Building Resilient Students: Integrating Resiliency Into What You Already Know and Do

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SAGE Publications, Jun 12, 2002 - Business & Economics - 205 pages
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`At a time when student testing is at an all-time high, Kate Thomsen reminds us that as educators we are in the human potential business. This user-friendly book provides an overview of key educational trends, so teachers can easily incorporate the best of what works' - Rob Bocchino, Co-founder, Heart of Change; Change of Heart Associates Author, Emotional Literacy

The author has written a practical, easy-to-read book full of activities, concrete applications, and real-life examples that teach resiliency and how it can be applied in creating resilient students.

Resiliency is the process of identifying strengths instead of deficits in students and then building on these strengths. Simply put, resiliency is the ability to triumph over adversities. This book analyzes current educational theories in education and how each one contributes to resiliency, enabling teachers to incorporate resiliency into what they already know and do.

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About the author (2002)

Kate Thomsen is the Supervisor of Special Programs for Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Syracuse, New York. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Syracuse University’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling. As part of her responsibilities, she supervises the programs of 40 coun selors in a school-based drug and alcohol abuse prevention program. She frequently offers workshops on resiliency and related topics. Kate is cofounder and cochair of a local coalition, Prevention Partners for Youth Development, which works to integrate youth development principles, especially resiliency and asset development, into all youth services in Onondaga County. A secondary English teacher with a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Syracuse University and a CAS in Educational Administration from State University of New York at Oswego, she has spent her career working in both school and community agency settings. She draws on this experience to offer many ideas and examples for building resiliency in youth.

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