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Creating Healthy Classrooms that Encourage Learning

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Resilient classrooms

This guide, developed by experts in child development and school psychology, presents educators with classroom-based strategies for supporting student’s psychological well-being and academic success. Key aspects of resilient classrooms are described and illustrated with engaging case studies showing how the strategies have been used by educators in their actual teaching practice. In addition to activities for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9, this resource guide also includes the “Classmaps Survey”, a tool for assessing critical elements of resilient classrooms, with accompanying worksheets that assist educators in linking assessment data to existing interventions, identifying new interventions to target gaps in skills, and tracking changes in classroom resiliency over time. This guide would be useful for teachers who have been integrating social-emotional learning into their practice for some time, as well as those who are just beginning to investigate ways to foster greater student resiliency in their classrooms.

Dr. Beth Doll is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of School Psychology in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Katherine Brehm is a practicing school psychologist with experience in the Ysleta Independent School District (Texas) and Denver Public Schools (Colorado). Dr. Steven Zucker is a private consultant in school psychology in Denver, Colarado.

Doll, B., Brehm, K. & Zucker, S. (2014). Resilient classrooms: Creating healthy environments for learning. New York: Guilford Press.