Integrating education, health, and community to support the whole child.

The Partnership for Resilience grew out of the “Southland Education and Health Initiative” a cross-sector effort to address childhood trauma, access to primary care and family engagement in the southern suburbs of Cook County, Illinois.

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Part One: An Introduction – Southland Education and Health Initiative

Part one in a new series highlighting the emerging work of the Southland Initiative, which focuses on the damaging effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It wasn’t until a backyard barbecue that siblings Audrey and David Soglin realized they had been grappling with the same problem independently for years. Their collaboration would form a unique connection between healthcare and education, and the initiative has grown to include several key partners from across the state. At the center of the initiative are three areas of focus: primary care, psychological & emotional health and parent support & education.

Part Two: A Journey Towards Trauma-Informed Schools

Learn how the Partnership for Resilience, originally known as the “Southland Education and Health Initiative,” is working with teachers, administrators, and health care professionals to meet the needs of students impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This second installment of a series shows how dedicated and caring educators in Calumet Park School District 132 boosted parent engagement, expanded dental care for students, and moved toward becoming “trauma-informed.” In schools where 90% of students are low-income, out of school suspensions were reduced significantly, expulsions eliminated, and strong connections forged between teachers, administrators, union leaders, and students.

Getting to All Means All: Helping Students in Poverty Succeed in School

As currently constituted, schools alone aren’t capable of doing the job society has asked them to do. Academic achievement remains highly correlated with socio-economic income, despite decades of education reform. Paul Reville, founder of the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, discussed these challenges and strategies for reform during the Partnership for Resilience conference at Governors State University in June of 2016. With over half of all public school students now classified as low-income, Reville shares what is needed to create a new “education engine” capable of making “all means all” in academic achievement a reality.

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Partnership for Resilience Presents at EverThrive Conference

Dalyn Drown, Principal of Burr Oak School and Burr Oak Academy, and Brenda Bannor, the PfR’s health care consultant, presented the Partnership’s school-based health care work to 40 people attending the EverThrive conference on April 6, 2017.  EverThrive is a non-profit organization that works to improve the health of women, children, and families over their lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis, education, and advocacy. The conference had as its theme “Uniting Voices, Creating Solutions.”  Bannor and Drown provided an upbeat but honest assessment of the work to link Calumet Park schools with a range of health care services including [...]

2016 Conferences Attract 600 People in Elgin, University Park, and Springfield

Schools across the United States are becoming aware of how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the toxic stress they cause impact student behavior and learning. "Trauma-sensitive schools" are organized to build the capacity of teachers, administrators, and support staff to reach and teach students impacted by ACESs. One-day conferences were held to provide participants with an introduction to childhood trauma and the emerging best practices schools are using to confront it.  Below are links to photos and presentations from the conferences. View Photos Download Presentations