Resilience in Children and Youth: Promising Practices from
Canada’s Outstanding Principals™
Best Practices in Canadian Schools
"…resilience is very much about our capacity to navigate and our ability as a community to provide what hildren need in ways that make sense to them. The better children are at negotiating for what they need, he more likely they will make use of what they are provided. If I’ve learned anything from educators across Canada it’s that building the capacity for resilience among children is possible.”
– Dr. Michael Ungar, Ph.D, Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University.
This resource was developed with Canada’s Outstanding Principals™ 2011 and members of the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals. Over 40 principals from across the country contributed by providing examples of resilience based initiatives within their schools. Research shows that there are many ways that schools can promote resilience. Dr. Michael Ungar’s criteria for a Resilience Promoting School was used as a framework when describing resilience programs and initiatives.
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