by Dr. Andrew Benscoter
As VP of Education and Innovation at Upbring, I was very excited to review our new white paper on “Structuring policies and practices to support educational resilience of foster youth,” submitted by our partners at the Child and Family Research Institute at UT-Austin.
The paper describes how youth in foster care often have poor educational outcomes due to frequent moves and lack of caregiver stability. Drawing on resilience theory, the authors present a framework for structuring policies and practices to promote educational resilience in youth. One source of resiliency is school support, which can include strong student-teacher relationships, effective logistical support, and emotional support and social recognition provided by peers and adults.
Through Trinity Charter Schools (TCS) we work hard to provide quality education and support to the children in our care at residential treatment centers and emergency shelters. TCS is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency and has a proven record of helping students advance to grade level while in their care. Through TCS, students learn appropriate social skills in a safe, structured, therapeutic environment before they transition back into the public school system or the next phase of their lives.
You can learn more about educational resiliency by reading the complete white paper here.