International Dialogue on Resilience: Promising Practices for School Systems (2009)

Dialogue Proceedings

This document outlines the work of an international gathering of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from Canada, Germany, Australia, and the United States, who met in Ottawa, Ontario, in late 2009 to discuss practical approaches to promoting resilience in children and youth as learners.

Presentations by researchers and practitioners during the dialogue emphasized the significant role of schools, teachers, communities, and families in fostering resilience in children and youth at risk. Besides the significant role of each individual system, the importance lies in collaboration and constructive communication between those systems. For instance, parents need to be included in a positive and meaningful way in their children’s school life, instead of only being contacted when their children are failing or misbehaving in the classroom.

Among the messages to emerge from the forum was the unanimous agreement that all children and youth have potential, and the key is to create opportunities for students to discover that potential and experience success. As well, because children and youth do not live only in the school environment, there is a need to measure competences beyond the school.

As well, conference participants pointed out that resilience needs to be enhanced from within a healthy, positive, and strengths-based education system; teachers need to be given the necessary resources to teach with a positive developmental approach; practitioners need to work closely with families and communities; and public policy has to be child-centred and family-centred.

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Eva Oberle. International Dialogue on Resilience: Promising Practices for School Systems 2009. Web. 5 Feb. 2023 <>
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