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Documents and Resources



Duckworth, A. L., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2005). Self-discipline outdoes IQ in predicting academic performance of adolescents. Psychological Science, 16(12), 939-944.

Edmundson, Mark. “Education’s Hungry Hearts,” NY Times, March 31, 2012.

Hanford, Emily. "How Important Is Grit In Student Achievement," MindShift, Oct. 2, 2012.

Konnikova, Maria. "The Power of Concentration," NY Times, Dec. 15, 2012

Konnikova, Maria. "You're So Self-Controlling," NY Times, Nov. 16, 2013

Light, Richard; Gardner, Howard; Dingman Tom; Steele, Katie.  "Reflecting on Your Life," Harvard Program, 2007

Light, Richard J. "How to Live Wisely," NY Times, July 31, 2015

Lipman, Joanne. "Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results," Wall Street Journal, Sept. 27, 2013

Rosenberg, Tina. "Where Private School is Not a Privilege," NY Times, May 8, 2013

RP Group. "Student Support (Re) Defined: Using Student Voices to Redefine Support," Jan. 2013

Sullivan, Brendan Jay. "My Life with Lady Gaga,", Aug. 27, 2013

Tough, Paul. "What if the Key to Success is Failure?" NY TImes, Sept. 14, 2011.

Tough, Paul. “Who gets to graduate?” NY Times, May 15, 2014

U.S. Department of Education. "Promoting Grit,Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century," Feb. 2013 [Draft].

Wallace, Kelly.  "Have Our Kids Gotten Soft?" CNN, Oct. 14, 2015

White, Mercedes. "Service projects help students connect math, reading to real world," Desert News, Feb. 15, 2012



Bain, Ken. What the Best College Teachers Do, Harvard University Press, 2004.
Bain, Ken. What the Best College Students Do, Belknap Press of Harvard U P, 2012.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 1st ed., 2008
Keogh, Martin, ed. Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World, North Atlantic Books, 2010.
Mooney, Jonathan. The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, St. Martin's Griffin, 2007.
Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Riverhead Books, 2009.
Seligman, Martin E. P. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, Free Press (reprint edition), 2012.
Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Videos and Films

"The Marshmallow Test - Theo", 2009 In the late 1960s Walter Mischel, then a psychologist at Stanford University, developed an experiment to test the willpower of four-year-olds. The experiment is known as the marshmallow test. Below are links to two short recorded interpretations of that experiment. The experiment was originally designed to study how children exercise self-control. The study raises many questions about grit, perseverance and discipline, and how to develop those attributes.