We Are Resilient™ for Educators

We Are Resilient™

  • Helps educators manage stress by strengthening their resilience, especially during COVID-19 uncertainties, and the challenges of distance learning.
  • Helps to mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue of the profession.
  • Defines resilience in a meaningful way and connects Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to personal resilience, relational resilience, and group resilience.
  • Transform ACEs and trauma awareness into a source of healing, normalizing the formative stressors of life.
  • Identifies common reactionary patterns and gives skills to help you move from reactivity to choice.
    Provides a common language to strengthen communication and greater self awareness
“I found it valuable to learn new content related to my own self development. I also appreciated getting to share with colleagues and hearing their thoughts. I liked the model of the circle. This made the circle feel like a place where everyone’s contributions were important and allowed us all to think critically about the material.”

The We Are Resilient™ Approach

We Are Resilient™ offers simple, effective, and research-based skills that help school administrators, teachers and staff members cope with stress and develop a stronger team.These skills help us Center, Connect, and Collaborate. To use Resilience Skills most effectively, we also have to develop an awareness of both our Protective Patterns — which inform how we react to the world, and our Cultural Patterns — which inform how we view the world.

Step 1: Develop Awareness of Our Patterns

Noticing our Cultural Patterns

When Connecting or Collaborating, we are more effective with strong Cultural Resilience. We acknowledge our Cultural Patterns that have been passed down through the generations, as well as seek to understand the patterns of others. Cultural
Patterns can be:
  • Helpful in navigating our world
  • Sources of strength, belonging, and celebration
  • Perpetuating racism and discrimination
  • Assessed for each situation: Is my judgment helping or making it worse?

Noticing our Protective Patterns

Protective Patterns
When facing a challenge, our initial response can be a common pattern of reactive resilience. These default reactions can be:
• Normal under stress
• Developed as protective mechanism
• Helpful in certain circumstances
• Limiting for us
• Assessed for each situation: Is my reaction helping or making it worse?

Step 2: Choose Resilience Skills

Skills for Centering Myself

Centering Skills
When facing a challenge, we can choose our Centering Skills to mindfully engage our Personal Resilience. These skills can:
  • Restore inner balance
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Reduce negative thoughts
  • Enable focus on the present
  • Support pursuit of goals

Skills for Connecting with Others

Connecting Skills
When a relationship is experiencing difficulties, we can choose our Connecting Skills to grow our Relational Resilience. These skills can:
  • Create safety, trust, and belonging
  • Enable an open mind and curiosity
  • Reduce blame, judgement, and bias
  • Encourage equity

Skills for Collaborating Together

Collaborating Skills
When a group is not working well together, we can choose our Collaborating Skills to strengthen Group Resilience. These skills can:
  • Foster a shared vision
  • Honor contributions of all
  • Encourage healthy boundaries
  • Create shared accountability
  • Support pursuit of common goals