The Hope Factor

The Hope Factor

From the article:

Hope — defined as the combination of ideas, energy and excitement for goals — is a strong motivator, according to Gallup, the research and analytics firm. It affects attendance, engagement and achievement — in school as well as in life.

Sadly, much of the present education reform is deficit- and test-driven. This relentless focus may cause learners to develop a “fixed mindset” rather than the “growth mindset” so necessary to learn from mistakes and develop the confidence, perseverance and self-control required for deep and sustained thinking.

More than just a “soft science,” hope has an authentic biology. The “hopeful” brain emits more endorphins, enkephalins, oxytocins, serotonin and norepinephrine. The fewer of these our brain produces, the less we are able to feel hopeful, according to medical researchers such as Jerome Groopman of Harvard University. These also are the endogenous chemicals that communicate information throughout the brain and body. The hopeful brain strengthens processing and transmission of thoughts and binds them to our memories, intensifying learning.

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Solitude and Leadership Speech by William Deresiewicz

Solitude and Leadership Speech by William Deresiewicz

Highly impactful and an important read to remind us to make time for solitude in order to become the most strong leaders.

About the author: William Deresiewicz is an essayist and critic. His book Excellent Sheep: Thinking for Yourself, Inventing Your Life, and Other Things the Ivy League Won’t Teach You, which will be published next year, is based in part on his essays “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” and “Solitude and Leadership.” To read all the posts from his weekly blog, “All Points,” click here.

Teach for America critics organizing resistance at ‘summit’

Teach for America critics organizing resistance at ‘summit’

From the article:

Now they are organizing a summit during the four-day Free Minds, Free People conference in Chicago this summer. The TFA summit is on July 14. Among the TFA summit organizers are two TFA alums, Beth Leah Sondel, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Kerry Kretchmar, a professor at Carroll College.

 The flier says that the aim of the summit is to organize “resistance to Teach for America and its role in privatization” of public education. It says participants will:
– Share the stories and practices of the many critical TFA alumni doing important resistance work across the country as activists, researchers, and teachers.
– Amplify the voices of those negatively impacted by TFA in their schools and communities