Recent research shows that students who graduate ready to succeed in college and careers have more than just academic skills. The most successful students pair cognitive skills with additional skills such as persisting through adversity, collaborating effectively and exercising self-discipline.
While we know that these additional skills are important, we want to learn more about the best ways to nurture them in our schools and classrooms. That’s why today the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement announced an exciting new grant competition called Skills for Success.
We’re asking the nation’s most innovative education organizations, schools and districts to apply so that they can learn even more about how to give students these important skills. In particular, we’re focusing on middle grades – that time when students begin developing the habits and mindsets that they will take with them through life.
If you are part of an organization, school district or other team that’s working on giving middle school students all the skills they need to succeed, we would love to have you apply. Learn more.