George Lucas Educational Foundation

Resilience and Grit

Research underscores the importance of bouncing back from adversity and persevering through challenges. But are these teachable skills? Find and share resources to answer that question here.

  • Resilience and Grit

    Tips for Teaching Realistic Optimism

    Some simple strategies can help students reframe challenges as opportunities for growth.
  • Resilience and Grit

    Boosting Resilience Through Creativity

    Creativity is a resource for coping with stress—and it can be as simple as just asking questions to enhance our sense of wonder.
  • Teacher Development

    The Power of Summer Reflection

    Taking stock of past successes and challenges can boost your resilience for the upcoming school year.
  • Growth Mindset

    Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset

    Find information about growth mindset, discover how learning mindsets can affect student performance, and explore strategies that support student confidence.
  • Education Equity

    The Warm Demander: An Equity Approach

    "Warm demander" teachers expect great things from their students, convince them of their own brilliance, and help them reach their potential in a disciplined, structured environment.
  • Education Trends

    True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

    Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you might think. When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and West Point cadets, she found: One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit.
  • 5-Minute Film Festival

    5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character

    Five videos and a set of resources for celebrating Character Day on September 26.
  • Resilience and Grit

    Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset

    Resources related to building the skills young people need to confront adversity, cope with challenges, and persevere to attain goals.
  • Mental Health

    Resources for Responding to Trauma and Tragedy

    Guidance for supporting students who have experienced trauma or grief and for coping with violence and disasters.
  • Teacher Development

    7 Lessons for Teachers From Dumbledore

    The fictional headmaster of Hogwarts possesses wisdom that all teachers can draw on.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

    Avoid burnout through positive self-talk and self-reflection, managing your workload, embracing the little joys of teaching, becoming more resilient, and temporarily setting your problems aside.
  • Growth Mindset

    Learning Through Mistakes

    For these arts students—for all students—learning comes from taking risks, making mistakes, and applying feedback.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Debunking Myths About Resilience

    It’s important to tackle these four myths because the social and emotional health of the adults who work in schools matters.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

    Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien, teachers and authors, discuss the value of making mistakes and helping students adopt the mindset to view their mistakes as healthy challenges rather than crushing defeats.