EduGuide

Join Our Leaders Circle

With the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, our nonprofit, EduGuide, is working with targeted schools to help their students build the grit, growth mindset and other new learning skills that lead to higher achievement in school and life.

Now, we’re inviting others to join us on this journey. If you have a passion, or just curiosity, about our efforts and what we’re learning from the latest research and work in the field, we invite you to join other leaders across the country as we discuss new ways to strengthen students’ core skills to accelerate growth.

Join our Leaders Circle here.

EduGuide’s Leaders Circle members will get:

  • Quick updates every few weeks when we have news you can use.
  • First access to new tools we create.
  • New strategies from our research and other leaders’ observations.
  • A say in where we focus our research and development.
  • Invitations to new grant opportunities.

Millions of dollars have been invested over the last decade in what we’ve learned through our nonprofit’s programs. This is another way for us to give back to the community and sharpen our own work to better serve more people as we all learn together. We’re looking forward to connecting with you.

Discussion

69 responses to ‘Join Our Leaders Circle

  1. Interesting – I am always willing to participate in something that is advocating for REAL education, not some canned corporate plan to create worker bees..

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    • Thanks, Lissa! Worker bees are definitely not our goal. We’re of the mind that students need to take ownership of their own education. They need to be self-motivated, and every student has the potential to achieve self-motivation if they learn how.

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      • I agree that student learning should be shared by the student. Constructivist instructional methods and strategies should be the norm in every classroom. I am looking forward to reviewing and presenting feedback on exceptional learning models and teaching strategies….and what ever else you may send.

        Thank you for the opportunity to become a part of an extensive learning team!

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    • No “responsibilities” per se. We’ll send you updates and welcome your feedback. Our goal is to share what we’re learning about how students can learn better, and gather the thoughts of school and community leaders such as yourself in order to develop effective interventions that help students develop grit. If you don’t always have time to share, that’s okay.

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    • Hi Diane, thanks for your interest! We’ll be sending more specific information in the coming weeks. Watch your email for opportunities to weigh in on some exciting new research and developments in grit-building interventions for students.

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    • Thanks for your interest, Amy. Basically, the Leaders Circle is an informal, online gathering of education stakeholders who share the goal of helping students develop grit: the passion and perseverance for very long term goals, even in the face of obstacles. All you have to do to be a member of the circle is to be interested in learning more about these ideas and/or how they can be taught in schools. Ideally, you also weigh in and give us your thoughts and feedback from time to time (with your emails, comments on our blog, etc.) as we share our research and ideas.

      Sound good?

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    • Thank you, Anita! We’re based in Michigan as well, although we’re offering our new program nationwide. Currently we’re working with schools in Flint and the Upper Peninsula. We’re also exploring ways to adapt our program specifically for use in Special Ed classes. Our platform already has a really great system for mentoring and tracking progress on goals that we think is going to be super useful for Special Ed.

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    • Thank you, Sal! I’ve added you to our list, watch your email and check this blog for more information about our program, including a sample activity.

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    • You’ve got it! Let us know if you’re looking for anything in particular, in terms of what you think would benefit your students.

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I would really appreciate some information so I would be able to share this idea with my department and administration.

    Thank you.

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  3. I’m a counselor at a middle school and I realized the impact that grit and mindset can have. I’m very interested in learning how to build those in my students.

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  4. My district is very interested in this conversation. We are hosting Paul Tough this summer (author of How Children Succeed) and trying to see how these ideas fit into our instructional framework. Please add me to your list of leadership circle members.

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  5. Thank you for the invitation to be a part of fostering grit into our schools. It is an essential component of student success!

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  6. I appreciate fostering grit and providing as many ‘real’ learning opportunities as possible, especially as education in general seems to be focusing on teaching-to-the-test and other pedagogically incorrect approaches! Sign me up.

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  7. I would love to be a part of the circle and to receive more information on exactly what the circle is, what my role would be, and an other relevant information.

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  8. I am interested in the goal. Keep me posted. It would be wonderful to be a part of articulating needs for the improvement of not only instruction but ways that assess student performance and plot growth without the insanity of over-standardized testing. Promoting student performance outcomes makes more sense and provides a better chance to make a life-long learner……
    Maria Scricco

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    • Definitely agree, Maria. If you teach to the test and don’t address the root, noncognitive issues a student might have, you’re not going to achieve either a significant increase in test scores or making a difference in the student’s life. Some of our most recent work deals with the importance of high standards combined with growth mindset training: getting the students to see high standards not as intimidating obstacles but as opportunities to learn.

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    • Linda, you can opt out by unsubscribing from the email list at any time. There’s absolutely no obligation. And even if you unsubscribe from our emails, you can always come back to this blog if you ever want to check in on what we’re doing. 🙂

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  9. I am very impressed with the concept of getting away from testing and opening the imagination of our students. More independent and creative thinkers are destroyed daily by those that are interested in self gratification than the growth of our students. With an education system that concerns itself with evaluations for promotion, the main reason for education becomes obscure.
    Common Core Education forgets the principle of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Without application, the students never have the opportunity to problem solve with the knowledge and comprehension that they have been taught, thus learning has not been accomplished. The evaluation only pertains to those that can read and remember.
    What about those that have excellent tactile skills and the ability to solve real problems of mechanics, technicians, and skilled artisans. They learn by doing and succeeding in a ‘real world’ task. Look at a students eyes when they see an engine run that they fixed. Success creates more self-esteem than understanding a written essay that they can not read or comprehend. Many craftspeople have taught themselves to read to accomplish a “real world” task. At that point, they get the message and build the GRIT. Success builds GRIT.
    When Vocational Education was predominate in schools, special education enrollment was 1/2 of what it is today(Sitlington, 1996). Students could graduate and get a job. Today, no.

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