WPSU – Public Television “Resilience” episode: Dr. Brzycki Discusses “Grit” “Purpose in Life” “Social-Emotional Learning”

Link to WPSU: Conversations Live: Resilience

Resilience requires self knowledge attributions such as; life purpose, emotional awareness, inner self awareness, among others in the Integrated Self (iSelf) Model.

School-aged children with psychological well-being have a lower risk of mental health disorders and physical health diagnosis such as anxiety, depression, obesity, cutting, substance abuse and bullying, among others. As such, well-being is an important protective factor to impart in a child’s life in preparation for college and careers. Educators do have access to new teaching and learning tools just in time to meet the needs of today’s children.

We have developed the Integrated Student Success Toolkit (iSuccess), a visionary and comprehensive approach to student success through well-being and self-knowledge available to parents, teachers, and well-being counselors.

The Integrated Student Success Toolkit (iSuccess) provides frontline educators and parents with a new student success model based on the latest research in the psychology of well-being and student-centered learning. This model integrates five student success functional areas—social-emotional competencies, academic competencies, self-knowledge, life purpose and dreams, whole-child wellness—and helps parents and educators develop psychologically healthy and self-aware students as a part of their educational mission.

Drawing upon over 30 years of professional experiences as K-16 education leaders, teachers, and counselors, Elaine and Henry Brzycki have developed the Integrated Student Success Toolkit (iSuccess), a visionary and comprehensive approach to student success through well-being and self-knowledge. The Toolkit provides three research-based, high-impact practices that empower students to create their own pathways to success in school and in life:

  • Integrated Self Model (iSelf) – a framework to understand the whole person through self-system and positive psychology attributes
  • Self Across the Curriculum (SAC) – a pedagogy to teach/learn self-knowledge through curricula
  • Success Predictor (SP) – a student success assessment instrument and intervention tool to impart life purpose and dreams

When the self becomes the lens through which students learn, students can balance cognitive with non-cognitive factors to become happy and whole people who are equipped to create a positive life and make contributions toward a better society.

It is critical in our view that education leaders relay to students the interconnectedness among mental health and well-being to student success. The need is clear for a new integrated student success model that places wellness at the center, and moreover empowers students to define success for themselves.

Elaine Brzycki states, “Students have a higher purpose that is driving their thoughts, feelings and actions. A DNA of consciousness, if you will, that when learned transforms their quality of life and abilities to be successful.”

“There is substantial evidence from well-controlled studies that skills that increase resilience, positive emotion, engagement and meaning can be taught to school children.”

— Dr. Martin E. Seligman, University of Pennsylvania

 

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