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July 17, 2014

How Children Succeed "Book Club" Part 6 - Curiosity

By Sarah Schott, Communications Fellow

In serendipitous fashion, the last post of our “book club” blog series will focus on curiosity, which happens to be one of my personal favorites and, as I found out this past Sunday, also happens to be one of my own top five character strengths.* Beyond my own drive of curiosity, as an instructor I... READ MORE

July 16, 2014

How Children Succeed "Book Club" Part 6 - Optimism

By Sarah Schott, Communications Fellow

This past year I taught a sixth grade student whose demeanor mimicked Eeyore of Winnie the Pooh. Argentina could have won the World Cup (he was a huge Messi fan), but this particular student still would have found something to be pessimistic about. The student’s outlook influenced both his behavior... READ MORE

July 15, 2014

The 2014 Teacher Prep Review: YES Prep’s Teaching Excellence Program gets graded

By Carlos Villagrana, Senior Director of Teaching Excellence

Recently, the National Center for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released the 2014 Teacher Prep Review, a report on the quality of teacher preparation programs, including alternative certification programs. Our teacher preparation program, Teaching Excellence, was evaluated this year for the first time and... READ MORE

July 11, 2014

How Children Succeed "Book Club" Part 5 - Social Awareness

By Sarah Schott, Communications Fellow

If you missed the earlier installments in our “book club” series, you can find them here.  Social Intelligence Defined   Whether you’re a fourth grade teacher or a tenth grade teacher, my guess is that at some point you’ve cringed over an awkward or painful social interaction between your students... READ MORE

July 09, 2014

How Children Succeed "Book Club" Part 4 - Gratitude

By Sarah Schott, Communications Fellow

In case you missed the first three installments in our “book club” series, here are the posts on Grit, Self-control, and Zest.  Gratitude Defined   Gratitude is both recognizing your opportunities and expressing appreciation for those opportunities. It is also acknowledging what people do for you... READ MORE

July 01, 2014

How Children Succeed "Book Club" Part 3 - Zest

By Sarah Schott, Communications Fellow

In case you missed our earlier installments in our “book club” series, you can read Part 1 – Grit here, and Part 2 – Self-Control here. This week we're talking about zest.  ZEST Defined   We’ll defer yet again to Character Lab, a nonprofit cofounded by grit guru Angela Duckworth, for the official... READ MORE