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Here you will find various resources to organize your own UnivForum 2021, wherever you may be. These materials are obviously no replacement for the competitions that traditionally take place on Tuesday of Holy Week at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, but provide a substitute for the talks and keynote lecture.
In this link we provide a sample schedule to help you organize your own UnivForum 2021. We also have provided various materials that can be adapted according to your own interests. :
Here you will find texts on the challenges students today face in acquiring a serious education. These articles can be used for round-table discussions.
Reflections and short articles on specific aspects of education. For going deeper in specific issues.
For debates or discussion among the participants.
EVERY KID NEEDS A CHAMPION (7'36'')
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE (5'51'')
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
WHY IT'S WORTH LISTENING TO PEOPLE YOU DISAGREE WITH (11'22'')
We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial ideas and unfamiliar perspectives. "Tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn't make them go away," Wood says. "To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity."
STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS (15'41'')
Austin Stanford discusses the importance of intentionally seeking out mentors while also being aware enough to learn from those who color our stories, whether intentionally or inadvertently, every day. Mentorship has impacted Austin's life in major ways. So major, he considers it wrong to sit on the free treasure of what mentorship is and hide it from people who need it. Mentors are a constant in his life and are a perpetual influence. Those who have corrected and directed his choices and experiences have helped shape not only who he is, but even the titles of the chapters of his life.