According to research, hope is key to academic achievement…
and it’s a skill students can develop over time

“Research suggests cultivating hope is a complicated process—but there are significant rewards for those who make the effort.  Researchers have found that students who are high in hope have greater academic success, stronger friendships, and demonstrate more creativity and better problem-solving. They also have lower levels of depression and anxiety and are less likely to drop out from school.

Hope doesn’t mean wishful thinking—as in “I hope I win the lottery.” Instead, a person who is high in hope knows how to do the following things.”

  • Set clear and attainable goals.
  • Develop multiple strategies to reach those goals.
  • Stay motivated to use the strategies to attain the goals, even when the going gets tough.

Zakrzewski, Vicki. “How to help students develop hope.” Greater Good Magazine Nov. 2012

Bill Zima, Teaching Hopfulness
RSU2 has brought hope to the forefront of their district vision

"Remember our purpose is to cultivate hope in all learners," Bill says. "All of our efforts are towards that vision, and if they are not, then we are not in alignment."


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