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Building Resiliency in Schools


An introductory handbook

ISBN: 9781877300103
Code: 0121
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  • of value to anyone wishing to gain an understanding of resiliency and how it may be applied to the lives of individuals, classes, schools and organisations
  • offers a strengths-based approach to student development
  • shows that resiliency-based schools give young people the ability and opportunity to redirect their energies towards achieving success
  • contains teacher activities and the resiliency wheel, which provides a framework for fostering resiliency

Building Resiliency in Schools: an introductory handbook introduces the concept of resiliency and offers ideas on how it can be immediately applied within the organisation of a school.

The notion of resiliency is based on many years of research and practice. It focuses on the processes of human development and the forces within and outside us as people that promote positive, healthy growth for both individuals and groups, as well as the organisations of which they are a part. It is about connections, hope and possibility.

Resiliency is also a concept that causes us, as educators, to stop and question what we have been doing, and whether we are effective as we could be. In short, it makes us think differently.

Pages: 32 | Ages: 5-15

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About the Authors

Picture of Ian Thurlow

Ian Thurlow is a former teacher and principal in primary and intermediate schools. He is an experienced workshop facilitator, and has worked in life skills education as national director for Lions-Quest Life Skills for a number of years. He is currently the School Attendance Officer for Rangiora High School, and is working as a practitioner in the art of energy healing. Ian can be contacted at:

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Jim Peters is a former secondary school teacher, counsellor and principal. He has had a long association with groups concerned with at-risk youth and was a founding member of the Youth Mentoring Trust. He has been involved with alternative education and with several community and school-based programmes in South Auckland, New Zealand.