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education | Oct 3rd, 2019

Angela Duckworth Honored as One of Eight Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf honored eight women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, each recognized for their “extraordinary service and contributions to the Commonwealth.” Among them was the New York Times bestselling author of Grit Angela Duckworth.... Continue Reading →
education social justice | Sep 17th, 2019

Paul Tough Talks to PBS' Amanpour & Co., on Education Inequality and His New Book, The Years That Matter Most

Bestselling author Paul Tough sat down with Michel Martin on PBS to discuss how inequality and its widespread effects have come to define higher education. His most recent book, The Years That Matter Most explores this phenomenon in heartbreaking detail. Today's American students a jaw-dropping... Continue Reading →
education | Sep 11th, 2019

The Years That Matter Most—A New Book By New York Times Bestseller Paul Tough—Is Out Today

Who gets into college, who doesn’t, and why does it matter? Based on six years of reporting, education speaker Paul Tough’s hotly-anticipated new book explores how social mobility affects higher education—and what this means for America’s future generations.   In The Years That Matter Most,... Continue Reading →
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 →
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