Angela Duckworth to Address National Summit on Education Reform

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 6, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Foundation for Excellence in Education today announced that Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, will address the 2016 National Summit on Education Reform on Thursday, December 1 in Washington, D.C.

"Developing grit depends so much on an environment that is both challenging and supportive," said Duckworth. "When children are not on course for developing grit or anything else, the first question we should ask is what we as adults can do better."

Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Founder and Scientific Director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Duckworth has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. She has also been a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

"At our national summit, we place a premium on exposing attendees to the brightest and most innovative minds in education," said ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque. "Angela Duckworth certainly accomplishes that mission. Her research demonstrates that succeeding in the classroom is dependent not on inflated self-esteem, but rather on having the grit and determination to succeed."

Now in its ninth year, the summit will be held in Washington, D.C. from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. ExcelinEd Founder and Chairman Governor Jeb Bush will open the summit with a morning keynote address on Thursday, December 1. The two-day event will feature general sessions with nationally renowned speakers plus strategy sessions featuring policy experts, legislators and education leaders discussing topics ranging from personalized learning and educational choice to solutions for states implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

This unique gathering is a one-stop shop for state policymakers and education leaders who want a comprehensive overview of all elements of education reform. The goal is to share lessons learned across states and arm leaders with the knowledge and know-how to champion all students in every classroom.

Last year's National Summit was attended by more than 900 education leaders from 45 states and D.C.

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Keynote addresses and strategy sessions will be open to the media. Members of the press interested in covering the event must request credentials in advance of the summit. Media registration will open online soon.

Special thanks to our sponsors for their support of the 2016 National Summit on Education Reform. Achiever: The Susan & Bill Oberndorf Foundation, Walton Family Foundation; Reformer: College Board, McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson; Scholar: Amplify, Charter Schools USA, Doris & Donald Fisher Fund, K12, Northwest Evaluation Association and State Farm.

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