Resilient Schools & Kids

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Much of the media coverage about our schools today talks about “America’s Failing Education System” and the United States has fallen in global rankings on education. Resilience is our ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult situations. What are the right questions to be asking our educators and administrators that will improve resiliency in our schools? And subsequently in our children? In this conversation, we explore the qualities of resilience, the impact of schools on our communities and how we can improve.


Rounds/Questions: The Living Room Conversation Starts Here
A Living Room Conversation flows through 5 rounds of questions and the closing. During some rounds, each question will be addressed. In other rounds, the multiple questions are intended as conversation starters and you need only respond to the one or two that matter the most to you. In the event the conversation wanders off track, we will refer to this Conversation Guide to get it back on track.

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?
● What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Core Values
Answer one or more of the following:
What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
● What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
● What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country now and long-term?

Round Three: Resilient Schools and Resilient Children
Resilience is our ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult situations. Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer one or more of the following questions:.
● When have you experienced resilience in your life? Or observed it in others?
● Do you think our local, public education system encourages resilience? What is your experience that supports your thinking?
● What part of your education or growing up, best prepared you for being a contributing adult?
● How do we increase our social and emotional intelligence?

Round Four: Reflection
Answer one or more of the following questions:
● In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
● What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
● Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps
Answer both of the following questions:
● What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
● Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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