Three ingredients for success
Episode Summary: Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with principal David Friedli about resiliency from the standpoint of how a balanced approach of high expectations, caring and support, and opportunities to participate can enhance student achievement, reduce student discipline, and increase positive character attributes. They discuss resiliency research, the characteristics of resilient youth, and what this quality looks like in schools. In addition, Mr. Friedli offers practical suggestions for establishing staff buy-in to all three components of this comprehensive approach, which discipline strategies are most effective within this framework, and how to use data or results to establish and reinforce the effectiveness of these strategies. Right-click on this link to download a copy of this mp3 file to your hard drive, or click on the bar below to listen.
Program Notes: Click here for a PDF handout with information and a list of resources related to this topic.
David Friedli is the school principal who swore he would never be a school administrator. A teacher and coach for eleven years, it was his nine years of directing a state-wide prevention program that inspired a vision of how a school could be organized around the resiliency research of Dr. Emmy Werner. His ten-year experience on one of Nebraska’s Native American reservations and the past three years at a rural district provide numerous examples of how this approach can work regardless of the setting in which it is implemented.
This program was recorded on September 13, 2012. The content is also available on the Energize Students Web site.
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