April, 2015

On Purpose Student Success

On Purpose Student Success

Conversations abound these days about non-cog factors in student success. From engagement to mindset to grit, educators are exploring how striving students can better bring these “X-factors,” as some describe them, to their learning journeys. I’m not sure they are X-factors, they are simply a core set of traits that have always been associated with […]

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An All-Hands Time for Education

An All-Hands Time for Education

When Charles Thornburgh and I started talking about launching Civitas Learning, we both had the feeling that the right forces were in place to do something special. Conversations about increasing college completion, fostering deeper learning, innovating with new learning models, and improving the education outcomes for low-income students were reaching a tipping point. Federal, state, […]

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Innovation, Accreditation, and Intervention and Inspiration Science

Innovation, Accreditation, and Intervention and Inspiration Science

Fellow veterans of the academy will recall accreditation events as a place where we all too often perfected our pitches to assure our fellow educators that our models and strategies were as status quo—and therefore as credible—as possible. In fact, these events were often why and how “best practicism” took hold—e.g., do it like them […]

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