Building Resiliency:

What is Resiliency?

Students, parents and staff need to know that resiliency encompasses our academic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical well being. We believe that all learners: have strengths, talents and gifts, have the capacity to meet challenges, can adapt to change, require time, require support of the broader community. (Student Development Steering Committee, April 2008)

As a person is impacted and strengthens the extrinsic developmental factors (those categories on the outside of the resiliency wheel below), the instrinsic factors (inside the wheel) build resilient capacity.

"Resilience is not (just) a collection of traits, but a process that builds...over time...some traits may be somewhat inborn, but many of them can be learned and thus promoted." Gina O'Connell Higgins

"Resilience is the process of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences. Resilient people overcome adversity, bounce back from setbacks, and can thrive under extreme, on-going pressure without acting in dysfunctional or harmful ways. The most resilient people recover from traumatic experiences stronger, better, and wiser."                                                                                                                                                           Siebert, Al , 2007

“The process of resiliency development is, in fact, the process of life, given that all people must overcome stress and trauma and disruption in the process of living.”         Henderson, Nan.(2003).Resiliency in Schools., pg 4

Resilience is ."an innate self-righting capacity that all human beings possess." Bonnie Bernard

"The reason some individuals succeed when faced with risks and adversity is resiliency." Wayne Hammond

“Schools can embody both the environmental conditions that foster resilient reactions to immediate circumstances and the educational approaches, prevention and intervention programs, and appropriate curricula to develop individual, internal protective factors.”        Henderson, Nan.( 2003)Resiliency in Schools., pg 8