Resilient Schools

Vision: To provide services, resources, and professional development around meaningful implementation of proactive resilience initiatives in the schools that include but are not limited to the following: social-emotional learning (SEL), staff wellness, restorative practices, trauma-responsive practices, the integration of proactive initiatives using the PRISMĀ© framework, and the integration of initiatives into school climate and culture and classroom content. Creating foundationally safe learning spaces where students and staff feel seen and heard paves the way for enhanced levels of resilience, belonging, and connection which ultimately leads to higher academic achievement and greater teacher retention.

Celebrating Resilience 2024 - Register Today!

We are excited to announce the return of the Celebrating Resilience Summit!  The 2024 Celebrating Resilience Summit, "Building Resilience Through Connection", will be held on September 5th and 6th in Tucson, so mark your calendars now for this inspiring and uplifting conference chock full of local, national and  international speakers bringing you all the most innovative research and approaches to growing the resilience of everyone in our educational communities.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a breakout speaker or an exhibitor for this event, please scan the QR codes provided on the flyer or follow the links provided below.  Speaker proposals are due by 4/15.  We look forward to seeing you in person in Tucson in September!

Save the Date Flyer

Free Learning Opportunities - 2024-25 Learning Cohorts

Registration for the PCSSO Resilient Schools 24-25 Learning Cohorts is now officially open!  Cohorts are intentionally designed to be an engaging, interactive learning space. Our bi-monthly (varies) one-hour sessions support meaningful integration of research, strategies, resources, and collaboration related to building and growing resilience for youth and adults into daily practice. All cohorts are free, virtual, and run from September through May. We welcome statewide participants from the field of education (teachers, administrators, school mental health professionals, and other staff) and those who support educators in any capacity. Spaces are limited so register now!


Dr. Leslie Anway, Director of Resilient Schools

2023 Celebrating Resilience Summit

Educators from around the country joined us for our Celebrating Resilience Summit! Attendees learned about building learning spaces that facilitate belonging, empowering students to foster self-control and manage their emotions, and so much more! Two incredible days of inspiration and connection! CLICK HERE for a photo album!

Summit Testimonials:

“Everything was incredible, and I cannot miss the next one. The breakout sessions challenged my mind, soul and spirit.”

“I have been attending educational conferences for over 30 years and this is the first one in a very long time that I can say is a wow!  It was inspiring and I learned something new from every single keynote and breakout speaker.  Our superintendent and every principal and teacher in our district needs to hear all of this information!”

“Love having all of these new tools in my teacher toolbox!”

“Wonderful!  I had stopped attending conferences because, in education, you start to hear the same things over and over. This blew it out of the water! Please do it again next year!”

"Incredible conference, very well organized! I feel rejuvenated and ready to pass that on to staff at our school! Thank you!! 

“The Summit was great, with excellent organization and great speakers. Thank you again for all your work and dedication to make this possible.”

“I was done with conferences and had, for the most part, stopped attending. I reluctantly came to this one. Wow, was I surprised, amazed, and inspired and now I can’t wait to come back when you hold it again next year!”

Professional Development

The Resilient Schools Schools program provides professional training, coaching, support, and resources, along with the facilitation of live and virtual webinars/conferences/institutes focused on targeted training and education that serves to improve professional knowledge, competence, and effectiveness of educational stakeholders. These workshop presentations are designed and facilitated by the director and/or contracted certified trainers. Trainings, coaching, support, and resources are regularly evaluated to remain current and relevant on the needs of our school communities.


The Resilient Schools program’s intention is to contribute to a learning community’s positive climate by providing consultation services, staff training, mentoring, assessment & program auditing, problem-solving, action planning, and resource identification & evaluation.

Partnerships & Resources

The Resilient Schools program connects learning communities to agencies, programs, training, other educational professionals, and resources found locally within the Tucson Metro area and Pima County, that serve to meet the needs of their students.

The Resilient Schools program and our well-established and sustained relationships with highly revered organizations and their trainers, effectively collaborate to train, coach, support, and provide informational resources to learning communities to make a greater impact on our schools and society.

Pima County Health Department

  • School Community Health & Safety
  • Communicable Disease & Vaccination
  • Oral Health & Nutrition
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health
  • School Mental Health
  • Substance Use
  • School Professional Resource Library
  • Tobacco Prevention & Cessation
  • Other Resources

PCHD Trainings & Presentations

  • Mental Health First Aid (Youth/Adult)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness “Ending the Silence”
  • Narcan Training
  • QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
  • Rise of Fentanyl
  • Strengthening Families Program
  • Stress Management
  • Bystander Training for Opioid Overdose Prevention (online)

Tu Nidito: No Child Grieves Alone

  • Tu Nidito is a Safe Place where children, teens, young adults, and families find comfort, hope and support while they are grieving the diagnosis of serious medical condition or the death of loved one.

Arizona Department of Education:

  • School Safety & Social Wellness:  Supporting the Emotional, Mental and Physical Health and Safety of Arizona Students.
  • Southern Arizona School Safety Consortium: The regional consortiums are sponsored by The Trust and meet quarterly to provide presentations on emergency preparedness topics of interest and lessons learned.

Southern Arizona Trauma Informed Network (SATIN)

  • The Southern Arizona Trauma Informed Network is a consortium whose goal is to create a trauma informed community and to promote resiliency.

Power Over Predators

  • Alert adults and kids to the critical dangers of in-person ad online abuse, equipping and empowering them with skills to prepare, intervene, and protect them from victimization.

Alternative Education Council

  • A network of alternative education educators (Public school districts and charter schools, private schools, Accommodation Districts) to share best practices and explore innovative teaching and learning strategies.

National Collaborations

  • Neurosequential Network
  • National Comprehensive Care Network/Department of Education

Fred Acosta Job Corps Center

Children’s Advocacy Center of Southern Arizona

Miss Jai Smith (she/her & he/him)
CEO & Senior Consultant, Toadhenge Consulting, LLC.

The Peace Pad - For anyone who is passionate about peace and justice education and wants to make a positive impact in their learning environments and communities.

  • Cities4Peace – workshops and online courses for 'seek peace within' and Sky breathwork-meditation.
  • PeaceEd Gateway - innovative web platform and collective of partners that will ultimately transform and connect learning environments and educators worldwide; mainstreaming peace education in schools!

Higher Ground - Educators, Families, Youth, Leaders, And Neighbors Coming Together To Support Community Development And Innovative Learning (includes Restart SMART Community School Initiative)

Pima Cycle Breaker – “We Are Destined to Repeat What We Don’t Repair”

The Pima Cycle Breaker Program empowers lifelong success among youth and young adults by offering educational pathways, skills-based training, apprenticeships, jobs placements and needs-driven wraparound services (including housing, transportation, food and tuition).

Contact Director Monica Verrett for more information.

  • 520.724-8451

Community Partners

Reach out. Let’s talk.  Our vision is to provide support that is specific to the needs of your staff.

Director Dr. Leslie Anway - 520.724.8393 -