NNSTOY's 2021 National Summit on Student and Teacher Resilience and Well-Being

July 13, 2021

This one-day event contributes to a national conversation about the importance of focusing on the social-emotional health and well-being of students, teachers, school leaders, and community members for the crucial 2021-2022 school year.

Learn Together, Lead Together
The impacts on two separate school years by pandemic disruptions create never before experienced challenges and stresses on our nation’s education system this coming fall 2021 school year. Students, teachers, education support professionals, families, and school administrators across the country need a thoughtful, flexible, and unified education strategy that fosters resiliency and well-being to address our national education recovery and the inequities experienced by our most marginalized students, BIPOC, and students from low-income families. Yet, still, even in moments of crisis our educators manage to do what they do best: teach and care for students. Recovery requires a bold vision for the future grounded in equity from teacher leaders, and an unwavering commitment to protecting the emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of students.

The Summit will:
- Address the importance of student and teacher well-being and resilience within teaching and learning after the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Focus on strategies for achieving equity for BIPOC and low-income students, especially during this critical 2021-2022 school year.
- Highlight exemplars and share best practices for teaching and learning that fosters and ensure student and teacher well-being and resilience.

Conference Details
Registration will be open to teachers across the country. The event will include keynote speakers, a Teacher, Student, Policymaker, Parent Roundtable, and professional development breakout sessions. More information will be coming soon.


Follow these steps to access the Summit on July 13 at 1 pm Eastern Time

Summit instructions



Sydney Jensen


Teaching Resilience to Our Students and Ourselves

Josh Parker

Closing Keynote

The Power of Next

Education Roundtable

Dr. Richard Warren Jr.

Qorsho Hassan

Matthew L Blomstedt, Ph.D., Commissioner of Education

Arianna Prothero

Bobbie Cavnar

Julia Pool


You're Feeling Burned Out, Let's Fix It!

50% of teachers leave within the first five years. Most leaders last only three. Burnout contributes to this crisis, which robs professionals of chosen careers and students of experienced educators. But it doesn’t have to be this way. During this session, learn what sets healthy, high-performing, and resilient teachers apart from those who burnout. Walk away with three strategies to model positive attitudes and behaviors throughout the school community.

Chris Holmes


Backtracking Apathy: A Road Map to Understanding Academic Disengagement Among Teens

We’ve all faced students who possess the cognitive abilities to succeed academically, but whose lack of engagement, motivation, or perseverance hold them back. There is no panacea for this, no simple answer to what looks like apathy. But with a better understanding of adolescent development, especially from neurological and psychological perspectives – combined with the voices of teenagers themselves – we can maximize our opportunities to reach, teach, and transform these students. What adolescents tell us is what scientists are now telling us (without the big words). It is important, enlightening, and applicable. These are their stories.

Jamey Olney


Barriers to Bridges: Empowering English Learners through Resilience, Relationships, and Relevance.

English Learners encounter multiple barriers to learning. These barriers were magnified during the pandemic. English Learners also come to school with many assets and strengths! Learn strategies to build upon these strengths by cultivating student resilience and mindset. Participants will leave the session with resources and strategies to bridge barriers and empower ELs’ success through self-advocacy in the classroom, school, and community.


Resilience: What it Means and How to Teach It

What does it mean to be Resilient? How can educators tap into Resilience, let alone teach it to students, if they don’t understand what it means? In this session, participants will benefit from 10+ years of research into Resilience, understanding what other educators have identified as key components of Resilience. They will unpack these components, along with those of Courage, Mindfulness, and Leadership, all SEL competencies that complement Resilience. Participants will identify ways in which the components of these four competencies can be taught to others – adults and students – and will leave with materials to help them do so.

Participants will be prepared to lead others in unpacking the content of Resilience, Courage, Leadership, and Mindfulness. They will be prepared to teach these competencies through their academic content. They will have a much deeper understanding of what we mean by Resilience, as well as Courage, Mindfulness, and Leadership. Finally, they will leave with posters for each of these competencies, broken down into components in student-friendly language, that they can use in teaching them to students.

Katherine Bassett

Kristen Record