Resilience-Building Schools for At-Risk Youth

By The Learning Network
December 18, 2018 10:08 am

“This book is essential for pre-service and in-service teachers, school leaders, and mental-health professionals working with youth, as well as policy makers considering how to design schools and programs to foster and build on the resilience youth bring with them to the classroom. It provides real-world application of theory from the structural to the classroom level, and illustrates practical strategies with vivid examples of school life and experience.” —Heather H. Woodley, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Multilingual Multicultural Studies, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Here is an authoritative yet easy-to-follow blueprint for creating “Resilience-Based Schools”—nurturing environments that fully address the goals of academic learning while also developing the social, emotional, and motivational foundations that are essential for learning to happen. Drawing on current research and from her own direct experience with kids who have thrived in these settings, Dr. Maura Mulloy provides a practical framework that gets everyone pulling together in the same direction to promote positive student adjustment and high achievement:

  • Explains how a resilience-based approach can significantly improve student outcomes in low-performing schools;
  • Outlines step-by-step strategies to boost students’ motivation and achievement levels by reducing risk, enhancing social skills, building in emotional supports, and strengthening academic competencies;
  • Provides a portrait of a resilience-building school in action, including at-risk student voices, highlighting key school elements responsible for academic turn-arounds.


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