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Education Now: Hope and Resilience in Childhood

A discussion of concrete ways to support children and adults in developing their capacities to weather the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

As pandemic impacts linger, vulnerable children and families are experiencing the deepest hardships, anxieties, and loss. Join us as we look for concrete ways to support children and adults in developing their capacities to weather these challenges. We’ll focus on what works to support young people and the adults who care for them. We’ll explore the ways in which hope and resilience can be nurtured, and we’ll highlight ways to amplify the existing strengths of families, schools, and communities.

Speakers:

Suniya Luthar, Founder and Executive Director, Authentic Connections Groups; Professor Emerita, Teachers College, Columbia University
Robert Sege, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and Director, Center for Community-engaged Medicine, Tufts Medical Center; Founder Project HOPE

Host:

Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Key takeaways and prompts for action:

  • Relationships are a fundamental building block of resilience. Rebuilding our relationships is a critical task at this time. ​
  • Young people need to feel that they matter — that their place in the world is important.​
  • Children are closely attuned to their parents’ feelings. We need to be aware of the adults’ feelings – and create communities to support and take care of each other.

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