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.

  • Tips for Teaching Realistic Optimism

    Some simple strategies can help students reframe challenges as opportunities for growth.
    Ginna Guiang-Myers
  • 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.
  • The Power of Summer Reflection

    Taking stock of past successes and challenges can boost your resilience for the upcoming school year.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Resources for Teaching About Character

    Five videos and a set of resources for celebrating Character Day on September 26.
  • 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.
  • 7 Lessons for Teachers From Dumbledore

    The fictional headmaster of Hogwarts possesses wisdom that all teachers can draw on.
  • Resources for Responding to Trauma and Tragedy

    Guidance for supporting students who have experienced trauma or grief and for coping with violence and disasters.
  • 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.
  • Learning Through Mistakes

    For these arts students—for all students—learning comes from taking risks, making mistakes, and applying feedback.
  • 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.
  • Mathematical Habits of Mind

    In math (and all STEM subjects), we should encourage a mindset in which students know what to do when they don't know what to do.
  • 5-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward

    Knowing how to learn from failure can be a key to success. In this playlist, VideoAmy curates the best videos and resources for encouraging students to be resilient and embrace mistakes.