Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) for Educators

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Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) for Educators



Teachers, school psychologists, counselors, social workers, and building administrators have long been on the front lines of engaging with students with mental health needs. These needs are vast; in fact, 1 in 6 youths ages 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year, according to NAMI. Given the amount of time children and adolescents spend at school, educators are often the first point of contact regarding mental illness. This can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, school personnel have seen a slate of novel challenges, including:

  • working with students via new, remote modalities;
  • helping students while their families or caregivers face health, employment, or financial strain related to the pandemic;
  • and providing a compassionate voice for students who have been isolated from their peers for long periods.

These new variables only add to the emotional load already carried by these professionals, many of whom have endured or continue to endure pandemic-related trauma in their own lives. The Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) for Educators can help educators and their organizations navigate these unprecedented times and overcome barriers to well-being that persist even in non-pandemic years. Through self-paced learning or institutional efforts, ARC provides the structure that is often missing from meaningful well-being programming.

Download The Value of Teacher Well-Being: A Research Brief, developed in collaboration with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH), to learn more.


Module Outline

0. Introduction to the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC)

1. Understanding the Psychobiology of Stress and Well-Being

2. Creating Safe and Supportive Environments

3. Clarifying, Aligning With, and Committing to One's Values

4. Cultivating Awareness Through Mindfulness-Based Practices

5. Connecting Meaningfully with Others

6. Fostering Pleasant Emotions and Experiences

7. Coping with Difficult Thoughts, Feelings, and Experiences

8. Feeling Good Physically Through Nutrition, Movement, and Sleep

9. Rejuvenating Through Relaxation, Recreation, and Routines

10. Bringing It All Together: A Wellness Plan for the Future



ARC learners are expected to engage with the "core" modules — Modules 0-5 and Module 10 — at minimum. Modules 0 and 1 introduce the ARC framework and cover foundational knowledge of stress and well-being. Modules 2-5 cover non-negotiable well-being concepts including organizational (contextual) well-being, values identification, mindfulness, and connection. In Module 10, learners reflect upon the skills they've acquired and create an individual wellness plan for the future.

Each module is equipped with corresponding activities for learners to complete. The activities are intrinsic to the curriculum package, and therefore learners are strongly encouraged to complete them.





Modules 1-5

Experience core ARC modules through a combination of Well-Being Wednesdays webinar recordings and video modules tailored to school personnel.


Module 1: Taking Care of Educators Who Take Care of Kids (Well-Being Wednesdays Webinar)

This webinar covers the what, why, and how of the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) and presents strategies aimed at enhancing resilience and well-being.




Module 2: Creating Safe and Supportive Environments (Well-Being Wednesdays Webinar)

In this webinar, attendees learn about psychological safety in the workplace and a communication strategy they can use to help develop it in their schools. Psychological safety refers to the sense of security a worker feels knowing that they may admit mistakes or show faults without repercussion. Psychological safety is most effectively instilled through leaders to create a safe working environment, and in school settings, teachers can contribute to that process in their day-to-day interactions with one another.




Module 3: Clarifying, Aligning with, and Committing to One's Values

In this module, participants will clarify their values in their personal and professional lives and distinguish them from personal and professional goals. Clarifying and committing to values helps teachers find their purpose in the day-to-day grind and can help them prioritize tasks to reduce time demands.




Module 4: Cultivating Awareness Through Mindfulness-Based Practices

In this module, participants will learn the difference between “mind-full” and “mindful” and how remaining present and aware in our day-to-day lives instills a sense of intentionality in our actions. Being focused on the present removes fears about past mistakes or future struggles and helps teachers remain engaged in their own work and with their students.




Module 5: Connecting Meaningfully with Others

In this module, participants will learn about different types of relationships vital to adult development, such as general social support (including what good social support looks and feels like), social services (like teaching), role models, mentors, and the unique teacher-student relationship.



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