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

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 grit 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 measured steps toward success.

Posted: September 11, 2014

Welcoming New Learning Opportunities

1407458086 YPS  file document to sign signature signed sign sheet contract paper page textOn behalf of the Michigan College Access Network, welcome back! While we never really "turn off" our efforts to improve college access, the start of a new school year brings new energy, new ideas and new opportunities. To celebrate the upcoming academic year and fresh opportunities for learning, MCAN is launching a blog!

Our blog will bring us an additional space to share our burning thoughts and questions related to college access as we work together to increase Michigan's college attainment rates and strengthen the college-going culture in our schools and communities. Expect us to dive into the Collective Impact framework, analyze new reports, and showcase some of the excellent work happening across Michigan. This will also allow us to share more about our Local College Access Networks through the LCAN Spotlights we feature in the e-newsletter and opportunities to provide an in-depth look at partners and programs in our state.

MCAN staff will be the main drivers in providing content, but we also welcome you, yes you, to submit a guest post. We will welcome guest posts that share a statewide interest for our network and readers. Submit your ideas to Lisa King at lisa at micollegeaccess.org for consideration.

The blog is built into the MCAN website. You can check it out at any time. And you'll be able to access it through our e-newsletter, Facebook page and LinkedIn page. Tell us what topics you hope to see discussed. We welcome your ideas and feedback!

In addition to our new blog, we're gearing up for a number of exciting opportunities to interact with college access professionals across the state and country.

Nearly 300 high schools are planning to host a Michigan College Application Week event this fall. Site coordinators were recently trained and are busy planning their activities and schedules.

On September 14, the MCAN team and I will be jetting off to my hometown, Phoenix, AZ for the National College Access Network annual conference. Our team always leaves the NCAN conference reinvigorated and we can't wait to share what we learn.

At the end of this month, our second co-hort for the School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course will kick off. We're thrilled to support more than 120 counselors through this course and are excited to watch them grow and bring new ideas back to their students.

We hope you are as excited as us to start the academic year. What are you excited to learn this year?

Brandy Johnson headshot 2013Author: Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network

Posted: September 4, 2014

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