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education | Jul 16th, 2019

Grit Speaker Lauren Eskreis-Winkler Investigates the Motivational Benefits of Advice-Giving

Common wisdom would suggest that offering advice to those who are struggling is helpful to them. But findings from the University of Pennsylvania suggest the opposite is true. In fact, it is the actually person dispensing the advice who is benefiting most. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler reveals the... Continue Reading →
education | Feb 27th, 2019

Admission Isn’t Acceptance: Anthony Jack Reveals the Plight of Low-Income Kids at Ivy League Schools in The Privileged Poor

Even though the Ivy League has opened their doors to a more diverse student body, less privileged students still struggle. Drawing from his own experiences, as well as dozens of interviews with undergraduates at one of America’s most prestigious colleges, Anthony Jack’s The Privileged Poor (out now... Continue Reading →
education | Feb 27th, 2018

How Can We Create an Open, Practical Dialogue Around Consent on Campus? Vanessa Grigoriadis Draws Clear Lines

Questions about power, consent, and assault on college campus have sparked difficult—but necessary—conversations. In this #MeToo moment, how do we engage in practical dialogue? New speaker Vanessa Grigoriadis embedded herself in colleges across America, conducting interviews with the survivors, the... Continue Reading →
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 →
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