Week One: Soft Skills Prioritization Poll Results Are In!

 

Last week, we launched a new month-long web poll to help us learn which "soft skills" parents, educators, and youth program leaders are most interested in helping kids develop. We will take the results from this informal poll into consideration as we continue our work in creating research-based surveys that measure the development of noncognitive skills, as well as in our national initiatives to prioritize and measure these skills. We will also be providing weekly updates that feature the noncognitive skill that is leading in the poll, and at the end of the month, we will share the final results with visitors to our websites.

As promised, the results from our first week are in! This week's leading noncognitive skill is PERSEVERANCE. Perseverance is the capacity to stick to a goal or complete a task despite difficulties. Perseverance is illustrated by qualities like grit, tenacity, delayed gratification, self-discipline, self-control, and passion for long-term goals.

Watch the video below to hear Search Institute President and CEO, Kent Pekel talk about perseverance and other interesting findings from the poll results.

We encourage you to use the questions below to start conversations about perseverance with young people.

Our poll will be live on the Search Institute website and on ParentFurther.com until Saturday, September 7. We will continue to provide weekly updates that feature the noncognitive skill that is leading in the poll. Information will also be shared on which skills have moved up or down in the rankings. At the end of the month, we will share the final results with visitors to our websites. These results will also be utilized in national initiatives to prioritize and measure noncognitive skills. Click here to take the poll!

Publish Date: 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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