What is Resilient Southern Illinois

Resilient Southern Illinois (RSI) is an initiative in the bottom 16 counties of Illinois that strives to build trauma-responsive schools and communities. RSI works with member districts and provides coaching for districts and schools to create diverse resilience teams, assess the domains of a trauma-responsive school, determine domain areas of focus, and build action plans to support implementation. RSI member district teams are invited to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) three times a year. This allows teachers, educators, social workers, administrators, or other school staff to share trauma-responsive practices, network with like-minded colleagues, and receive professional development. 

Partnership 4 Resiliency Resilient Southern Illinois

During the 2023-2024 school year, Resilient SI is working with 11-member school districts that include over 9,000 students and 600 teachers with the percentages of students coming from low-income households ranging from 34% – 97% throughout the various school districts.

Community Partnerships
  1. Centerstone
  2. Child Care Resource and Referral at John A. Logan College
  3. Illinois Education Association
  4. John A. Logan College
  5. Prevent Child Abuse – Illinois
  6. The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children
  7. Regional Offices of Education (20, 21, & 30)
  8. SI Community Foundation
  9. SIU Rural Health and Social Service Development
  10. SIU School of Medicine – Children’s Medical and Mental Health Resource Network
  11. SIU School of Medicine – Population Science and Policy
  12. Southern Illinois Coalition for Children and Families
  13. Stress and Trauma Treatment Center

Serving Trauma Responsive Schools in Southern Illinois

Extending the view of schools beyond just institutions for learning but inclusive of a whole-child experience.

Care For The Whole Child

  • Healthy
  • Safe
  • Engaged
  • Supported
  • Challenged
Map of Illinois highlight bottom 16 counties of the state with picture of cornfield

Our Long Term Outcomes

  • Increased student achievement
  • Increased student and staff attendance rates
  • Decreased chronic absenteeism
  • Decreased referrals for behaviors (suspensions, detentions)
  • Improved school climate
  • Improved primary health care and behavioral health for students
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