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Cultivating Resilience

Jun 20, 2023

Our guest

Horacio Sanchez, President and CEO, Resiliency Inc. 

Horacio Sanchez is a highly sought-after speaker and educational consultant, helping schools learn to apply neuroscience to improve educational outcomes.  He presents on diverse topics such as overcoming the impact of poverty, improving school climate, engaging in brain-based instruction, and addressing issues related to implicit bias. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on resiliency and applied brain science.

Horacio has been a teacher, administrator, clinician, mental health director, and consultant to school districts across the United States. Horacio sits on the True Health Initiative Council of Directors, a coalition of more than 250 world-renowned health experts committed to educating on proven lifestyle principles as medicine. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Education Revolution, which applies brain science to improve instruction, behaviors, and school climate.  His new book, The Poverty Problem, explains how education can promote resilience and counter poverty’s impact on brain development and functioning.

The Takeaway

By understanding the profound effects of poverty-related stress on the brain, acknowledging the power of subconscious biases, and implementing practical strategies for emotional regulation, educators can foster resilience, equity, and optimal learning experiences for vulnerable students.

As you listen

  1. Poverty-related stress can have a significant impact on the brain, leading to changes in memory, emotional regulation, and decision-making abilities.

  2. Societal biases, particularly those related to race, can be subconscious and influence our perceptions and interactions with others.

  3. Strategies for regulating emotions in the classroom include pre-planning, ritualizing the environment, and using rituals to help students regulate their systems faster and adjust.

  4. It is important to build protective factors and concrete skills for vulnerable students, especially those from poverty or who have experienced racism and bias.

  5. Teachers should have an understanding of how the brain learns and establish foundational knowledge for students before moving on to more complex topics.

Connect with Horacio Sanchez

Twitter - Horacio Sanchez @ResiliencyInc
Website -


The Education Revolution

The Poverty Problem