Promoting Resilience in Higher Education
Join our international network if you wish to get involved in Staying BRiTE by:
- using the resources and giving feedback
- embedding the BRiTE modules in your program and sharing challenges and successes
- contributing to discussions about teacher education, resilience and wellbeing
- connecting with a network of teacher educators with a shared enthusiasm for supporting pre-service teachers build professional resilience
Maria Platsidou and Athina Daniilidou University of Macedonia
Maria Platsidou is a Professor of Lifespan Developmental Psychology at the University of Macedonia, Greece. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Development. She spent time as a Visiting Scholar at Max-Planck Institute in Munich and in Fuller School of Psychology, USA. She is the co-Director of the Center of Counseling and Psychological Support Services of the University of Macedonia, member of the Board of Editors and a reviewer in a number of Greek and international journals. She has participated in research programs funded by Greek or international grants. Her recent research interests include emotional intelligence, subjective wellbeing, learning strategies.
Athina Daniilidou is a PhD Student at the University of Macedonia, Greece. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education and an MSc in Continuing Education. She has given lectures at adult education institutions. Her field of research includes resilience, burnout and job satisfaction in the teaching profession. She is currently undertaking her doctoral thesis on the protective and risk resilience factors of primary general and special education teachers in the context of the economic crisis in Greece. For her doctorant she has been awarded a scholarship of the Psychological Society of Northern Greece.
The proposed research program will be designed based on the current literature about the protective factors of resilience, where resilience is captured as a multidimensional construct, which is better understood as a dynamic process within a social system of interactions. The same approach of resilience is taken by other researchers (e.g., Boyd & Eckert, 2002∙ Kumpfer, 1999), who propose that resilience is an interaction between the person characteristics and environmental protectors that helps individuals overcome adversity and have a healthy reintegration after exposure to stressors and challenges. In this framework, similar programs implemented in other countries such as the BRiTE digital training program. Our aim is to design a program that (1) will include a basic theoretical training regarding the contribution of resilience in the personal and professional life of teachers, the role of the protective and risk factors and, finally, strategies and suggestions to improve the resilience of teachers, and (2) will focus on specific dimensions of teachers’ resilience (social, professional, emotional, motives) as proposed by Mansfield and her colleagues (e.g. Mansfield, Beltman, Broadley, & Weatherby-Fell, 2016).
Wendy Timmons and Rosie Mulholland University of Edinburgh
Wendy Timmons is a senior teaching fellow and the programme director of the MSc in Dance Science and Education that she developed at the University of Edinburgh in 2009. She provides leadership in the development of pedagogical and scientific principles that underpin dance teaching. In 2016, she implemented a pathway to Qualified Teacher Status (QTs) within the MSc to allow teachers of dance to be professionally accredited and to register with the general Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS). Wendy has taught and provided professional development opportunities for dance for many years at early, vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is keen to see advancements in the provision for the teaching of dance alongside all other teacher education programmes. Wendy’s research areas include the provision for teaching young adolescent dancers, the teaching and learning environment for dance and the continuing professional development of educators. She is passionate about exploring student teacher well-being and the ways in which this can be explicitly addressed within dance and teacher education programmes.
Dr Rosie Mulholland is a Lecturer in Physical Education at the Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh (Moray House School of Education). Before commencing work at the University she worked as a physical education teacher and head of faculty in a number of Scottish secondary schools. Since 2000, she has worked extensively with undergraduate and postgraduate student teachers and one of her main responsibilities has been working in partnership with schools and tutors to support students during their professional experiences in schools across Scotland. Her main research interests are aligned with work stress, well-being, coping as well as teacher beliefs and engagement with curriculum change. Building on this she has become increasingly interested in teacher well-being and how teacher education programmes address the whole notion of teacher resilience. As a result, and in conjunction with her colleague Wendy Timmons, she has developed a course which draws extensively on the BRITE initiative with the explicit aim of placing well-being at the heart of professional learning. The team have just completed a pilot study of this initiative which saw the first cohort of MSc (Dance Science & Education) student teachers engaging with the BRITE modules in conjunction with a series of personal development workshops.
Lynn Sikma University of North Carolina
Lynn Sikma is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and former elementary school teacher. In the Elementary Education program at UNCW, she teaches general and science methods courses, supervises student teachers during their internship and field placements, and delivers seminars during students' internship semester. Her research is focused on teacher support, with an emphasis on beginning teachers.
