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The Power of the Pause to Enhance Executive Function and Mentor Efficacy

The Power of the Pause to Enhance Executive Function and Mentor Efficacy

In a recent paper, Executive Function: Implications for Education (Zelazo, D; Blair, C.B., and Willoughby, M. T., 2016), authors explored the research surrounding executive function (EF) skills and the implications for educational researchers and, to some extent, classroom teachers. The authors defined executive function as — “Attention-regulating skills that make it possible to sustain attention, … Continue reading

Enhancing Mentor Effectiveness: Tools for Teaching the Growth Mindset 

Enhancing Mentor Effectiveness: Tools for Teaching the Growth Mindset 

Social emotional learning, growth mindset, and grit are buzz words these days in education. These words appear repeatedly in social media. Books about these topics — such as Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success or Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character — are placed on the front shelves of local bookstores. Most of us have a good degree of growth mindset. The reason you and I come to work, either … Continue reading

Longitudinal Data on Suspended/Expelled Youth

Longitudinal Data on Suspended/Expelled Youth

In our last Attend-Engage-Invest Blog, we encouraged you to work with school administrators to consider Alternatives to Suspension. We recently found scientific evidence from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) that you can share with key decision-makers to impress upon them the importance of finding alternatives. We know that students who are removed from the classroom for … Continue reading

Alternatives to Suspension

Alternatives to Suspension

Research tells us that students who miss 10% or more of school days are at a higher risk for disengagement and dropping out before completion of high school (see Early Warning Systems in Education: Resources & Tools). And logic tells us that if students are not in class receiving instruction, they are not as likely to … Continue reading

The Power of Presence in Positive, Trusting Relationships

The Power of Presence in Positive, Trusting Relationships

Check & Connect mentors are trained in building trusting relationships with at-risk students to help them engage with school and learning, and ultimately graduate from high school. Numerous research findings prove the effectiveness of the program as it pertains to academic engagement and persistence in school (Selected Findings from Check & Connect Research Studies). But … Continue reading

2014 National Mentoring Summit: Materials and Motivation to Last Throughout the Year

2014 National Mentoring Summit: Materials and Motivation to Last Throughout the Year

January 30-31, 2014 was the 4th annual Mentoring Works! National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. and my first year of attendance at this conference. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, along with host committee members, planned a summit filled with timely, informative, and dynamic presentations and workshops. It was a very energizing summit and it renewed my sense … Continue reading