cronin's picture
Ashley Cronin
Digital Resource Curator

Thanks, Laura. Great resources. Vicki Zakrzewski of the Greater Good Science Center wrote a post recently also, "What's Wrong With Grit?" that discusses some of the questions raised by the grit research.

Donna Volpitta, Ed.D.'s picture
Donna Volpitta, Ed.D.
Founder of The Center for Resilient Leadership

Wonderful list of resources. We wrote a book, The Resilience Formula: A Guide to Proactive, Not Reactive, Parenting, that is available on Amazon and is also a great resource for both parents and educators.

I also do workshops teaching people how to understand the brain in order to make more mindfully resilient decisions. The model that I teach integrates work from Carol Dweck (Growth Mindset), Dan Siegel (Mindsight), and David Rock (Neuroleadership Institute). It is very easy to understand and applies to every challenge from the playground to the board room.

Would love to share the work with Edutopia!

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