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The Learning Conference 2003

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Bouncing Back: Teacher Resilience in Urban Schools

Janice Patterson.

In a world of flux and ongoing adversity, some resilient teachers in urban schools successfully guide students in scoring equal to or greater than their peers on standards scores of reading and math achievement. What is it that separates the resilient teachers from those whose students do not achieve at the same level? This presentation will discuss findings from a study conducted in the U. S relative to personal and organizational initiatives that promote resilience for urban teachers.


Janice Patterson  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Janice Patterson is a former early childhood and elementary school teacher who is now an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has taught in rural, suburban and urban U.S. public school settings. Internationally, she has worked with teachers from a variety of backgrounds, including teaching at the graduate level in Israel, Ecuador and Spain. Her current research focuses on promoting resilience in teachers and schools and school/university partnerships. She has authored books and articles on a number of topics including helping children build resilience, resilient teacher leaders, using technology in the classroom and educational policy issues. Her most recent book (with J. Patterson and L. Collins, 2002) is Bouncing Back: How Your School Can Succeed in the Face of Adversity. Dr. Patterson has been quoted in newspapers and magazines related to her work with resilient teachers. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was also involved in teaching, research and administration

  • Teacher resilience
  • Student achievement
  • Urban schools

(30 min Conference Paper, English)