DCRC is delighted to share information about a new resource available on the e-DECA System. With this new enhancement, teachers can complete the Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS) online! We are excited about this opportunity for teachers. The resilience and well-being of the adults who care for and educate children are of primary importance to the mission and vision of DCRC. As a team, when we sit and plan our strategic approaches, we continue to prioritize adult well-being.
When adults take the time to reflect on how they are taking care of themselves, an act of discovery can take place and lead to greater growth. Reflection is an important practice within all aspects of what we do in our programs and classrooms. For example, we are often very good at reflecting upon our quality in the classrooms, and how we are implementing matters related to curriculum. But, how good are we at intentionally reflecting upon our well-being and resilience? We encourage teachers and staff to work to create a habit or routine of completing a DARS. Here are a few reasons why we think this is important:
- It helps you learn where your strengths are. The DARS is a reflective tool designed to help adults think about their current behaviors related to resilience. Completing a DARS can help identify our strengths, which is always a good place to start.
- It helps you identify your goals. If we don’t reflect on our goal areas, we may stay in the same place. Goal setting is a valuable learning tool. Reflection is an important part of the goal setting process.
- It gives you perspective. Often we are caught up in the troubles or busyness of our daily lives. But if we take a minute to step back, and reflect on our resilience, we can gain perspective, and that’s a good thing.
We hope you enjoy this new enhancement and we wish you the best as you make adult-wellness a priority within your program.