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Grit to Graduate, part 2: Character Education

In certain circles of ed reform, the famed marshmallow experiment by Walter Mischel at Stanford in the 1960’s is cited frequently enough to turn summer s’mores into psychological artifacts. The gist of the study? A pre-school-aged child is given a marshmallow and told, “you can eat that one now, but if you wait until I come back you can have two”. No guarantees of when that might be, or what to do […] Read more

Grit to Graduate, part 1: College Success

As dispiriting as our nation’s math scores can appear as evidence of fading international competitiveness, our position at the top of one ranking might be the most alarming statistic of all: The United States has the highest college dropout rate in the industrialized world. (Both trends are even more pronounced when income is taken into account). Even once they have successfully enrolled at a college or university, American students – especially those from low-income households – are less likely than […] Read more

Focusing on College Readiness

Exciting things happening in Minneapolis today. NewSchools Partner Deborah McGriff led a session at the National Charter Schools Conference entitled, “Accelerating College Readiness and Success in the Charter Schools Movement.” During this session Deborah highlighted the ambitious work of the College Achievement Network, a network of charter school organizations serving predominantly low-income communities, working together to ensure their students are prepared to enter and successfully graduate from college. One of the charter organizations that is part […] Read more