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With autumn just beginning and schools settling into their routine, EPIC’s College and Career Readiness team wishes to share various resources to help you instill the college and career readiness skills your students need to succeed.
What’s the Value of a Good Education? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics…quite a lot. Here are some hard facts to share with your students as they tackle math problems and poetry close readings:
Persistence is one of the metacognitive learning skills (Conley, Education Week) necessary for a successful transition to college or career. Here are several strategies for developing persistence skills among your students:
• Assign projects that cannot be completed in one class period and that require students to persist to solve multifaceted problems. In assigning projects, provide appropriate scaffolding so that by the time students are seniors, they are capable of completing complex tasks independently.
• Teach lessons on resiliency to help students reflect on how they learn and cope with stressful situations. Have students describe how they have handled unexpected difficulties in the past; have them present and share these strategies with the class. This will help students build a portfolio of strategies to rely on when an obstacle presents itself (e.g., should I work with my peers, ask the teacher for help?). This experience encourages students to ask for help or pursue different pathways to success when they may have otherwise given up or felt unsuccessful if they didn’t complete an assignment independently.
• Build classroom practices that reward persistence (e.g., include credit for multiple drafts of work).
• Have students set short-, medium-, and long-term goals and map out action steps to achieve those goals. This helps to instill that persistence is sustained effort over time, not solely a triumph over barriers.
EPIC’s ThinkReady formative assessment tasks are an innovative way to teach persistence to students. Designed to fit within existing lesson plans, the tasks, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, help support the teaching and learning of the Key Cognitive Strategies necessary for postsecondary success.
College & Career Readiness Resources
Users of EPIC’s CCRS tools have access to an extensive, searchable database of resources geared toward college and career readiness. Here are some items from the Resource Bank on persistence:
This book by Carol Dweck describes how a person’s mindset toward their brains and talent can affect their success. Through years of research, Dr. Dweck has found that individuals who have a “growth mindset” and believe that intelligence and talent are the product of hard work are more successful and enjoy learning more than individuals who believe that intelligence is a fixed trait.
First in the four-part Habits of Mind series, this book was written to help students and adults cultivate the habits of mind that will help them solve problems in school and in life. The authors describe 16 habits of mind that are necessary for intelligently acting on information, such as persistence and flexible thinking. The recommendations in the series are supported by empirical research conducted by David Perkins and others.
New Book From Dr. David Conley
Dr. David Conley is pleased to announce his latest book for the educational community, Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know. Written for all educators (with a spotlight on those at the secondary level), this important resource shows teachers and school leaders alike how they can get students ready for college and careers, while simultaneously preparing them for the Common Core assessments. Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core is based on numerous research studies conducted by education expert David T. Conley and insights gained from his work with dozens of effective high schools. The book offers techniques and strategies for teaching the Common Core State Standards in ways that result in improved learning for all students.
Feedback from student users of CampusReady showed that some didn’t have a clear understanding of why they were taking the survey, and some were anxious about their performance on what they perceived to be a “test,” despite our assurances that there are no right or wrong answers. So we developed this short, fun video to explain the goals of the diagnostic and to allay some fears. Check it out!
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