Title

Building a Culture of Resilience and Empowerment for Students, Families, and Schools

First Presenter's Institution

Sapp and Bruce Educational Consultants

Second Presenter's Institution

Sapp and Bruce Educational Consultants

Third Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fourth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fifth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Location

Harborside East & West

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Family & Community

Relevance

Building a culture of resilience and empowerment relates to the "Heart" strand of the conference because a school's overall success of helping children become resilient depends greatly on the daily practices of the adults within the school environment. Resilience and empowerment is directly related to the methods by which schools foster the social and emotional skills of all types of students within the school. The presentation will offer strategies and practices that equip students and families with tools that enable them to be successful within their environments.

Creating a culture of resilience and empowerment also relates to the fifth strand, "Home" because the home, community, and school must all work to be a team ready to help students become resilient in today's world. The second primary focus of our presentation will target activities for the home and community that aide in developing and enhancing student's and families' ability to become resilient and empowered to succeed.

Brief Program Description

In the present world we live in, resiliency is a must for success! This session will show you why all stakeholders must embrace and utilize tools and strategies presented that build resilience in young people. Our topics will encourage school and community leaders to develop empowering environments by uniting with one another in the charge to help children discover the power within themselves to succeed.

Summary

In order to develop a school culture of resiliency, one must first understand the definition and characteristics of resilience. To discuss resiliency, we will help the target audience understand how resiliency impacts students' lives. Participants will know the importance of utilizing the tools and strategies presented to foster the development of resiliency. Methods and resources for teaching resilience in children will be discussed with examples provided that will give attendees practical, hands-on strategies that can easily be implemented in the school, home, and community setting. Our goal is for participants to internalize the importance of having a caring and supportive school environment that promotes a true sense of connection and belonging for all members. This empowering and nurturing environment will help students and staff become more resilient and confident in learning together and meeting challenges throughout their lives.

Evidence

Numerous research studies and information has been presented on resiliency. See below for a list that we will reference in our presentation.

* Making the American Dream a Reality for All Youth: Introduction to the First Issue of the National Youth -At- Risk Journal - Dan W. Rea and Cordelia D. Zinskie

* Promoting Resilience in the Health Promoting School: Health Promotion Schools

* 10 Tips for Building Resilience in Children and Teens: American Psychological Association Help Center

* Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset: George Lucas Educational Foundation

* Schoolwide Methods for Fostering Resiliency: Virginia Smith Harvey

* Child Behaviour: How to Build Resilience in our children: Nathalie Brown

* Easy Peasy Kids Poster on Relience: Easy Peasy Kids

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Sheila E. Sapp has over 35 years experience as an educator and school level administrator. She is currently the principal of a Title I Elementary School in St. Marys, Georgia. Dr. Sapp has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and curriculum director. She is also a published author of two books focusing on home instructional activities and tips and techniques for new school leaders. Working with children and youth has been a lifetime passion for Dr. Sapp since high school. She understands the importance of resiliency and the impact it had on enabling her to overcome barriers and breakthrough glass ceilings.

Dr. Darlene Bruce has over 30 years of educational experience and has worked on the high school and elementary levels throughout her career. She is the former principal of a Title I School of Excellence and is a certified Academic Parent Teacher Team ( APTT) presenter. She currently works with middle school aged children in her local church where she serves as an assistant youth leader. She also understands the benefits of compassionate adult leaders in helping her to become resilient amidst the family crisis's in her young childhood. Dr. Bruce is passionate about all adults in a school embracing the development of resiliency in all children.

Keyword Descriptors

Resilience, Empowerment, Caring and supportive school environments

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

3-7-2017 5:30 PM

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Mar 7th, 4:00 PM Mar 7th, 5:30 PM

Building a Culture of Resilience and Empowerment for Students, Families, and Schools

Harborside East & West

In the present world we live in, resiliency is a must for success! This session will show you why all stakeholders must embrace and utilize tools and strategies presented that build resilience in young people. Our topics will encourage school and community leaders to develop empowering environments by uniting with one another in the charge to help children discover the power within themselves to succeed.