November 1st, 2016

A intriguing recent two page document describes the actual behavioral outcomes of empowerment competencies. An example of a competency area: Self Awareness divided into Emotional awareness; Accurate Self-assessment and Self-confidence. Here’s how Self-confidence is described : A strong sense of one’s self-worth and capabilities. Here are the behaviors:

  1. Present myself with self-assurance: have “presence”
  2. Can voice views that are unpopular and go out on a limb for what is right
  3. Decisive, able to make sound decisions despite uncertainties and pressures

Self-regulation, Self-motivation, Empathy, and Social skills are other competence areas. The attached chart Empowerment is from Twin Cities Rise, Empowerment Institute which works with low income people on the premise that these competencies underlie success. These competencies are foundational for all ages!

Noncognitive Measures are Critical to Success

March 21st, 2016

Alan Boyle writes in Noncognitive Measures: The Academic Trend That Could Change Everything of the importance of the skills and knowledge of grit, social skills, problem solving, self-discipline, working collaboratively and initiative. Schools’ attention to academic measures often overlook vital factors for success in school and life. Boyle points to businesses and universities that recognize these qualities for consideration in selecting applicants. He describes the noncognitive measures and assessments in common practice. This is a well-written and researched article with many links to further information, including Paul Tough’s well known How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.

Shedding Light on Learning

September 1st, 2012

The website, braincompatiblelearning.org has a wealth of information: upcoming summer conferences; 18 new short news items to stay up-to-date; graphics you can copy and use; articles; brief book reviews; provocative quotations; and other interesting, related resources; plus information about us.

Eighty-three new book reviews cover themes of Leadership, Special Education, Beginning Teachers, Literacy, Brain Theory, Instruction, Schools, Families, and Community Partnership, Curriculum, Assessment, and Student Performance.