life skills

Difference Making

5 Keys to Successfully Start Your Career

By: Cary J. Green, PhD. You learn in the classroom and through real world experience, but soft skills will increase your effectiveness as you enter the workforce. Here are five valuable soft skills to know to begin a successful career.

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8 Ways To Encourage Soft Skills (Core Dispositions) in our Children

Parents and teachers alike agree personal growth and development matters, but these qualities still seem intangible, subjective, and hard to see and measure. The very term ‘soft skills’ sounds pretty fluffy and doesn’t command the sense of importance it deserves. So how might we, as parents, highlight and nurture these core dispositions in our children?


It’s Time to Trash the Terms “Non-Cogs” and “Soft Skills”

By: Andy Calkins. In this blog Andy suggests a deliberate adoption of language that lives up to the central importance of persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence in students’ genuine readiness for everything they encounter during their PreK-12 experience.

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Mawi + FLVS = Leadership Skills and Success for Students

FLVS will provide the high quality and easily accessible content for the students to be able to access 24/7 and work through at their own pace. Mix that with the face to face/classroom time- facilitated by caring teachers and peers, all ensuing from the truly dynamic spirit of Mawi Asgedom and you have a recipe certain for success!

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The Having of Wonderful Ideas

Expeditionary Learning is a national network of more than 150 schools that share the coolest design principles including “The having of wonderful ideas.” More broadly, EL schools feature “dynamic leadership, compelling curriculum, engaging instruction, continuous assessment, and a positive school culture.”


Developing Character, Courage & College Readiness

The Kerm Family Foundation recently convened several organizations that are reevaluating student character development and better preparing their students for college. DSST, Great Hearts, and Educational Enterprises are networks with well developed charter development programs.