Devereux Center for Resilient Children
Early Spring
 March-April 2013


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Spanish/English Bilingual Teachers Needed


DCRC is in the final steps of creating the Spanish version of the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) and needs your assistance. We are looking for bilingual (Spanish/English) K-8th grade teachers or after-school staff to participate in our DESSA Spanish Translation Study, which can be completed online. The study takes about 35 minutes to complete and we will offer a $20 gift card for one completed rating.


To participate, please contact Gabriel Smith at

Or try this link:







"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."


William A. Ward


What's in this Edition of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) March-April Newsletter?



What's New at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children?

The launch of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Preschool Program, Second Edition remains a primary focus of the DCRC. Initially released this fall, the second edition resources have been positively received by new and long-time, loyal users. More What's New here!


Our team is working hard to best support existing and new users. For those professionals who want to learn more about the DECA Preschool Program, Second Edition and how these resources promote resilient children and adults, several national professional development events are scheduled over the next several months in cities across the country. To learn more about these events, visit this link 


Two DCRC Projects begin Year 2 of implementation!

Joan Sherman Program for Resilient Children, a collaboration with SCAN Inc. in Fort Wayne, IN as well as Allentown's District-Wide Social-Emotional Learning Initiative in Allentown, PA. Read more here...


Building Your Bounce - Mother Son Bonding Time

A 10% Discount on your meal for putting down your technology and connecting with each other? This heartwarming account from Linda Likins, National Director of the Early Childhood Initiative is available here...


Tips and Strategies to Promote Resilience

Ideas come from Devereux resource books for teachers and families. More tips for each age available here...


Infants: Smile and laugh with your baby. Every positive connection helps build your relationship.


Toddlers: Try redirection instead of punishment. As long as your child's safety isn't a concern, try to limit your "No!'s" Instead, distract your child or get her involved in something else more appropriate.


Preschoolers: Read and discuss books about emotions and feelings. Talk about how the characters in a story are feeling. Ask your child, "How would that make you feel? What would you do?"


School-Age Children: Help your child learn to calm down when frustrated. Simple strategies such as counting to 10 or taking a few deep breaths can be effective. Help your child learn to say, "This is hard for me. I am getting frustrated. Can you help?"


Adults: Make at least two versions of your "to do list". One with weekly or long-term projects, and one for "Just today". You may feel less overwhelmed when you focus on one day at a time.


Stress: New Report from National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health has put forth an important piece on Stress and the impact on children's brains. We have highlighted some excerpts from the piece, and included some suggestions from DCRC resources for helping reduce stress, available here... 


Professional Development Opportunities

NEW! 1-Day Promoting Resilience: A Key to Preventing & Reducing Challenging Behaviors in Preschool Children: This dynamic training will showcase great information on promoting resilience in preschoolers and will introduce participants to resources found in the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Preschool Program Second Edition! More here...


Webinars, Webinars, and More Webinars!

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers a wide variety of webinars designed to share information on promoting social/emotional health and resilience of babies, toddlers, preschooler, school age children AND the adults who care for them. Learn about all webinars, including this FEATURED SPEAKER EVENT: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Facing the Challenge: Working with Preschool Children with Challenging Behavior, co-facilitated by Karen Cairone, Producer and Co-Creator of the Facing the Challenge DVD Series and special guest Barbara Kaiser, Co-Author of Challenging Behavior in Young Children, 3rd Edition. More here... 


Suggested Resources on Resilience and Social and Emotional Health


Is Social-Emotional Learning a Luxury? By Vicki Zakrzewski


Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Inner Meanie and Inner Friend By Randy Taran, Filmmaker, Project Happiness


Social Emotional Learning Core Competencies By Jason Flom


Policy Brief - Connecting Neurons, Concepts, and People: Brain Development and its Implications By Ross A. Thompson, NIEER Policy Brief (Issue 17)


Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten (Resources and Research from Harvard Family Research Project) by Christine Patton and Justina Wang


Excerpts from these resources and link to full resources here... 



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Karen B. Cairone, DCRC National Newsletter Editor 


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