Definitions

Educational Resiliency describes school communities that foster resilient assets in its children, and in the adults who share the responsibility for raising them. School communities that cultivate resiliency are those that fully comprehend the sources of stress and trauma and sources of resilience, and implement intentional, responsive practices that promote identities of agency and hope.

Circles of Practice bring about hard-to-attain, high-quality collaboration to approach pressing challenges, as well as day-to-day dialogue and creativity. Members of a circle of practice engage their diversity, develop common values, work towards shared goals. Circles of practice approach pressing challenges with courageous dialogue and creativity, then lead their school communities to embrace change.

Community Schools are effective and sustainable partnerships that bring cultural, social, and health resources into the enterprise of creating new, progressive school communities. Community schools provide the structures and relationships within which adults support children’s optimal development, seek shared results and foster educational resilience.

Community Teachers are urban educators who are collaborative learners, deeply engaged with their students’ culture and community. Through trauma-sensitive, culturally-grounded practices and relationships, they support healthy development, focus on identity, and use knowledge of their students’ lives to provide engaging environments for active learning.