Be Positively Powerful: A Guide for Teens on Achieving Resilience and Empowerment is a new book by Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.

Be Positively Powerful is available on Amazon.

Please do not order this now. I am updating it to better address BLM.

Information Resources

Links to informational resources from Be Positively Powerful: A Guide for Teens on Achieving Resilience and Empowerment.

Information for Professionals

Educators, mental health professionals, and others who work with teens can find additional informational resources on this page.

What's New

I have produced an updated version of Be Positively Powerful: A Guide for Teens on Achieving Resilience and Empowerment.  

I have also created a new book for younger students, Be Positively Powerful: Being Resilient When Things Get Tough. (3rd grade and up, but strategies could be used with younger students.) I already know there are words that are too advanced and intend to modify. 

I have some preliminary documents that teachers can use with students for Planning and Journaling

These are the slides for the first video in my 5 video series on Trauma and Resilience in the Age of Covid and BLM. These will be narrated. My goal is videos that are 18 to 22 minutes long. 

Slides from second video. 

I am providing access to the manuscripts and slides and asking teachers and parents if they might read the books and look at the slides and provide me with feedback. I am especially interested in finding places where I may have used language or concepts that are too advanced. I really do appreciate critical feedback on things I can improve to make better. If you provide such feedback, I will send you a complementary book when I get it published.

About Nancy

Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. is the director of Embrace Civility.

Nancy has a background in working with students with special needs, law, educational technology, digital safety, bullying and harassment prevention, trauma informed practices, and restorative practices.

Professional Development

Nancy is available for workshops and keynote presentations at conferences, as well as webinars and trainings for schools. The primary focus of her professional development offerings at this point in time is on equity-based, trauma informed and restorative practices. 

Nancy can provide presentations for parents and teens in Oregon. 

She is also available for news commentary.

Articles Published

Education Week Article for Teachers: How to Find Resilience During a Difficult TimeThis article I wrote, published by Education Week, provides guidance for educators. This is a pdf version of this document. 

US News and World Report. 

Helping Young People Gain Resilience During the Pandemic. 

Pandemic Education: Empower Your Child’s Learning Over the Summer

Embrace Civility in the Digital Age

More information on Nancy’s professional work in the field of bullying and harassment prevention can be found at her Embrace Civility in the Digital Age website.