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Paul Tough

Don’t Miss This Great GPS Speaker Tomorrow Wednesday, January 21!!!

The Glenbard Parent Series : (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families presents “How Children Succeed! Beyond Smart — How Grit, Curiosity, and Character Help Kids Thrive” at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 21 at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center (MAC) 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn.

Why do some children succeed while others fail? Can character, rather than IQ, be the secret to real and lasting success?

The story that is often told about childhood and success , stresses intelligence over all: with the greatest success coming to those children who score the highest on tests — from preschool admissions ‘exams’ to high school SATs. In this provocative program, New York Times best-selling author Paul Tough cogently argues that the qualities that matter most for life-long success in our children have much more to do with personality skills such as curiosity, optimism, perseverance, and self-control.

Tough’s GPS workshop will introduce parents to a new generation of researchers and educators who are using science to uncover the mysteries that help to mold ‘character.’ Through their stories, Tough reveals how these newly discovered insights can be used to transform young peoples’ lives. By showing how nature and nurture are intertwined, Tough demonstrates the surprising ways in which parents do—and sometimes do not—prepare their children for successful adulthood, providing a blueprint into how to improve the lives of all children.

Tough’s book “How Children Succeed’ has spent years on the best-seller lists. A contributing writer /editor to the New York Times Magazine, Paul Tough is also the author of “Whatever it Takes”, a compelling look at the groundbreaking work of the Harlem Children’s Zone and its leader Geoffrey Canada, named Best Book-2008 by the Wall Street Journal.Tough has also contributed articles to magazines including This American Life and The New Yorker, where he has honed his focus upon education, poverty, parenting, and politics.

Don’t miss this hopeful presentation which will change our understanding of the powerful role parents and other adults must play in nurturing character traits in our children — traits that both foster resilience and help insure real, lasting life-success.

The public is invited to this free special event at a very special location. Doors open at 6:30pm.

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, CASE (Cooperative Association for Special Education), he College of DuPage, the DuPage Medical Group, the Emmy Gaffey Foundation, and the Trust Company of Illinois.

For information on all GPS programming go to www.glenbardgps.org or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard Student and Community Projects Coordinator, at 630-942-7668 and by email @ gilda_ross@glenbard.org.

“What matters most in a child’s development, they say, is not how much information we can stuff into her brain in the first few years. What matters, instead, is whether we are able to help her develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence.” Paul Tough “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character”.