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education | Feb 14th, 2018

Applying Entrepreneurial Solutions to Social Problems: How Karim Abouelnaga is Bridging the Educational Achievement Gap

New Lavin speaker Karim Abouelnaga knows firsthand how tough it is to attend school when you’re impoverished—let alone excel. “So much of our education reform is driven by a sympathetic approach instead of an empathetic approach,” he says. “Someone who has grown up in this environment can say, ‘I... Continue Reading →
education | Jul 26th, 2017

Nourish Minds by Feeding Curiosity, Says Creativity Expert Scott Barry Kaufman in a New Atlantic Piece

In his latest article for The Atlantic, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman targets the misinformation that limits how we educate and are educated. It begins, he says, by acknowledging that children express their “giftedness” in different, often immeasurable ways. A leader at the forefront... Continue Reading →
education | Aug 29th, 2016

Scientific American’s Scott Barry Kaufman: “Does Giftedness Matter?”

When the elementary-school academic split happens—that is, divvying up kids into gifted and regular streams—what bearing does it really have on future success? In the latest installment of his Scientific American blog, “Beautiful Minds,” Scott Barry Kaufman responds to a recent Huffington Post... Continue Reading →
education | May 30th, 2016

Paul Tough's Helping Children Succeed Now Available Online

Education speaker Paul Tough’s new book Helping Children Succeed is now available in its entirety online—gorgeously rendered with helpful graphics, charts, and embedded videos. If you’ve read Tough’s NYT bestseller How Children Succeed, Helping makes the perfect companion: a much-needed (and... Continue Reading →
education | May 23rd, 2016

Want to Help Children Succeed? Help Their Parents, Says Paul Tough

Last week, education speaker Paul Tough wrote a piece for The Atlantic called “How Kids Learn Resilience,” in which he champions the development of noncognitive skills—grit, optimism, self-control, among others—in children. The foundation for these skills is laid in our first few years of life, he... Continue Reading →
education | May 18th, 2016

Closing the Education Gap: Paul Tough’s New Atlantic Feature

To education speaker Paul Tough, America's schools are in dire trouble unless our low-income students catch up to their more privileged classmates. Tough’s latest effort, drawing insight from his upcoming book Helping Children Succeed (May 24), is an article for The Atlantic called “How Kids Learn... Continue Reading →
education | May 10th, 2016

Hollywood's Hero Teacher Is Dead: Ed Boland in Newsweek

Forget Dangerous Minds. Forget Stand and Deliver. The “Hollywood Hero Teacher” can’t save our education system, and Ed Boland knows it firsthand. In a recent Newsweek op-ed, Boland recalls his stint teaching ninth-grade history at a tough New York City high school, and gives his verdict—education... Continue Reading →
education | May 2nd, 2016

Passion and Perseverance: Angela Duckworth’s Grit Hits Stores Today

One of the most talked-about new books in education is Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, and it’s available for purchase today. The book is the culmination of years of research on the titular concept—an elusive blend of purpose and persistence that Duckworth believes... Continue Reading →
education | Apr 5th, 2016

First Look: Angela Duckworth’s New Book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

What really drives success? Is it our families, our cultures, our upbringings? Our socio-economic status? Raw IQ, EQ, our genetics, even genius? According to renowned psychologist and education speaker Angela Duckworth, real achievement often comes down to “grit”: a special mixture of enthusiasm and... Continue Reading →
education | Mar 28th, 2016

Why ‘Grit’ Shouldn’t Be Graded: Angela Duckworth’s March NYT Op-Ed

Last week, psychology professor and education speaker Angela Duckworth wrote an op-ed in The New York Times addressing a problematic trend in education accountability systems—and one she worries that she may have contributed to, however inadvertently. Educators are now seeing the value in teaching... Continue Reading →
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