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Documents and Resources


Documents & Resources 

Institutional Effectiveness Committee Meeting Information
Note: Minutes of meetings will post here.


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

Aamodt, S., & Wang, S. "Building Self-Control, the American Way," NY Times, Feb 17, 2012.

Bennet, Drake, "What Does the Marshmallow Test Actually Test?" Bloomberg Businessweek, Oct. 17, 2013

Berrett, Dan. "Habits of Mind: Lessons for the Long Term," The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 8, 2012.

De Marzio, Darryl M. “The Care of the Self: Alcibiades I, Socratic Teaching and Ethics Education,” The Journal of Education 187.3.

Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(6), 1087-1101.

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

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," January 2013

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

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

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


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 

"Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key to Success? Grit," TED Talk, April 2013

PBS Newshour story on why students underperform (includes discussion of efforts to transform students and help them find purpose)

"Back to School," Episode #474 of This American Life, available online at

"Dudamel: Let the Children Play"

"El Sistema: Music to Change Life"

The Marshmellow Experiment: "Kids Marshmellow Test" [here] and "The Marshmellow Test - Tempting Theo" [here]. 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.

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" PBS Newshour Education Series

"Undefeated (Character Will Be Revealed)"

"Identify Your Strengths and Talents (by Tim Brown),"