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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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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Implementing WhyTry as a Tier 3 Intervention

Implementing WhyTry as a Tier 3 Intervention
WhyTry can be implemented in a variety of different school settings and systems. Using the WhyTry program in as a Tier 3 intervention under the Response to Intervention (RTI) model can be extremely effective. It can be especially beneficial for teachers, counselors, social worker, and school psychologists. Using WhyTry in these one on one setting a...
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Teen Suicide: Fighting the Unthinkable Battle

Teen Suicide: Fighting the Unthinkable Battle
For family, friends, and a community, the loss of a loved one is tragic and devastating. But perhaps the most devastating of all loss, is the one that might have been avoided. This last week Langley High School, located in Fairfax county Virginia, lost two students to suicide. The tragic events left the community grieving and searching for answers...
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