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“A ‘Stunning’ Level of Student Disconnection”

Originally posted in our April 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Over the last two years, we’ve seen significant shifts in policy around COVID-19. Changes to school, work, and public life were all topped off with extreme ambiguity about when things would get back to normal. For many college students, this constant state of the unknown seems to have had more significant impacts than we first realized. Across the country, higher education faculty are reporting devastating rates…

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“Essential Life-Learnings from 14 Years of Brain Pickings: Choose Joy”

Originally posted in our March 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. We end this month’s Top of Mind by reflecting on “choosing joy” from the blog formerly known as Brain Pickings (now The Marginalian). Maria Popova writes beautifully about how we should choose joy “at first consciously, effortfully, pressing against the weight of a world heavy with reasons for sorrow, restless with need for action.” She urges us to choose joy despite all that the world throws…

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“The resilience imperative: Succeeding in uncertain times”

Originally posted in our March 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. As we have examined this month, there are significant ways we should explore our personal and organizational frames of mind. To become resilient to an ever-changing future, we need to adjust our assumptions. This piece from McKinsey shows a direct call to action to make our organizations more resilient.  The article outlines the imperative for organizational resilience while also describing the various dimensions of resilience we…

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“How thinking about ‘future you’ can build a happier life”

Originally posted in our March 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. If someone were to ask you to think about your future self, who would you imagine? In this piece from the BBC, the author discusses two general ways people answer this question. One is a relatively vivid picture of the self who is well connected to the person’s current identity. The other is, in many ways, a stranger to the present person. Interestingly, the difference between…

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“How do you improve classroom learning? Hire students to help.”

Originally posted in our February 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Thinking beyond early childhood learning, how can we better improve classroom outcomes for college students? According to Virginia Tech, one way is to enlist the help of undergraduate teaching assistants (TAs).  In a recent post about campus experience, the university highlights the impact of their Engage Undergraduate TA Program. The program benefits students, faculty, and learning experiences. From offering more engaging group work to enabling more…

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“Want better child care? Invest in entrepreneurial training for child care workers”

Originally posted in our February 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Regarding bringing up our youth, let’s look at another system outside of the home where we place this responsibility.  Early child care is where many children get their start in education. So, what better than to set this kind of learning environment up in an empowering way? In this article from The Conversation, we learn about the enormous benefits of training child care educators in entrepreneurial…

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“The Need to Matter”

Originally posted in our January 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. To close out this month’s thoughts, we wanted to turn to what makes people happy in their life and work. In the face of massive uncertainty, the need to matter in our lives has never been more apparent. And, it turns out, it is an essential component of being happy.  In a recent podcast interview, Scott Barry Kaufman talked with Isaac Prilleltensky, Chair in Community Well-Being…

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“Whiplash Leadership”

Originally posted in our January 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. In a recent article from Korn Ferry, we see the continuing impacts of the pandemic on business and organizational leadership. The everchanging development of COVID-19 forced many leaders into making one decision, only to have them change it when the situation shifted. This kind of decision-making has a name, Whiplash Leadership. The issue is this kind of leadership often leads to a lack of clarity from…

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“Why are Americans choosing to quit their jobs in record numbers?”

Originally posted in our January 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Chances are, you have heard about the Big Quit or the Great Resignation. In the US, the number of people quitting their jobs has never been higher than it is right now. In a recent 60 Minutes report, we hear from workers, employers, and others looking at national trends. So who is leaving, and why? While there are many nearing retirement age and exiting their careers…

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