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Building Resiliency in Schools

An introductory handbook

  • Of value to anyone wishing to gain an understanding of resiliency and how it may be applied to the lives of individuals, classes, schools and organisations

  • offers a strengths-based approach to student development

  • shows that resiliency-based schools give young people the ability and opportunity to redirect their energies towards achieving success

  • contains teacher activities and the resiliency wheel, which provides a framework for fostering resiliency.

Building Resiliency in Schools: an introductory handbook introduces the concept of resiliency and offers ideas on how it can be immediately applied within the organisation of a school.

The notion of resiliency is based on many years of research and practice. It focuses on the processes of human development and the forces within and outside us as people that promote positive, healthy growth for both individuals and groups, as well as the organisations of which they are a part. It is about connections, hope and possibility.

Resiliency is also a concept that causes us, as educators, to stop and question what we have been doing, and whether we are effective as we could be. In short, it makes us think differently.

Ages: 5-15 | Pages: 32 | Code: 0121 | ISBN: 9781877300103

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Ian Thurlow

Ian Thurlow is a former teacher and principal in primary and intermediate schools. He is an experienced workshop facilitator, and has worked in life skills education as national director for Lions-Quest Life Skills for a number of years. He is currently the School Attendance Officer for Rangiora High School, and is working as a practitioner in the art of energy healing. Ian can be contacted at:

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Jim Peters

Jim Peters is a former secondary school teacher, counsellor and principal. He has had a long association with groups concerned with at-risk youth and was a founding member of the Youth Mentoring Trust. He has been involved with alternative education and with several community and school-based programmes in South Auckland, New Zealand.


How this handbook can help you to build resiliency
What is resiliency?6
Basic resiliency theory
Schools as resiliency builders
Teachers as resiliency builders
Resiliency – in summary
Factors that build resiliency10
Three critical factors
Protective factors in individuals
Activity: the resiliency chart
Protective factors in the environment
Activity: how effective is the school in fostering resiliency?
Activity: how can we build environmental resiliency?
The Resiliency Wheel16
What is the Resiliency Wheel?
Model of the Resiliency Wheel
Steps to fostering resiliency
Activity: applying the Resiliency Wheel
Developing a resiliency building profile21
How to use these profiles
Profile A: School that needs to improve its resiliency building capacity
Profile B: School with a strong resiliency building capacity
Tools for resiliency building24
Four steps to building resiliency
Activity: checklist of your school's resiliency building needs
Activity: a resilient environment for students and staff
Activity: planning for resiliency building in our school
About the authors32