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Resilient kids are more likely to have

Resilient kids are less likely to have:

Ability to positivity navigate life’s challenges 
Positive, long-term friendships 
Healthy relationships with family 
Strong connections in the community 
Healthy ways of coping with stress 
Success at school 
Enhanced community citizenship 

Volunteering experience



Being overwhelmed by challenges
Substance abuse & other risk taking behaviors
Negative social/peer interactions
Social isolation and exclusion
Problems at school (i.e. poor grades, skipping,
suspensions, dropping out)
Mentral health concerns


Strengths-based school cultures promote significantly:

Higher staff retention/decreased staff turnover
Greater student achievement
Higher student attendance
Lower classroom exclusions
Fewer student expulsions
Less student suspensions
Reduced vandalism


Why Focus on Student Resilience and a Strengths-Based School Culture

Resilience is a true, proven panacea that insulates children and adults from the effects of adversity while providing a solid foundation for a lifetime of health and success… regardless of circumstance.  

3. Resources

In order to accomplish the goals of establishing a ‘Strengths-Based School Culture’, our research shows that this work needs to be supported in the home. As such, in addition to the services and deliverables listed above, Onboard Initiatives proposes to offer (at no additional cost to the District):
Springboard Parenting (Optional): A parent’s resource for raising resilient, healthy kids. This on-line program guides parents in assessing their children’s resilience, building on strengths and addressing challenge areas that lead to lifelong success. 
Strengths-Based Parenting Publications (Optional): The District will gain access to a growing list of publications such as our Newsletters, Articles, White papers, Webinars and more as they become available. These documents and resources can be used at the discretion of the District and it’s partners (Mental Health practitioners, Parent Councils, Community Agencies, etc.). 


Promoting Student Success Through Resiliency (10 Module Strengths-Based Learning Series 1.5 hours each): 
The learning series is facilitated by the Principal, designate/school champion and includes 10-hours of multimedia, including videos, practical application-based articles, tools, activities, action planning segments as well as additional resources. The Learning Series comes with instruction and support to ensure that school leaders have everything they need to facilitate the series. 
Audience: Teachers, support staff, clerical and other staff
  • One stop, guided professional development resource for busy school leaders 
  • Quick and cost-effective way to develop the mindset and key leadership skills that are the foundation of a strengths-based school culture.
  • Can be facilitated sequentially during regularly scheduled lunch and learn meetings, Professional Development days or staff meetings or as a full two day training or retreat.
Thriving Mindset Training (full day): 
Audience: District Leaders, Principals and school champions
  • Provides participants with a deep understanding and practice of the most effective mental orientation that leads to excellence in leadership and personal and professional success.
Thriving School Culture Webinar Series (1.5 hours/school month): 
Audience: Principals, designates and school champions 
  • Provides a practical learning topic, question and answer period and feedback opportunity that deepens participant learning and engagement.



The scientifically validated Resiliency: Assessing Developmental Strengths questionnaire (R:ADS) is an online survey which will assess student engagement, resiliency, character, school culture and other outcome indicators important to your school. 


1. Survey

2. Results

Once the survey is completed, access to the results will be immediate.
School Resiliency Reports: The school-site specific reports are designed to guide School Principals and leadership through their schools’ Resiliency data. The reports, when combined with the training outlined above, will provide the roadmap toward Strengths-Based School Culture in your schools/district. 
School Board/Division Reports: The school board reports are aggregate reports that are designed to guide Superintendents and designates through their school boards’ Resiliency data. Along with the outstanding training and resources provided, you will be supported to achieve the objectives important to you in a way that maximizes results and minimizes effort and cost (by modifying how some time is currently being spent).


3. Strategies

Onboard Education provides proven strategies to help you and your team realize success. We guide you through an exploratory process and professional strategies to help staff and students to embrace the idea of building resilience and a culture of strengths that supports learning and character development. 



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