Wednesday, October 24, 2012

denise pope

Wednesday Live - Denise Pope from Stanford Challenges the Current School Success Model

Join me Wednesday, October 24th, for a one-hour live and interview with Stanford's Denise Pope, co-founder of theChallenge Success program, a research-based organization that develops "refreshingly practical curriculum, conferences and other programs for parents, schools, and kids looking for a healthier and more effective path to success." From the site:
"At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores and performance, leaving little time and energy for our kids to become resilient, successful, meaningful contributors for the 21st century...
"We believe that children come with a wide variety of interests, skills, capacities and talents. Children need love, support, limits and a safe environment to develop their full potential. This process of growing up is slow, deliberate and often unpredictable, and therefore requires that children have the time and energy needed to mature into resilient, caring and engaged adults. Challenge Success recognizes that our current fast-paced, high-pressure culture works against everything we know about healthy child development. 
"At Challenge Success we believe that the over emphasis on grades, test scores and rote answers has stressed out some students and marginalized many more. We all want our children to do well in school, and certainly there is content that must be mastered, but our singular focus has resulted in a lack of attention to other components of a successful life - the ability to be independent, adaptable, ethical, and motivated critical thinkers."
A Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education, for the past thirteen years Denise has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She founded and served as director of Stressed-Out Students (SOS), the predecessor to Challenge Success. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (and which she discussed last year on was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal. Dr. Pope is a 3 time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award. She has been featured on CNN, World News Tonight, the Today Show, NPR, and several other television and radio programs. Before Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, California and college composition at Santa Clara University.

if you feel you can't meet expectations, you are less healthy

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Our first step must be to STOP calling our children "GIFTED!" See Carol Dweck's work: