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The Value of Grit

Written on March 9th, 2016

July 4-5 2016

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Years ago, when I was in teachers college, my wife and I were talking about education.  We were discussing the traits of strong students.  During our conversation, my wife identified what she believed to be the most important trait of a strong student: perseverance.  She believed that it wasn’t the smartest students who achieved the highest levels of success, but the students who wouldn’t give up, despite failed attempt after failed attempt, until they arrived at the correct answer.  That idea has stuck with me over the years and is regularly reinforced by what I have seen as an educator.  Grit is a critical aspect of student learning. The question is, how can we develop it in our students?  In this workshop I will be discussing the value of grit, how it fits in with Expeditionary Learning, and how we develop it in our students.

Instructor: Jason Schouten

Redeemer University College

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$225.00 for Edifide Members
$285.00 for non-members

(minimum: 11)


Jason Schouten is currently the principal at St. Thomas Community Christian School. He believes that all children are image bearers of the one true God.  He loves to see the potential in children as they demonstrate their creativity, resilience and uniqueness.  Jason also serves on the Board of Governors at Redeemer University College. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Educational Studies program at Western University.  His thesis focuses on masculinity.  Prior to being a principal, Jason was a support teacher in high school behaviour programs at Pitt Meadows Secondary School and Maple Ridge Secondary School in British Columbia.  Jason has also coached basketball at the university, high school and elementary levels, as well as the national, provincial and club levels.