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Arts Corps Director Speaks to Grantmakers in Education About Out-of-School Time Benefits

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Mar 01, 2013
Seattle, WA
NWT

Elizabeth Whitford, executive director of Arts Corps, was one of three speakers invited to present during the webinar, “Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: Non-cognitive Factors and OST,”  hosted by Grantmakers for Education this February. This topic was popularized by New York Times writer Paul Tough’s latest book which sparked conversation in education reform circles about the role of “grit, curiosity, and character” in helping at-risk children succeed. The webinar examined evidence about the role of noncognitive factors in shaping academic performance and persistence. It specifically examined the new report “Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance,” funded by Raikes Foundation and Lumina Foundation, and produced by the Consortium on Chicago School Research.  The report focused on five categories of noncognitive factors (including academic behaviors, academic perseverance, academic mindsets, learning strategies, and social skills) and analyzed how these factors shape young learners’ success. Grantmakers in Education notes this research has “powerful implications for out-of-school time policy and practice, particularly since helping students develop the behaviors, skills, attitudes, and learning strategies necessary to succeed in school and life has long been a focus of learning opportunities and environments beyond the classroom.


About Arts Corps
Arts Corps is a leading non-profit arts education organization dedicated to developing creative habits of mind in young people. Based in Seattle, Washington, Arts Corps bring hands-on arts classes to youth with little or no other access to arts learning opportunities, predominately children in low income communities of color.

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