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Exec Director of EdNext offers counsel to SEL champions

Peruse an education-focused magazine or website these days and you’re likely to come across a reference to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). As with so many recent education trends (e.g., personalized learning, universal design for learning, etc.) proponents of the movement can be guilty of purporting to provide a “magic bullet.”

Basketball star learned generosity at home

Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (MKG) took 10 children to Dick’s Sporting Goods with the Partners for Parks afterschool program, each with a $100 gift card. That habit of generosity is one that he learned from his mother and one he practiced as a boy.

Can intellectual virtues deliver what grit can’t?

A focus on instilling students with persistence and passion—a character virtue identified as “grit” by scholar Angela Duckworth—has evolved into a movement with schools across the country working to integrate it into the curriculum.

Winning isn’t everything for this sports nonprofit

The Indianapolis Colts are sponsoring Indiana’s rollout of the InSideOut Initiative to transform the current “win-at-all-costs” sports culture in which value is defined by the scoreboard, into one that defines and promotes sports as a human growth experience.

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