Building Resilience in School Staff: Resources

Thank you for participating in Strong4Life’s Building Resilience in School Staff Training. Remember, resilient students are able to identify, express and cope with their feelings in healthy ways. One way you can build resilience in your students is by proactively teaching and modeling coping skills. Below is a guideline of resources and activities to teach and model coping skills for students. 

When teaching coping skills, keep the following in mind:


  • Teach new coping skills when everyone is relatively calm, not in the heat of the moment. 
  • Practice coping skills regularly. 
  • Encourage students to try lots of different coping skills. 
  • Model healthy coping skills for students.

Use these resources to help students manage their feelings at school, at home and in the classroom.


In the classroom (Use these resources once per week to multiple times per week)



School-wide opportunities


  • Distribute on-the-go coping skills cards, which you’ll receive in the mail, to help students practice coping skills throughout the day.
  • Use the morning announcements tip sheets (elementary school, middle and high school) for ideas on how to talk about feelings and coping skills.
  • Share ready-to-use healthy habits newsletter tips with families for practicing healthy habits at home. We update these tips quarterly, so be sure to check back for new content


At home 


Educators face all kinds of challenges throughout the day, making it difficult to prioritize self-care. That’s why it’s critical to be intentional and carve out “me” time each day, if only for a few minutes. Check out these well-being resources for self-care ideas and strategies.