Is Environment the Secret to Students' Success?

At Elevate Teachers, we’re big fans of writer Paul Tough’s work. (click here to see a video of Tough discussing how children succeed) His research suggests that noncognitive traits, character and grit, lead to children’s success. In his recent book, Helping Children Succeed, Tough explains that these noncognitive skills are influenced by environment.

 “The best lever that we have to change children's environments when they're young is their parents or caregivers.”

“The best lever that we have to change children's environments when they're young is their parents or caregivers.”

Education Week recently interviewed Tough about how adults – educators, parents, and policymakers – can make a difference in students’ environments in and out of the classroom. In the interview, he discussed the science behind his work, why he thinks it’s unproductive to try to measure noncognitive skills, the importance of supporting parents, and why childhood should be a continuum.

Click here to read the interview