Resiliency Education

  • Building resiliency for Florida’s students and families is a top priority of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).

    Building Resiliency - Resiliency Education Standards: Character, Personal responsibility, Mentorship and Citizenship, Critical thinking and Problem Solving. Resiliency toolkit: Dynamic resources for students, parents/caregivers, educators and community partners. Florida specific youth survey: Results on students' resiliency and behaviors will inform student instruction, resources, supports, and staff training. Resiliency education, civic and character education and life skills education: school districts provide 5 hours of data-driven instruction annually to students in grades 6-12 related to resiliency, character development, and mental health. Mental health assistance allocation and Florida safe schools assessment took: District funding and planning tools to strengthen school safety and support school staff training, services and resources. School staff training: 80% or more of school staff receive youth mental health awareness training.

    Required Instruction – Rule 6A-1.094124

    • The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted rule on July 17, 2019, to add an annual 5 hour mental health instruction requirement for students in grades 6-12.

    • The SBOE amended rule on October 20, 2022, to shift the focus of the 5 hours of required instruction to an empowering new model based on resiliency.

    • On March 22, 2023, the SBOE adopted revised standards aligned to the new resiliency approach that included benchmarks related to:

    • Character

    •Personal Responsibility

    • Mentorship and Citizenship

    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


    Resiliency Toolkit

    This toolkit was assembled by the Florida Department of Education to assist teachers in the development of more resilient and healthy students. Teachers utilizing the instructional resources included in this toolkit will empower Florida’s students as they develop resilience and character education skills to adapt to a variety of situations. These lessons can also assist with instruction in health education topics included in required instruction.

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