All Students Must Thrive:
Transforming Schools to Combat Toxic Stressors and Cultivate Critical Wellness

All students deserve our best – and especially those who experience racial inequity, toxic stressors, cultural invalidation, homelessness, and other trauma. Today’s students deserve teachers who care about their overall wellness as much or even more than their academic well-being and success. Yet inequities abound, and the most vulnerable students who most need resources are often the least likely to receive such support.

So how can we ensure that all students thrive? By building and sustaining the critical wellness approach shared in All Students Must Thrive. This book brings together three frameworks relevant for equity in schools – wellness, critical pedagogy, and critical race theory. Offering a multilayered approach to supporting students and their families holistically, this book helps every educator nurture the social emotional wellness that is essential for all students to thrive.

Are you ready to transform today’s schools into tomorrow’s hubs of learning? Whether you are an educator in a small rural, large urban, or midsize suburban district – whether the student population is largely socioeconomically disadvantaged, racially segregated, or a balanced mosaic from diverse backgrounds – this book will help you understand how to demonstrate to students that they do matter, that their wellness is essential, and that they can thrive in their quest to learn.

So be bold. Be courageous. Be reflective and dedicate yourself to improving leadership, practice, policy and research that benefits our students.


Tyrone C. Howard, PhD,

is a professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. Howard is also the inaugural director of the new UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, a campus-wide consortium examining academic, mental health, and social emotional experiences and challenges for California’s most vulnerable youth populations.