* Build strong relationships and create a safe space to enable students to learn at high levels.* Adopt a strengths-based approach that leads you to recalibrate how you view destructive student behaviors and to perceive what students need to break negative cycles.* Head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help you and your students flourish.Each chapter also includes questions and exercises to encourage reflection and extension of the ideas in this book. As an educator, you face the impact of trauma in the classroom every day. Let this book be your guide to seeking solutions rather than dwelling on problems, to building relationships that allow students to grow, thrive, andmost assuredlylearn at high levels.
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About the Author
Pete Hall currently serves as a speaker, an author, and a professional development agent for schools and districts across the globe. A former teacher and veteran school principal, Pete is the author of more than a dozen articles on school leadership and five books, including Building Teachers' Capacity for Success (ASCD, 2008), Teach, Reflect, Learn (ASCD, 2015), and The Principal Influence (ASCD, 2015).
Table of Contents
Foreword by Chris Blodgett
Part I: Trauma
1. Understanding Trauma and the Prevalence of the Not-OK
2. The Manifestation of ACEs in the Classroom
Part II: Self-Awareness
3. Cement Shoes: Staying True to Who You Are
4. Stay Out of Oz: Remaining Grounded Amid Chaos
5. When in Doubt, Shut Your Mouth and Take a Breath
6. It's Not About You
Part III: Relationship
7. No One Said Relationship Is Easy
8. The Power of Relationship
9. Names, Labels, and the Need for Control
10. Doors and Windows: Remembering to Explore All Options
Part IV: Belief
11. Forever Changed, Not Forever Damaged
12. It's OK to Be Not-OK
13. Don't Let Fear Drive the Bus
Part V: Live, Laugh, Love
15. The Cookie Jar: The Art of Giving Praise (and Self-Praise)
16. The Self-Care Challenge
Appendix: Additional Resources
About the Authors
Related ASCD Resources
What People are Saying About This
As a school counselor for the last 20 years, I am so grateful for this book! Kristin has served trauma-impacted children and families throughout her career and has incredibly effective ways of sharing all that she has learned. I am a stronger counselor and more effective leader in my building due to her influence. I am so excited that through this book, more people will be inspired to learn and grow in the important work of serving kids and families affected by trauma.
The effects of chronic stress and adversity on children's learning, development, and behavior have been well documented in the literature over the past two decades. Kristin Souers not only is an expert and innovator in the field but also has a knack for translating the research into effective practice for children and adults alike. Fostering Resilient Learners is an excellent, practical resource for all adults working with and inside education systems, and I highly recommend it to better understand the needs of the whole child and to create the foundation for all students' learning and success.
The information, strategies, and support that this book offers are what we need in our profession to truly leave no children behind. In implementing these strategies, you will shift your focus from reacting to negative student behavior to explaining and preventing negative student behavior. Once you can prevent getting "sucked into Oz," you can achieve all your goals for staff and students.