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Tuesday, March 13 • 10:30am - 11:45am
When Grit Isn't Enough

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Each year, as the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), an urban high school that boasts a 94 percent college acceptance rate, Linda Nathan made a promise to the incoming freshmen: “All of you will graduate from high school and go on to college or a career.” But of those who went to college, a third dropped out. After 14 years, Nathan stepped down and reflected on ideas she and others have perpetuated about education: that college is for all, that hard work and determination are enough to get you through, that America is a land of equality. Linda interviewed more than 80 BAA alumni and gathered her findings in When Grit Isn't Enough, published in October 2017.

In this session, Linda will explain her research and findings from When Grit Isn’t Enough, which investigates five assumptions that dominate our thinking about education, revealing how these beliefs mask systemic inequity, while also sharing other educational models that embrace arts and creativity as alternative models to traditional models of teaching. Participants will gain greater understanding of these assumptions as they have been internalized and manifest in their schools and organizations.

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Linda Nathan

Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship
Linda Nathan is Executive Director of the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS), which develops and supports innovative and tenacious leaders in education to build more equitable, collaborative, and creative communities. Dr. Nathan is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School... Read More →

Tuesday March 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
551 A - Convention Center