During the 2017-18 school year, Lynn will be delivering a series of workshops derived from the BRiTE program to two groups of practicing K-12 teachers in Southeastern North Carolina. One group will be teachers in their first year of teaching in a rural area in the region. The other group will be a mixture of beginning teachers in years 1-3 who have been identified as emerging leaders by the principals at their schools. Participants will attend a series of five workshops focusing on the BRiTE modules and, upon completion, will create a workshop session incorporating what they've learned in the program that will be delivered to other beginning teachers during a professional development day in the spring.
Gloria Gratacós, Monika Ciesielkiewicz, Santiago Sastre Llorente, Inmaculada Rodriguez Gómez and Begoña Ladrón de Guevara Pascual C.U.Villanueva, Complutense University of Madrid
Professional Assessment and Development (PAD) Induction Program has its origin and starts from a real need and demand to support the integration process of new teachers in Spain. It is a complete global formation platform that includes diverse and interconnected formation strategies that allow flexibility to adapt to the individual needs of each teacher. It also includes monthly seminars where new teachers, with their mentors and university teachers discuss some practical cases that can be found in real school life. Therefore, PAD Induction Program aims at helping teachers at the beginning stage of their professional career to develop strategies to build resilience and strive to overcome difficult situations that new teachers have to face in their first years in teaching. We have been inspired by the BRITE project adapting it to the Spanish context. PAD Induction Project also offers formation for mentors from within educational institutions in order to provide resources that would help them guide new teachers taking into account all their professional experience. This program also seeks to improve teacher education programs implementing the development of resilience in educational degree programs.
Dr Gloria Gratacós earned her Ph.D. in Education Sciences, Bachelor´s Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona, Bachelor´s in Business Administration and Master´s Degree in Business Management from ESADE Business School. She has combined her professional career with a wide-ranging teaching and management experience in educational institutions. She is currently the Dean of the School of Education and Psychology at C.U.Villanueva, a chartered institution of Complutense University of Madrid. Her lines of research are focused on teacher´s motivation, educational leadership, building resilience in the teaching profession and parental involvement in education.
Dr Monika Ciesielkiewicz is a Professor of Education and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Didactics at C.U.Villanueva, a chartered institution of Complutense University of Madrid. She has also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and Messiah College in the United States for 7 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Contrastive Indo-European Linguistics from the University of Granada, Spain and is currently pursuing her second Ph.D. in Educational Technology at Complutense University of Madrid. She is involved in a variety of education innovation initiatives and assists teachers and professors with the implementation of ICT tools in the curriculum. Her research interests are concerned with educational technology, high impact educational practices, lifelong learning and building resilience in the teaching profession.
Dr Santiago Sastre Llorente earned his Ph.D. and Master´s Degree in Psychopedagogy from Complutense University of Madrid, as well as Bachelor´s Degree in Education from the University of Wales and a Diploma in Teaching Primary Education from Complutense University of Madrid. He has combined his professional career with a wide-ranging teaching and management experience, counselling activities and research in the field of education. He is a Professor at the School of Education and Psychology at C.U.Villanueva, a chartered institution of Complutense University of Madrid, where he is also the Vice-Dean of Academic Planning and Research.
Mª Inmaculada Rodriguez Gómez earned her Bachelor´s Degree in Physical Education and Sports at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Ph.D. in Educational Sciences. She works as an advisor for the research projects of the Master´s Degree in Early Learning. She is a Professor for the Master´s Degree in Neuropsychology and Education Program, as well as for the Pre-School Education Degree. She also works as a coordinator of the Practicum at C.U.Villanueva, the chartered institution of Complutense University of Madrid.
Dr Begoña Ladrón de Guevara Pascual earned her Ph.D. in Education Sciences from the UNED, Master’s Degree in Food Processing Technology and Biological Sciences from Complutense University of Madrid and Bachelor’s Degree in Education Sciences from C.U. Villanueva. She has been teaching for the Department of Specialized Didactics in Pre-School and Primary Education at the School of Education and Psychology of C.U.Villanueva, a chartered institution of Complutense University of Madrid. She is a member of the UCM EPINUT research group dedicated to study nutrition, anthropometry and physical activity during the school age. Her lines of research are centered on the nutrition and healthy life habits during school age taking into account different sectors involved.