Rethinking Approaches to Fostering Academic Resilience

Danielle R. Hatchimonji, Jazmin A. Reyes-Portillo, Maurice J. Elias

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Interventions to address the racial/ethnic “academic achievement gap” in the United States have not been successful. We argue this lack of success is, at least in part, related to a lack of recognition that racism is the root cause of racial disparities in education. In this chapter, we summarize the strengths and pitfalls of fostering academic resilience through three approaches: resilience, social-emotional and character development, and trauma-informed practices. We suggest that building on strengths of each of these approaches with a critical racial equity lens is necessary to foster academic resilience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Resilience in Children
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783031147289
ISBN (Print)9783031147272
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Academic resilience
  • Achievement gap
  • And inclusion
  • Antiracism
  • Character education
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Equity
  • Implicit bias
  • Inequity
  • Multiculturalism
  • Racial socialization
  • Racism
  • Resilience
  • School-based interventions
  • Social-emotional and character development (SECD)
  • Social-emotional learning (SEL)
  • Structural racism
  • Trauma-informed


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