Current Events

  • Upcoming – Grit Lessons for kids: During this current academic year, I’m going to offer Grit 1.0, the first year of my grit curricula, to kids after school. I’ve never done this before! As of now, the plan is to offer the lessons in New London, NH, to students in grades 5th-8th, once a month. There are ten lessons in all, and students would be invited to attend one-hour classes each month during the academic year. More details to come!
  • August, 2017 – Hillsboro-Deering: I am scheduled to speak with teachers in the Hillsboro-Deering School District. We talked and collaborated a few hours last summer during a workshop for which they hired me, and I’m thrilled to be asked back.
  • Ongoing – Merrimack County Jail: The Merrimac County Jail recidivism rate matches the national average – 50%. I’ve joined five others, affiliated with Plymouth State, UNH, and the county jail, to make a team whose goal is to create an effective curriculum to offer inmates to decrease that particular statistic. We’re trying to develop lessons that would help nurture certain virtues in adults such as optimism, motivation, and self-control. This is exciting, important work and I’m grateful to be included in this enthusiastic endeavor.
  • July, 2017 – Toolbox Project: Three Sunapee teachers and I just returned from Ann Arbor, MI where we collaborated with researchers from UPenn and the University of MI. We are in the second year of a three-year project pairing psychologists with educators to develop and deliver a well-designed set of lessons on self-control.   Angela Duckworth and Ethan Cross are the head researchers, and eventually this project will turn into a large scientific study. That’s all I can tell you for now!
  • May, 2017 – NEC: I spoke at NEC’s faculty retreat at the end of the last academic year. They love the idea of “grit,” and are wondering how to instill it in college students. Great idea, right?
  • May, 2017 – Washington School District: The faculty of the lovely Washington Elementary School here, in NH, asked me to join them for a small presentation and discussion about fostering grit in their students.
  • October, 2016 and April, 2017 – AGS Middle School: I spent two days, one each of those months, working with AGS Middle School educators. What a fun group! They were interested in delivering all three years of my grit curricula to their middle school students and offered suggestions and advice for revisions.