Paul Tough to Serve as the Closing Keynote Speaker at the 25th Annual California Charter Schools Conference!

February 25, 2018

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The 25th Annual California Charter Schools Conference is taking place March 26 to 28, 2018 in San Diego and will feature a myriad of exciting speakers.

2018 Closing Keynote Speaker Announced

CCSA is excited to announce Paul Tough as the keynote speaker on Wednesday, March 28 during the 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closing Plenary Session. Paul Tough challenges the belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole predictor of how well a child will do in school and in life.

In his bestselling book Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (2016), Tough ushered in a tidal change in thinking with his argument that curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control and grit are better indicators of success than IQ. He also offers a practical guidebook for educators, parents and community groups dedicated to improving the lives of children growing up in adversity, containing all-new strategies based in the emerging science of success. 

Tough identifies a phenomenon in our culture that he calls the adversity gap: Some kids, especially those growing up in poverty, simply have too much adversity in their lives, and others, especially those growing up in affluence, actually experience too little. He says that children develop character strengths when they persevere through adversity. And it's our job - the adults in their homes and their schools and their communities - to give them the support and guidance they need to manage and grow from those setbacks and disappointments. 

Tough is also the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America, which chronicled the inspiring story of the Harlem Children's Zone. In addition, Tough is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where he often writes on education, parenting and politics. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker and Slate, and on This American Life.

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