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Angela Duckworth: Is Having Grit The Key To Success?

Angela Duckworth: Is Having Grit The Key To Success? | Learning, language and leadership | Scoop.it
Psychologist Angela Duckworth says "grit" is a reliable predictor of success.

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The nitty-gritty of success

The nitty-gritty of success | Learning, language and leadership | Scoop.it
Angela Duckworth is the genius in socked feet.

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Love the grit scale!  Angela Duckworth's theories on measuring effort and drive as predictors of future success are so important for the many kids who struggle with mainstream, tradtional learning.  

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Free Preschool Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool

Free Preschool Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool | Learning, language and leadership | Scoop.it

From the NCLD, a free 20 question early literacy screening tool  to identify areas that will improve reading readiness. 


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A great tool to use for early identification.

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Westmark School for students with LD Gets Anonymous $1M Gift for New Classrooms - Patch.com

Westmark School for students with LD Gets Anonymous $1M Gift for New Classrooms - Patch.com | Learning, language and leadership | Scoop.it
Westmark Gets Anonymous $1M Gift for New Classrooms Patch.com Westmark School, an independent school in Encino for children with language-based learning differences in grades 3-12, announced Wednesday that it has secured an anonymous $1-million...

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Wonderful news Westmark community!

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 15, 2013 10:32 AM

Congratulations to Westmark Students, Faculty and Staff!

 

Westmark School, an independent school in Encino for children with language-based learning differences in grades 3-12, announced Wednesday that it has secured an anonymous $1-million gift from an alumna in support of theirTransformation: The Final Phase Capital Campaign.  

This is the first commitment toward the  construction of a new 15,000-square-foot Lower School building that will house multiple STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classrooms as well as a new state-of-the-art Library, serving all grades throughout the Lower, Middle and Upper school divisions. 

The new facility will upgrade current Lower School classrooms from modular units to permanent, multi-modal instruction spaces to better support the innovative pedagogy and multi-sensory, collaborative, hands-on teaching methods used by Westmark faculty, as well as a much needed outdoor playground for the Lower School.   

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Why Are American Kids So Spoiled? : The New Yorker

Why Are American Kids So Spoiled? : The New Yorker | Learning, language and leadership | Scoop.it

How did parents in different cultures train young people to assume adult responsibilities? In the case of the Angelenos, they mostly didn’t. In the L.A. families observed, no child routinely performed household chores without being instructed to. Often, the kids had to be begged to attempt the simplest tasks; often, they still refused


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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 31, 2013 1:54 AM

" The farther back you look, the faster kids grew up. In medieval Europe, children from seven on were initiated into adult work. Compulsory schooling, introduced in the nineteenth century, pushed back the age of maturity to sixteen or so. By the middle of the twentieth century, college graduation seemed, at least in this country, to be the new dividing line. Now, if Judd Apatow is to be trusted, it’s possible to close in on forty without coming of age."


In raising children, what are we doing? -Lon

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Building Resilience in Children

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"In today’s environment, children and teens need to develop strengths, acquire skills to cope, recover from hardships, and be prepared for future challenges..."  

 

Dr. Ginsburg's 7 C's of Resilience are:Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping, and Control. 

 

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I had the opportunity to see Dr. Ginsburg give his presentation at The Perkiomen School.  He was absolutely wonderful!  I love the resiliency theory and try my best to practice his theories with my own children.

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David and Goliath" author Malcolm Gladwell on dyslexia as 'helpful adversity' The Daily Show

Malcolm Gladwell explains the concept of "desirable difficulties."

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Slay the giants underdogs!  Desirable difficulties help us to grow, evolve and accomplish what others thought we could not. I Cannot wait to read this book.  Gladwell does a great TED talk on this book as well. 

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Lou Salza's curator insight, October 25, 2013 12:02 PM

Watch this clip to get Gladwell's take on dyslexia as an  advantage he calls a  "helpful adversity" in contrast to an "undiserable difficulty".  An over simplification to be sure--but at the same time a useful way to understand how adults who have succeeded with dyslexia may view the journey.

While I like the positive conversation in regard to dyslexia on a national venue like Jon Stewart's Daily Show, I hasten to add that the concept of dyslexia as a 'helpful adversity' only works in hindsight and only with individuals who are successful adults who did not get crushed in school. Getting crushed in school is a function of many things: the family you were born into, access to resources and personality among other things. Stewart makes a telling comment in the form of a joke in the conversation after Gladwell mentions four extremely successful and well known dyslexics. He says "are there only four--because that wouldn't be so good!"
Well let's do the research and the math. Fact is there may be relatively few who survive the journey. We can look at the incarcerated population for the flip side of this conversation and also take into account the work being done by the Shaywitz group to reach out to minority communities who historically are under identified.


The story of David and Goliath has always impressed me. I keep 5 smooth stones on a shelf in my office to remind me of the story and importance of having clear goals and acceptance of the tools and the resources available to us to overcome adversity.

--Lou