Resilience is being able to bounce back from stress, challenge, tragedy, trauma or adversity. When children are resilient, they are braver, more curious, more adaptable, and more able to extend their reach into the world.

(Young, n.d.)

Videos About Resilience

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University explain the mechanism of the development of resilience.  Closed Captioned, 2:29 minutes.
A teacher and poet describes the importance of considering how students thrive despite the obstacles in their lives.  Closed Captioned, 11:54 minutes.
A teacher explains why educators need to connect with their students.  Closed Captioned, 7:48 minutes.
Kids Matter Australia discuss the key to resilience in children and how it can be fostered by schools.  Closed Captioned, 4:54 minutes.

1 responsive caring adult (e.g. teacher, coach, family member) in a child’s life is enough to protect against the damaging effects of stress and adversity.  (Young, n.d.)

10basic principles of improving resilience that can be applied individually or using group activities.  (Ackerman, 2019)

More Information About Resilience

27 Resilience Activities & Worksheets for Students and Adults
Sets of worksheet activities to develop resilience divided into different age groups.

The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success
Washington Office of Public Instruction and Western Washington University compiled handbook for working with students.

Center on the Developing Child: Harvard University
Educational materials about resilience.

Fostering Resilience
Website developed by a pediatrician and University of Pennsylvania Professor with resources for families and professionals aimed at building resilience.

Documentary: Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
One hour documentary explaining the science of resilience – can be screened by contacting the filmmakers.

Center for Childhood Resilience at Children’s Hospital Chicago
Training, education and outreach to families and professionals focused around increasing children’s mental health by building resilience.