Monday, September 2, 2013

Dept. of Education's 5 Strategies for Implementation of Perseverance Programming

According to the February 2013 Department of Education's Report on the Importance of Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance, there are five major clusters of implementation occurring in about 50 programs around the country promoting grit, tenacity, and perseverance. I've listed the five major clusters into my own words here:

Cluster #1: Early childhood programs that emphasize improving executive functioning such as mindful practices, martial arts, and self-control games.

Cluster #2: Direct Instruction through advisories, guidance, and classroom teachers to build understanding amongst students about key vocabulary and concepts such as growth mindset, and effortful control

Cluster #3: School-wide programs that take on "character education" and utilize more project based learning models that require long-term planning and thinking for students.

Cluster #4: Utilizing supporting educational programs such as STEM to provide direct instruction and support of these perseverance related skills. 

Cluster #5: Utilizing the expanding capacity of digital learning environments. For example there are many new and developing programs that can provide data based results for teachers and move at student's optimal learning pace. This increases engagement and encourages students to pursue mastery. 

The implementation process is still in its early stages and longitudinal studies are lacking but the following initiatives have shown early signs of impacting growth in student learning. As the report writes, "together, these findings provide a source of optimism that grit, tenacity, and perseverance can be teachable and transferable" (US Dept. of Education: 2013, p. xi).

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