Fostering Resilience at School

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Resilience is a process of adapting positively to lasting adversity and is strengthened through safe, stable, and nurturing environments. For youth, it can reduce the effects of adverse experiences. Youth can build resilience by learning how to develop and strengthen socio-emotional skills when faced with a challenge. A key place to foster resilience is in schools where so much of a child’s academic and social learning takes place.

How well are California schools fostering resilience among youth? In 2013-2015, about 25% of school staff in elementary and middle schools reported that resilience is fostered a lot at school, compared with 21% of high school staff and 35% of staff in non-traditional schools. These percentages increase substantially when including the staff who reported that resilience is fostered “some” at school (e.g., 78% of elementary school staff report that resilience is fostered some or a lot at school), however fostering resilience at school some does a disservice to youth who may need support the most. Youth will benefit throughout their lives from a school environment where the skills to build resilience are fostered a lot.

This data release is a part of Kidsdata’s Youth in Schools series. In partnership with WestEd, we are featuring data from the California Department of Education’s California Healthy Kids Survey.

Data in Action

Data Briefing: New Data on Youth in Schools
Thursday, November 8 at 10 am PST

Join us for a 30-minute webinar on our newest suite of data. Learn how the largest statewide surveys of school climate, risk behaviors, and protective factors in the nation informs us of how children are faring in California. We will also provide an overview of how to access the data. Audience questions are highly encouraged. Register.

Start A Conversation in Your Community on Adverse Childhood Experiences
Ariane Marie-Mitchell, a professor from Loma Linda University in Claremont, CA, helped start a conversation on the lack of trauma-informed schools in her community. Using data on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) from, she highlighted the importance of building resilient schools to schools staff, parents, and school board members.

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