Increasing Student and Staff Resilience

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Schools function best when students and teachers are happy and healthy. Unfortunately there are many factors that can harm the social-emotional health of kids and adults.

More than 2 in 5 children have dealt with at least one adverse childhood experience in their lifetime, which can influence their overall development, impact their ability to learn, and put them at increased risk for obesity and other chronic health conditions.

Though educators come to work every day striving to do the best for their students, increased demands with fewer resources can unnecessarily drive quality educators away from the profession altogether.

The good news is, schools and districts can play a vital role in partnering with staff and the community to reduce teacher burnout and foster the development of confident, happy kids who can excel in the classroom and in life.

This is what a resilient school is all about.

Focusing on resilience—in both students and staff—allows teachers and students to better manage emotions, recognize strengths and weaknesses, and rise above adversity. A safe and supportive school can increase students’ academic performance as well as job satisfaction and performance in adults.

Healthier Generation, together with Kaiser Permanente’s Resilience in School Environment (RISE) Initiative, is increasing student and staff resilience by helping schools:

  • Increase staff job satisfaction, including reducing staff stress  

  • Improve safety, connectedness, and relationships among students and staff 

  • Boost student and staff social-emotional learning  

  • Increase efficiency and effectiveness of mental health support systems  

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