Pathways to EmpowerTM was developed by Donna Volpitta, Ed.D. as a framework for teaching the Resilient Mindset ModelTM. Her goal was to create a program that was easy to implement and applicable to any age group. Drawing on her experience both in the classroom and in administrative positions, her goal was to create a program that was easy to implement effectively.




The beauty of Pathways to EmpowerTM is its simplicity and flexibility. The model is easy enough for a six-year old to understand, yet it can be applied to any challenging situation, from the playground to the home to the board room. Because it is so generalizable, any environment provides plenty of opportunities for reinforcement of the concepts. The lessons are designed as guidelines for instruction, but the instructor is given the freedom to choose how those lessons are implemented. The entire framework may be presented in one instructional period or it may be taught in much smaller chunks, depending on the needs of the instructor.

Both in-person and on-line certification will soon be available. This certification process ensures that instructors are familiar with the fundamental educational and neurological underpinnings of the Pathways Framework. Certified instructors will have access to Pathways to EmpowerTM materials.

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Pathways to EmpowerTM

  • Teaches structures and functions of the brain
  • Fosters resilient mindsets
  • Provides a framework for handling any challenge
  • Empowers students, parents, teachers and administrators to build resilience
  • Supplements any school-wide positive behavior support
  • Aligns seamlessly with literacy
  • Is easy to understand and implement



The Center for Resilient Leadership offers workshops and keynote speeches for a range of different audiences, including students, parents, military, and corporate leaders. We are happy to work with you to develop a program that will work within your time-frame and that will address your specific needs.

Please contact us for more information.