Today’s podcast features Dave Hill, Founder of HeartSmart. Dave talks with Lynn Swaner about the Flourishing Schools construct of Resilience, where “students handle stress effectively and respond well to/bounce back from difficult situations.” Dave shares insights about developing resilience, character development, and social emotional learning (SEL) in schools.



To go further in learning about this construct, check out these resources:

To learn more about Flourishing Schools Research:

Check out the Flourishing Together book by Lynn Swaner and Andy Wolfe (Eerdmans 2021) and this video overview of the research. You can also find out about the related institute for leaders and instrument for schools here.

About the Guest

Dave Hill ACSI AuthorDave Hill is the founder of HeartSmart, which has been quickly adopted by over 400 elementary schools around the world to help create a healthy school climate. It equips teachers with a fun tool that enables children to grow in character and emotional health, while developing a compassionate internal dialogue. Prior to this, Dave worked as a children’s pastor for over a decade, trained teachers in growth mindset, and produced children’s television content. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Northern California with his wife, Jules, and their two daughters. He can be reached via email at


 About the Host

ACSI - Lynn Swaner ACSI blog contributor

Dr. Lynn E. Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, where she leads initiatives and develops strategies to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Dr. Swaner serves as a Cardus Senior Fellow and is the co-author or editor of multiple books on Christian education,  including Flourishing Together: A Christian Vision for Students, Educators, and Schools and MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian EducationPrior to joining ACSI, she served as a professor of education and a Christian school administrator in New York.

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