Contributed by by Heidi Erstad, WATG Board member
PERTS is an applied research center based out of Stanford University. The center has developed a free, evidence-based program designed to increase ninth graders' engagement, motivation, and ultimately success by laying the foundation for a growth mindset.
The online program delivered in two 30-minute sessions. Includes survey questions, short reading passages, and brief reflection exercises. Students will learn scientific evidence showing that the brain is malleable and specific behaviors that can rewire the brain and increase one’s intellectual abilities.
High schools can enroll in this free course at https://www.perts.net/orientation/hg to help freshmen navigate this often-fragile transition in a strengths-based way.
This month’s featured resource comes as a result of a question posed to the WISGIFT listserv about advanced learning in the teaching of history. (Thank you to WISGIFT listserv subscriber Andrea Lorenz for this resource!)
Stanford’s History Education Group provides field-tested materials for teaching students to be critical consumers of history. Resources include:
A toolkit of powerful tools for extending learning and creating informed and critical-thinking adult citizens.
Tools to Use Today
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