Research led by Boston University Professor V. Scott Solberg has shown that among matched groups of students, resiliency is the key factor in determining why one group succeeds academically while others do not. There are six interrelated resiliency skills that can be measured and taught: Valuing Education. Academic Confidence, Connectedness, Stress Management, Health and Well-Being, and Intrinsic Motivation. And when students’ resiliency increases, their academic performance improves, along with attendance, behavior, and graduation rates, as well as significant improvements in engagement, confidence, perseverance, and postsecondary readiness. Because of research on the powerful impact of improved resiliency, a commitment was made by Oakmont Education’s Liberty High School to improve resiliency by implementing a resiliency pilot program.
Along with our community based partner, YouthBuild Dayton, the resiliency program was boosted by the University of Dayton’s Institute of Applied Creativity and Transformation (IACT). IACT staff provided instructor training, student facilitators, and covered the cost of a micro-credential curriculum which offered students the ability to earn badges in 3 micro-credential areas: Resiliency (includes the capacity to learn from experience and focus on solutions), Initiative (includes self-efficacy and the capacity to identify needs and respond proactively), and Collaboration (includes the capacity to work productively with different individuals and groups toward a common goal). The curriculum for these micro-credentials served as the curriculum for the entire resiliency program.
micro-credentials, resilience, initiative, career tech, high school, credit recovery, 21st Century skills
Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Leadership | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning | Vocational Education
LaDuca, Brian and Farley, Jerry, "Executive Summary Resiliency Pilot Program – Liberty High School with Community Partners: YouthBuild Dayton and University of Dayton" (2022). IACT Reports, Publications and Resources. 1.