Buck Institute for Education

Resilience Café

Author: Cady Staff

What will my students be doing?

During Resilience Café, students learn about resilient heroes from the past and present, focusing on African-American history from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement.

What's Included:

  • Project Overview
  • 8 Essential Elements of PBL
  • Sequence of the Project
  • Step-By-Step Teaching Guide
  • Student Handouts
  • Teacher Materials

Current Version: April 22, 2014

Many students who struggle the most in the classroom are often forced to be resilient in their lives outside of the classroom. In the past, the struggles that they faced and overcame outside the walls of the classroom often remained separate and unrecognized.

The Resilience Café project brings those struggles from the outside into the classroom to be recognized and celebrated for the impact they have on students and the strength they build. The project seeks to connect stories of resilience from history with stories of resilience from our communities and our personal lives.

During Resilience Café, students learn about resilient heroes from the past and present, focusing on African-American history from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. Students explore together what it means to be resilient and the music, art, literature, and work that can be born out of resilience. They identify specific attributes to celebrate and communicate. Students connect a resilient historical figure, a resilient community member and their own personal story of resilience through writing and spoken word poetry. They honor their resilient community members by inviting them to a night of celebration through spoken word performances.



Project Notes

  • Subjects: ELA
  • Grade Level: 8th
  • Common Core Aligned
  • Time Required: 10-15 Hours
  • CC BY

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FAQs

Resilience Café was inspired by my students who struggle in school because of the struggles they face outside of school. I wanted to design a project that would celebrate and honor their resilient stories in the classroom, while helping them recognize their strength and connect their resilience with that of resilient heroes from our history. Also, I teach U.S. history and am most inspired by the resilient stories of those who led the Underground Railroad and stood up and fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement. Their stories of struggle and strength made history come alive for me, and I want to use those stories to help my students find meaning and interest in history’s stories, also. We all need to be resilient in our lives, so I wanted to design a project to celebrate the resilience of my students, our community members and historical figures so as to inspire future acts of resilience.

Student Work

Papa Juan
Papa Juan by Itzel
Fly Away
Fly Away by Aaron download file »

Project Documents

Project Author

Before working at HTMMA and HTMCV, Cady was a 12th grade ELD teacher at San Diego High School and a 9th and 10th grade English teacher at Madison High School.  Moving to San Diego from LA, she earned her undergraduate degree in Literature/Writing, her teaching credential and a Masters in Education at UCSD.  She recently completed work for her second Masters in Teacher Leadership through the HTH Graduate School of Education where she focused on social entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement in her classroom.  She loves to discover new things, learn from history and to figure out solutions to problems with her students, while celebrating life and learning along the way!  Family is extremely important to her and she feels so lucky to be a part of the HTMCV family!