Why would the Worcester Public Schools, which turned itself into a “high-performing” urban school system, need a strategic plan despite going without one for a quarter century? School Superintendent Maureen Binienda announced on Friday that with the help of private funding, she expects to have a plan completed by January.
Rice Square School Principal Susan Donahue told the School Committee Thursday night that coursework associated with a grant looking to make schools welcoming and supportive for students who have experienced trauma outside the classroom emphasized the idea that “small is the new big.”
“As parents, teachers and caregivers, we all want to raise resilient kids — to develop their strength so they can overcome obstacles big and small. Resilience leads to better health, greater happiness and more success. The good news is that resilience isn’t a fixed personality trait; we’re not born with a set amount of it. Resilience is a muscle we can help kids build.” Sheryl Sandberg, writing in the New York Times, tells how she and her children coped with the death of their father.