The Answer

July 22, 2014

The ONE Thing to Focus on to Start the Year Strong

By Petra Claflin

At the beginning of a new school year, there are countless things we could focus on. For the first few weeks of school, though, I’d like to suggest focusing on only one thing: your biggest strength. Typically, we identify what we’re not good at and spend extraordinary amounts of time and energy... READ MORE

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