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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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September 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Akin Akinniyi

September 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Akin Akinniyi
While Akin Akinniyi, better known as "Mr. A" at Villa de Paz Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ, describes his experiences growing up as "blessed," it is clear he understands and the hardships faced by students in his community. "My mission, in partnership with school educators, families, and community members, is to support students by providing a c...
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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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July 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Lourdes Baker

July 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Lourdes Baker
"Coming from a family of twelve siblings, life has been anything but easy. But the will to survive, excel, and succeed in life has been a self-instilled discipline that has taught her the biggest lesson: Resilience. This was what she would need to survive. This was and is the key to her success. Imagine moving from the comfort of familiarity, Mexi...
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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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June 2016 Resilience in Action Award: John Robertson

June 2016 Resilience in Action Award: John Robertson
"Resilience means making a delicious meal with whatever you have in the fridge." “[Resilience] means finding a way - no matter what you lack – to accomplish your goals. Resilience means making a delicious meal with whatever you have in the fridge,” responds WhyTry’s June 2016 Resilience in Action Award recipient, John Robertson, when asked what res...
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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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April 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Daniel Vazquez

April 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Daniel Vazquez
With a median household income of just over $28,000, Dade City, FL, students struggle with unique economic and social/emotional challenges. To help facilitate learning in this environment, Daniel Vazquez, a counselor and member of the Student Support Team, provides basic needs for Lacoochee Elementary School students. From clothing and transportati...
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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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February 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Jennifer Davis

February 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Jennifer Davis
  For a child, watching a parent go to prison can create a sense of isolation and trauma that doesn’t go away without help. So, with these children in mind, help is just what the New Hope Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma is offering. New Hope got started when members of the Episcopal Church learned, while visiting a local prison, that the greatest co...
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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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Ask A Trainer: How Can WhyTry be Used in a Multi-Cultural Setting?

Ask A Trainer: How Can WhyTry be Used in a Multi-Cultural Setting?
WhyTry Training Consultant Gina Purcell answers the question: How can WhyTry be used in a Multi-Cultural Setting? One of the best things about WhyTry is that it is incredibly adaptable. Not only can you adapt the lessons to different age groups, you can also adapt it to different settings. This adaptation makes it easier for the kids to understand...
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Ask A Trainer: WhyTry Corrections and Implementation in Justice System Settings

Ask A Trainer: WhyTry Corrections and Implementation in Justice System Settings
WhyTry trainer Dave Murray addresses how WhyTry can be implemented in Corrections: I was first introduced to the WhyTry program in 2002.  At that time I had been a Juvenile Probation Officer for 14 years.  When I saw the visual metaphors used and key concepts emphasized in WhyTry, I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to u...
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