The Partnership for Resilience, an Illinois non-profit organization, received funding from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the Poshard Foundation to build and support Resilient Southern Illinois (RSI). The program’s goal is to provide training and coaching to district/school-based resilience teams to build capacity among the staff at the schools to understand and respond to ACEs more fully. Teams will establish strategies to help students dealing with ACEs so the children can ultimately succeed in school. Resources being used include materials from the Partnership for Resilience and the By All Means initiative from the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Resilient Southern Illinois recognizes that the greatest impacts will be achieved when schools and community partners work together to address adversity and poverty. Therefore, RSI will work with districts to build community-school partnerships to bolster what the schools are doing.
Schools in these districts will move from being “trauma-informed” to becoming “trauma-responsive” schools in which all students feel safe, welcomed, and supported and where addressing trauma’s impact on learning is at the center of its education mission. Adults at these schools will be prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Students’ academic needs will be met while supporting their physical health and well-being.