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The Research Behind Motivation, Performance and Well-Being
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When: Monday, December 3, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm
Where: Riverdale Country School
5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, New York  10471
United States

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Beyond the Buzzwords of Grit and Resilience:
The Research Behind Motivation, Performance and Well-Being







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Additional registrants from same school: $175


Target Audience

Middle and upper school educators.



Embodying grit and resilience can profoundly affect how students live purposeful academic and personal lives. The characteristics of grit and resilience are universal human traits, and in recent years they have received much attention in the popular and scientific communities. In this lecture, Jon Rosenshine, Associate Head of School, and Danielle Scorrano, Research Associate and Middle School Teacher at The Windward School, will discuss these relevant bodies of research that support the roles of grit and resilience and explain how specific non-cognitive traits presented in the research can be integrated to support the academic and personal flourishing of students. Educators will learn how to foster academic and personal strengths including intrinsic motivation, positive behaviors, emotional wellbeing, self-control, and executive functioning. The presenters will also discuss some of the controversies currently surrounding these important topics. Lecture attendees will gain a research-based framework as well as practical strategies for increasing grit and resilience in all areas of student life.


About the Presenters

Jon Rosenshine is the Associate Head of School of The Windward School. He has been an educator for over 25 years as a middle and high school English teacher and as a school administrator. After working at schools in New York City and Westchester, he came to The Windward School in 2013. Mr. Rosenshine’s research interests include ethical leadership and character education, especially issues of motivation, grit, and resilience. He enjoys sharing his interests by presenting workshops at local and national conferences, and he is currently working towards finishing a doctorate through the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In his dissertation, he is researching the independent reading habits and perspectives of middle and high school students as they engage with books either digitally or traditionally.




Danielle Scorrano is the Research Associate at The Windward School and a middle school teacher. In her role as research associate, her responsibilities include reviewing, analyzing, and communicating research that support the School’s program, presenting to faculty and at conferences, and establishing connections in the broader education community. Her specific interests in research include, reading and language development, executive functioning, grit, and resilience. Additionally, Ms. Scorrano has taught language arts, math, and social studies at The Windward School and is currently an 8th grade teacher at the Manhattan campus. Prior to working at Windward, Ms. Scorrano worked in schools in Baltimore County, MD and taught social studies at a charter school in the Bronx. Currently, Ms. Scorrano is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University in the Mind, Brain, and Teaching specialization.





Arrival and Registration


9:30am-12pm (with one 15 minute break)
Evidence and Research supporting grit and resilience, including one breakout session


1-2:45pm (with one 15 minute break)
Further discussion including a review of the current criticisms of grit and resilience research. We will have 2 or 3 further breakout sessions and a question and answer period.

Closure and feedback.



The beautiful Riverdale Country School Hill Campus is located at
5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471

We encourage participants to take public transportation. If you need to drive, some parking is available in Riverdale's bus turnaround after 8:45am.

Our meeting will be held in the MPR (Multipurpose Room) located in the John R. Johnson Student Center. Click here for a campus map.


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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