From the 2010 UC Berkeley School Psychology Conference
Dr. Greg Jennings
Professor and Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at California State University, East Bay
The Ecology of Resiliency in Diverse and Urban Schools
Student stress is not relegated to high expectation environments. With the threat of violence, depleted resources, and community instability, students in urban and diverse schools face different stressors, but the effects on academic performance and well-being can be equally deleterious. Understanding these stressors and supporting students through stressful periods necessitates inquiry and involvement in multiple layers of a student's environment. Thus, Dr. Jennings takes an ecological approach to address student stress and learning in diverse and urban environments. This session will focus on resiliency as an outcome of support in families and schools (e.g., caring relationships, meaningful participation, and connectedness). In addition, Dr. Jennings will discuss measures of environmental support that buffer against stress. To close, Dr. Jennings will invite questions, thoughts, and reflections from the audience.