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Maintaining resilience through COVID-19

Resilience can elevate educators and students to a higher plane--but it takes the right approach to navigate during a pandemic

People fear the unknown more than they fear change–and teachers, students, and parents don’t necessarily want to rush back to “normal” education unless education leaders can tell them what “normal” will look like.

As he opened (virtual for the first time in 41 years), Marcus Buckingham, head of the ADP Research Institute – People & Performance, noted that the unknown and ambiguity won’t help build resilience in teachers and students post-COVID.

Instead, education leaders need to clearly identify what will look different, how it will look different, and approach post-COVID schooling with a team mentality.

Citing data from an that surveyed more than 25,000 people across the world to gauge how COVID-19 has impacted engagement and resilience in the workplace, Buckingham noted that only 15 percent of surveyed employees are considered highly resilient.

On a deeper dive, the research team–Buckingham, along with Mary Hayes, PhD, the team’s research director, and Frances Chumney, PhD, senior researcher for psychometric methods–found that of that 15 percent, 10 percent are fully engaged and highly resilient, while 5 percent are highly resilient but are “just coming to work.”

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