Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Academic Resiliency: The missing variable in the student success equation.

Academic Resiliency is relevant to classroom and special education teachers, school counselors, directors of student support programs and anyone who wants to increase student achievement and persistence for under achieving students. "Academic resilience" occurs when there are cumulative "protective factors" internalized and/or practiced by the student. Academic Resilience is not a single skill, or process, it is a combination of skills, or understanding of processes. Academic Resiliency comes before content mastery not the other way around. If you provide remediation that is only based on academic skills development, students that lack academic resiliency fail to fully take advantage of the skill development being provided because of the lack of coping skills for success in an academic setting. Academic Resiliency is quantifiable and must be developed for struggling students through specific targeted strategies.

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