Getting Grit: EduGuide equips school and college groups to narrow achievement gaps

on 11 September 2014.

Why do some students succeed at reaching and completing college while their peers fall away? Researchers have found that deeper noncognitive factors help explain the difference. 

Take "grit," for instance. Similar to persistence, it's the technical term for the ability to focus on long-term goals and to overcome obstacles along the way. Sounds a lot like the definition of what it takes for first generation students to graduate from college doesn't it?

Dr. Angela Duckworth won the MacArthur Genius Award for her work in studying grit and creating a psychometric assessment to measure it. Researchers found that a student's girl level is actually a better predictor of their success than their IQ. 

EduGuide reviewed the research and strategies to leverage it in an MCAN webinar this week. You can find a webinar video and related free resources here. EduGuide is helping schools, colleges and groups implement an evidence-based online program to build grit and other core learning skills with support from Michigan GEAR UP and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Interested in participating? Schedule a tour to get more details.

BryanTaylorphotoAuthor: Bryan Taylor is the president of EduGuide, a nonprofit that specializes in research driven tools to coach individuals to take measurage steps toward success.

Posted: September 11, 2014

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