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An Online Resource, NOT An Online Social Emotional Learning Program

An Online Resource, NOT An Online Social Emotional Learning Program
First, we want to say that EVERY social emotional learning effort made by schools and communities is important. Research has shown that students who have vital resilience skills perform better in school and are more capable of achieving their goals. However, we also believe the best chance students have to succeed is with a strong support system en...
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Parent Guide & More: 5 WhyTry Ventures You Don’t Want to Miss in 2017

Parent Guide & More: 5 WhyTry Ventures You Don’t Want to Miss in 2017
2017 is OUR year, and we want you to be a part of it! While we have already established ourselves as the World Leader in Academic Resilience, we truly believe resilience is for everyone - which means we have a lot of work to do.  Now is the time to get involved in these five amazing WhyTry ventures:   1.     Resilience...
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December 2016 Resilience in Action Award - Dr. Laura Owen

December 2016 Resilience in Action Award - Dr. Laura Owen
Dr. Laura Owen, a research professor at American University, focuses on evaluating the impact of interventions and initiatives designed to address the persistent equity and access issues that so many students across the country face. Dr. Owen is the co-leader of the SDSU White House Convening, a partnership of the White House’s College Opportunity ...
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January 2017 Resilience in Action Award - Kimberly Boyd

January 2017 Resilience in Action Award - Kimberly Boyd
“What are we going to do with you – throw you in the trash can? Are you ever going to amount to anything?” While many others facing these questions would shut down, young Kimberly Boyd made a choice. I know for a fact I’m going to become something.  She absolutely has. As owner and clinical director for one of Houston’s largest private practic...
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Christian Moore Attends the 5th National White House Convening at American University

Christian Moore Attends the 5th National White House Convening at American University
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of presenting at the 5th National White House Convening at American University in Washington, D.C.  In two whirlwind days, my colleagues and I heard from experts like Secretary of Education John King, Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff Tina Tchen, Bill Mendoza, Executive Director of the White House ...
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November 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Callan Clark

It was nearly 20 years ago that Colorado Native Callan Clark became a school psychologist and began to fall in love with the idea of social-emotional education – focusing on the whole child and working to meet the needs of every student – not just those who were struggling on the surface. It’s this same attentiveness to student success that has led...
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October 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Richard K. Thompson

October 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Richard K. Thompson
"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." This quote from Invictus by William Ernest Henley covers the walls, papers, and virtual classrooms of the Swartz Creek Academy, a non-traditional education platform where students come to personify the phrase. "It is our ethos, if you will," says October 2016 Resilience in Action ...
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More Than An Educator - An Important Reminder from Students In Need

More Than An Educator - An Important Reminder from Students In Need
As the new school year begins, we as educators feel a driving need to engage our students by almost any means necessary. We feel pressure to find new activities, establish a working relationship, meet common assessment requirements, continue our PD - the list goes on and on. By Christmas, this enthusiasm has likely faded, leaving behind educators t...
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3 Creative Tips for Getting Students Excited Before the School Year Begins

3 Creative Tips for Getting Students Excited Before the School Year Begins
While you may be dreading the return of school this fall, chances are your students haven't even thought about it. This makes for a great opportunity for you! Are you ready to get them - and yourself - excited about the upcoming school year? These 3 creative tips will help you raise the energy level in your future students from the comfort of ...
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Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers - and the Defense Mechanisms We Use

Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers - and the Defense Mechanisms We Use
Working with youth isn't always easy. As children begin to test their boundaries, challenging our authority and expanding their understanding of themselves, they can absolutely push us to our limits. This can lead to stress, anger, depression, and disengagement in educators. By letting our emotions get to us and reacting negativ...
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Ending it Practically: Child Hunger in America

Ending it Practically: Child Hunger in America
The United Way of Dallas is currently running a campaign called Silence The Hunger, a movement to encourage Texas residents to help hungry children in the area. As summer approaches, many other charities across the U.S. have also begun strongly championing the message of "feeding America's youth."   It is well known that roughly "15....
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May 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Tom McCollum

May 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Tom McCollum
“The WhyTry Program became their security blanket.”   Near Oxnard, California, resides an educator who has helped thousands of students achieve academic and life-long success. Though recently retired, Tom McCollum continues to be a strong advocate and resource for students.  McCollum believes “every student should see him or herself ...
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Bringing Nature to the Classroom

Bringing Nature to the Classroom
Spring is in full force, and your students are getting restless. They are tired of the white walls and hard desks - they need a new stimulus. One of the best ways to re-engage students and get them excited is to bring nature to the classroom. By incorporating nature with each of the five senses, you breathe new life into a stale, end-of-the-sc...
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Preparing to Implement an SEL Program? 4 Strategies to Consider

Preparing to Implement an SEL Program? 4 Strategies to Consider
It takes months of planning to fully implement an SEL program at a school or district.  This is commonly due to funding hurdles, confusion on integration strategies, and a need to identify students and teachers who will participate in the program. Sometimes, there is resistance from staff members who feel burdened by the upcomin...
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Guest Blogger: Nancy Montoya Spices Up Elementary Lessons by Turning WhyTry Into An Online Game

Guest Blogger: Nancy Montoya Spices Up Elementary Lessons by Turning WhyTry Into An Online Game
"When the principal at our Title I school asked me to look into a program that dealt with student resilience, I was lucky to find ‘Why Try," a curriculum for 4th and 5th grade students.  I have been co-teaching this program for the past two years with my colleague. Our student body faces significant poverty and struggles with the beh...
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Goal Setting In SEL: Providing Clear Examples of How To Succeed

Goal Setting In SEL: Providing Clear Examples of How To Succeed
An important theme in RTI and social-emotional learning programs like WhyTry is the idea of providing students with clear examples of how to succeed. Students who fall into the Tier 2 and 3 categories often do not have a support system that encourages them to better themselves, and we must help them achieve the growth-mindset that will lead to over...
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Involve Parents in the WhyTry Program: 3 Tips To Get You Started

Involve Parents in the WhyTry Program: 3 Tips To Get You Started
If you are implementing the WhyTry program, you may be wondering if you can or should involve parents in the resilience education of their children. While this takes considerable deliberation and observance on your part, there are some effective, positive ways to encourage parents to participate in the education of their child as they move thr...
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Peoria High School Featured in World News Report

Peoria High School Featured in World News Report
WhyTry School, Peoria High School, and Principal Brett Elliot have been are receiving national attention for the positive changes they are seeing within their halls and classrooms. The World News Report features the Peoria Lions in an article addressing discipline changes happening nationwide. Elliot and his staff are congratul...
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What Malala Yousafzai Can Teach Us About Street Resilience

What Malala Yousafzai Can Teach Us About Street Resilience
In October of 2014 Malala Yousafzai became, at the age of 17, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. “Malala” has quickly become one of the most recognized names and faces in the world. She is the center of a worldwide movement for child education and an inspiration to many. But what has made Malala into the icon she is? Malala Yousafzai be...
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Guest Blogger: Making WhyTry Work For You

Guest Blogger: Making WhyTry Work For You
One of the great things about the WhyTry program is its versatility.  The program was designed to be adapted and changed in order to meet the unique and diverse needs of students around the world.  Tom McCollum, of Oxnard, California, shared with us a little of how he was able to not only adapt the WhyTry Program for his students, b...
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