Kristen Pekarek

How We Help Students Develop Resiliency

"Resiliency is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds—trauma, tragedy, personal crises, plain 'ole' life problems—and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful" (Henderson, 2012). It is important for kids to develop resiliency so they can cope with the various hardships they will encounter throughout their lives.

Searching around for information on this topic, I came across this infographic, The 7 Things Administrators Can Do to Help Students Develop Resiliency, that outlines the things administrators do in their role to help kids develop these skills. This graphic does a good job of showing an administrator’s job responsibilities, and how they address the needs of teachers and students and help lead them toward success.

How do you help students develop resiliency in your role? Apply this model to your job to see how your responsibilities help make kids successful. We all must play our part—teachers, parents, administrators, coaches, and community leaders—to help kids develop and become resilient.


Comments (2)


September 17, 2013

These tips are good, but I think it is important to be careful in the way we conceptualize resilience. Resilience is not a trait—people don’t have it or not. And we can’t grow resilience; what we are actually encouraging is the development of skills associated with resilience. This is because if you have these skills (goal setting, supportive relationships), but never experience a negative event (when I say negative I am envisioning larger scale such as poverty, abuse, traumatic loss) then it would just be normal positive development.


September 21, 2013

None of these tips are particularly ground-breaking or new, and represent a mere fraction of what an administrator’s job responsibilities are in truth. Thank you for not mentioning test scores and that resiliency is the new miracle cure for improving them.  If you had I’d have to ask why teachers are not typically afforded a resiliency domain in their performance evaluations prior to being fired for the test scores of their students, as is the norm today.

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