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Fostering Resilience

Fostering Resilience
Expecting All Students to Use Their Minds and Hearts Well

Second Edition

February 2008 | 240 pages | Corwin
The author defines resilient schools as being focused on the protective factors that foster resilience for its members and are the key to student achievement: caring, high expectations and purposeful support, and ongoing opportunities for meaningful participation. This second edition of Fostering Resiliency: Expecting All Students to Use Their Minds and Hearts Well describes what actual resiliency-building schools look and feel like, and shows school leaders how they can create proactive, systemic school redesign. Based on case studies of schools that are incredibly successful despite various disadvantages, this book offers stories of schools that are 'fighting for their students' hearts and souls' and illustrates how school leaders can translate ideas and goals into a plan to build a resilient learning community in their schools. This new edition features an added case study, revisits the schools that were described in the first edition, and describes how some schools stayed on track, how others veered off track and then got back on, and how still others are fighting their way back to the top. Throughout the book the author discusses common themes:ácaring about, respecting, and really knowing both students and staff; teacher empowerment; family involvement; and the use of alternative means of assessment that allow students to show what they have learned and to take pride in their accomplishments.
About the Author
1. Whatever Happened to That Old Gang of Mine?

Whatever Happened to That Old Gang of Theirs?

Moving From Risk to Resilience

What Is This Resilience Stuff?

Does the Presence of These Protective Factors Relate to Student Learning?

Where Do We Go From Here?

Case Study: Anzar High School

2. Prerequisites: First Things First
First Things First: The Head

The Right Leg: Collegiality

The Left Leg: Professionalism

The Arms: Managing and Leading Change

The Heart: Resilience

Case Study: Oak Grove School District

3. What's in It for Me?

Intellectual Stimulation



Increased Job Satisfaction

Shared Ownership and Leadership


What Does It Look Like?

Why Me?

What Do I Do First?

Will There Be Public Schools in the Twenty-First Century?

Case Study: Two Oak Grove Schools

4. I Care, You Care, We All Care - But How Do Students Know?
What Would a School Look Like Whose Culture Is Centered on Caring?

What Would Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Be Like in a School That Is Centered on Caring?

What Do Teacher and Administrator Roles Look Like in a School Focused on Caring?

Case Study: Rosemary School and Cezar Chavez School

5. Providing High Expectations and Purposeful Support
Taking the Easy Way Out

High Expectations: Focus on Literacy

High Expectations: Habits of Mind

What Gets in the Way?

What Else Gets in the Way?

High Expectations Mean Believing That All Students Are Capable of Using Their Minds and Hearts Well

Purposeful Support

What Would a School Look Like Whose Culture Is Centered on High Expectations and Purposeful Support?

What Would Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Be Like in a School That Is Designed to Foster High Expectations and Purposeful Support for All Students?

What Do Teacher and Administrator Roles Look Like in Such a School?

Once Again, Does It Matter Which School a Child Attends?

Case Study: Alum Rock Small Schools of Choice

6. I Value Your Participation: Now Sit Down and Shut Up
Participation as the Third Protective Factor

What Would a School Look Like Whose Culture Is Centered on Meaningful Participation by All Students?

What Would Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Be Like in a School That Is Designed to Foster Meaningful Participation by All Students?

More Details on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

What Do Teacher and Administrator Roles Look Like in Such a School?

Case Study: Homestead High School

7. Managing Change: On Your Mark, Get Set, Are You Ready to Go?
What We Do Know About Change

What We Can Do With What We Know

The Section You've All Been Waiting for: What About All the Resistance?

A Final Word

Case Study: Mission Hill Middle School

8. Marty Krovetz's Top 10 List of Commonly Asked Questions About Resilience
Question 10: Our staff is very congenial, and we are known for how caring we are with students. Aren't we doing resilience already?

Question 9: How can what happens in my classroom or in my school overcome the problems my students encounter outside of school?

Question 8: What is the role of the district office in fostering resilience?

Question 7: How do we coach our principal so that she sees the building of a resilient learning community as a priority?

Question 6: How can we create change in individual teachers about attitudes and expectations towards certain groups of students such as Title l, English Language Learning, migrant, special education?

Question 5: How do you get a mature staff that has a history of mistrust and private practice to talk with each other about fostering resilience?

Question 4: How will we know we are succeeding in fostering resilience? What measures would we use? Who would we use them with? When would we use them?

Question 3: Should we teach students about resilience and help them understand how to foster resilience in themselves?

Question 2: Given the pressure of NCLB, how do we find time and resources to foster resilience?

Question l: I am exhausted. How do I foster resilience for myself?

9. A Final Word or Two

"A practical yet thought-provoking reminder that the way adults interact with each other and with kids plays a critical role in helping all students achieve. The research and the case studies make this book a must-read for all who care about schools."

Kathy Gomez, Director of Educational Services
Evergreen School District, San Jose, CA

"This is one of the best books about resilience for practitioners in education."

Sara Truebridge, Research Associate

"This book offers clear, practical advice and lessons derived from firsthand accounts of schools that model quality school improvement practices. The examples cover different levels and are drawn from demographically diverse schools."

Jerry Patterson, Professor of Educational Leadership
University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Administrators and teacher leaders mired in performance funding and teaching to the test need to study Krovetz’s volume on how excellent schools with caring, collaborative, and challenging cultures build self-efficacy and resilience in students with diverse abilities and social backgrounds."

James R. Bean, Professor of Leadership Studies
Lock Haven University

"Krovetz provides educators with a guide—based on real schools and real educators—for making the principle-based, systematic changes that can transform schools from the inside out, moving them from cultures of risk to resilient learning communities that not only help all children succeed, but help them become confident, competent, and caring citizens as well."

Bonnie Benard, Senior Program Associate

“Embraces a global audience of principals and leading teachers. Now in its second edition, the text aspires to facilitate resilient learning communities via the understanding and application of four emotive elements: care for students; high expectations; substantive support and participation. Revisiting previous research and observational case studies, Krovetz illustrates the power of resilience in students and their respective learning environment. This book works to renew and strengthen learning communities, not re-define them.”

Bendigo Weekly, February 2008

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