Be Positively Powerful Books

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: A Guide for Teens on Achieving Resilience and Empowerment is available on Amazon.

Be Positively Powerful: Resilient When Things Get Rough is a new book for younger children by Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D..

Be Positively Powerful: Resilient When Things Get Tough is available on Amazon.

Sea Positivamente Poderos: Ser resiliente cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles is the Spanish version of the book for  younger children by Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D..

Sea Positivamente Poderos: Ser resiliente cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles is available on Amazon.

Engage Students to Embrace Civility provides schools with insight into the creation of a positive school culture and the reduction of bullying and discriminatory harassment. 

Engage Students to Embrace Civility is available on Amazon.

Information Resources

Links to informational resources from Be Positively Powerful: A Guide for Teens on Achieving Resilience and Empowerment and Be Positively Powerful: Resilient When Things Get Tough.

Information for Professionals

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

Summer Professional Development

In summer 2021, Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. will be offering professional development Zoominars on a frequent basis. These Zoominars will last from 60 minutes to 90 minutes, with time for discussion. These Zoominars will focus on two overall topics:

Topic 1. Supporting Positive Relations Among Students and Responding Effectively to Bias Incidents, Discriminatory Harassment, and Bullying. 
The presentations under this topic will address:
  • Essential insight into bullying behavior.
  • What is not currently working in bullying prevention efforts and why.
  • Strategies to engage students to foster and support positive relationships.
  • Responding to discriminatory harassment in accord with federal civil rights laws.
  • How principals and school mental health professionals can effectively investigate and intervene in the more serious hurtful situations.
  • Free speech versus hate speech.
  • Responding to hurtful online speech (cyber bullying). 
Topic 2. Practical Strategies to Increase Student and Staff Resilience Following Traumatic Distress. 
The presentations under this topic will address:
  • An overview of trauma, including adverse childhood experiences, intergenerational trauma, and toxic stress (pandemic).
  • Educator trauma, including direct trauma, toxic stress (pandemic), and secondary traumatic stress.
  • Be Positively Powerful strategies that have a rationale ground in trauma and positive psychology research to support students (and staff) post pandemic lockdown.
  • Trauma informed practices for schools 101. Given all of the challenges educators are going to be facing next school year, my emphasis is will be on practical strategies that will not require extensive staff training or extensive processes to put into place. 
Foundational Topic
Implementing a continuous improvement approach in accord with ESSA standards on Evidence-Based Practices Level 4 — Rationale grounded in research with evaluation. 
I will provide certificates for these Zoominars that should qualify for PDU credit in most states (state regulations vary). 
I really think that many of these topics would be helpful for classified staff, especially related to trauma practices. Classified staff will be able to attend the Zoominars at a reduced price. 
Some of these will also be helpful for parents, who will also receive a discount price. 

What's New

Oregon Safe Return to School 

I have been participating in efforts to ensure the safe return to school in Oregon. Documents I have created can be found here.

DigiDesiderata: Desire for Civility in the Digital Age

This is my new video on DigiDesiderate: Desire for Civility in the Digital Age.  

The book is available here.



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. 

Media and Outreach

I am seeking greater media coverage of my work, as well as other outreach activities. This is because of the importance of the issues I seek to address, especially during the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, the interruption in student learning, and the issues raised for schools and society by the Black Likes Matter movement — long unaddressed systemic racism and inequities. 

This section will provide insight for the media and my recently published writings or appearances.

Recent Articles

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

Oregonian Commentary

This commentary was submitted to The Oregonian on December 21, 2020

Recent Appearances

Here is a link to the recorded sessions on the NCMEC CONNECT training platform. I did a session on cyberbullying on December 1, 2020. (Please note, to view a NCMEC CONNECT account will have to be created, then click the registration button.  This also gives access to the other trainings and recorded discussions on the site.)


The SJ Childs Show Bullying Prevention with Nancy Willard

Information for Media

I am available for media. I can provide appear via Zoom, talk on your podcast, or provide insight for your articles. 

This is my media one sheet

Embrace Civility

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