"My passion is to educate, support and sustain a global community of peace by embracing the oneness and resilience of humanity."
Dr. Sara Truebridge, Ed.D.
Sara Truebridge is a consultant and researcher specializing in the area of resilience. She combines her experience and expertise in the areas of research, policy, and practice to promote success and equity for all. She is the 2011 recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) “Excellence in Research to Practice Award,” awarded by the Special Interest Group (SIG): Research Use.
Sara collaborates with schools, districts, communities, agencies, organizations, groups, teams, and individuals addressing opportunities for learning and transformation. She has consulted and has given numerous presentations, webinars, and workshops throughout the United States from a strengths-based perspective focusing on resilience and positive youth/human development theory, policy, and practice to enhance positive school climate, teaching, learning, health, well-being, and safety.
Her professional experience and leadership in the field of education, social services, and resilience includes work in the development and formation of new schools, curriculum development, staff development, school climate, student engagement, social-emotional learning, cultural responsiveness, early childhood education, arts in education, special education, and parent education.
She is the author of the book Resilience Begins with Beliefs: Building on Student Strengths for Success in School, published by Teachers College Press.
Sara has over 20 years of classroom experience ranging from Pre-K to High School. She has been a mentor teacher working with new teachers in classroom curriculum, organization, and management. As a student teacher, Sara was recognized by the National Education Association (NEA) as one of three outstanding elementary student teachers in the nation.
Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in the area of policy as the Legislative Analyst for Education and the Legislative Analyst for Women’s Issues in the New York State Senate. Sara was later appointed by New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, to be the Special Assistant to the New York State Secretary of State.
She is the Education Consultant for the documentary film, Race To Nowhere and co-author of the Race to Nowhere Facilitation Guide. She also is the Education Consultant to the film, Love Hate Love, which was Executive Produced by Sean Penn and had its television debut on Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN in 2011. She is the author of the Love Hate Love Facilitation Guide.
In 2011-2012 The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools contracted with Sara to provide national webinars on various topics sponsored by the Safe and Supportive Schools Program and to peer review additional webinars in that series.
In 2006-2010 Sara worked as a Research Associate with resilience researcher and expert, Bonnie Benard, at WestEd, a non-profit research, development, and service agency. In that capacity she was the co-author on a number of publications including, You Matter: The Power of After School Program Staff to Make a Difference in the Lives of Children and Youth; The Toolbox Project: Tools for Learning Tools for Life; and was the co-project director responsible for producing The Workbook for Improving School Climate & Closing the Achievement Gap under a contract by the California Department of Education. In 2006, Sara and Bonnie Benard co-authored a component on resilience published in Planned Responses to Unplanned Change, part of ASCD’s (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) response to Hurricane Katrina. They also co-authored the chapter, A Shift In Thinking: Influencing Social Worker’s Beliefs About Individual and Family Resilience in an Effort to Enhance Well-Being and Success for All which is included in the 6th edition of Dennis Saleebey’s book, The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice (2013).
Sara earned her Doctorate and M.A. in Educational Leadership and a Preliminary Administrative Credential from Mills College. Her dissertation was titled, Tell Me a Story: Influencing Educators’ Beliefs about Student Resilience in an Effort to Enhance Student Success. In November 2007, she was selected to participate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education program, Closing the Achievement Gap: Linking Families, Schools, and Communities through Complementary Learning. Sara holds a B.A. in psychology from Denison University. She received her teaching credential from California State University, East Bay and is a graduate from the University of California Berkeley program, Children and the Changing Family. Sara is a recipient of a Mills College Education Alumnae Scholarship Award. She is also one of two international recipients of the 2005 Howard M. Soule Fellowship for Doctoral Studies: a Phi Delta Kappa Graduate Fellowship in Educational Leadership.
Sara is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA); ASCD; Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council-NSDC); Pi Lambda Theta, the National Honor and Professional Association in Education; and Phi Delta Kappa, a professional education association.