Sudbrink, L., & Whaley, J. (2015). Leading with GRIT: Inspiring action and accountability with generosity, respect, integrity, and truth. Wiley. Read Chapter 1: Freedom to Choose.
This first chapter presents the idea of choice and how the choices we make impact not only ourselves but those around us. The authors introduce the idea of GRIT to show that our behaviors and beliefs drive how we approach our work, family, and other aspects of our lives. What happens to us as humans when we treat others with compassion? Kindness? What happens when we make a conscious decision to reach out to aid or help another? It’s a short read, but one that evokes ideas about how to recognize and strive for our “best self.”
Films Media Group. (2013). TedTalks: Angela Lee Duckworth—the key to success? Grit [Video]. Films on Demand. This is a short video in which Dr. Duckworth speaks to the idea of grit and its relationship to resiliency and how it influences success. The runtime is approximately 6 minutes. While the concept of GRIT has undergone many revisions and challenges, the foundational elements are still widely used. It’s a great resource to begin with, and I encourage you to pursue other narratives and discussions about this topic. It will only enhance and build your knowledge!
Ben-Asher, N. (2020). Trauma-centered social justice. Tulane Law Review, 95(1), 95–142. Trauma is present in many parts of our modern life. Understanding our own experience and relationship with trauma is key to recognizing how it is recognized through social movements.
Cunningham, A. (2017). "When my mom was incarcerated, I missed her." Trauma's impact on learning in Pre-K-12 classrooms. LEARNing Landscapes, 10(2), 131–143. This resource offers a personal link to human experience and how trauma can influence and impact children. While anecdotal, it offers a powerful lesson of understanding trauma and its effects.