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Blog: Friday, September 13th, 2019


The start of the school year is similar to a new calendar year – it feels like a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to set some goals and make some plans - school year’s resolutions maybe? New Year’s resolutions commonly focus on personal health – exercising more, eating healthier, getting more sleep. What if our school year’s resolutions were also about our resilience? For ourselves, our colleagues, and our students.

I learned something from a presentation by Michael Ungar recently that I am finding really helpful for me – as an employee and as a parent.  It’s that resilience, the ability to bounce back from challenges, is not just about positive thinking and it’s not just about what I am capable of on my own. There are many different strategies and resources that we can tap into. For example, structure, routines, purpose, accountability, relationships, a sense of control, a sense of belonging.

What if we gave it some thought and put things in place, proactively, to maintain our resilience throughout the year? Especially during those particularly frantic times like right before Christmas and the end of the school year. And what if we recognized that we don’t need to do it all on our own?

So this school year, in addition to setting some goals for what I would like to accomplish and mapping out the family schedule, I am going to try out some new ways of maintaining my resilience. I’m going to think about the resources I already have in my life and what I need more of, I’m going to commit to asking for help when I need it, and I’m going to think about how I can support the people I work with so we can value our accomplishments AND the journey.

Learn more about Michael Ungar’s work:

Associate Superintendent, Human Resources