As the school year begins, we as parents, help our children make the transition from carefree summer days to the back to school routine. And while school has always been a place for learning and measuring academic development, there has been a significant movement to embrace personal development as well. Test performance, IQ scores or GPA are no longer the ultimate indicator of future success.   Rather, students are also being taught non-cognitive skills (such as empathy, curiosity and resilience) in a concerted effort to foster social-emotional learning.


In her article, 8 Pathways to Student Success, Dr. Marilyn Mitchell describes a model she created called The Compass Advantage. The model is designed as a compass with eight different tenets for positive youth development. She carefully explains each principle and its significance in cultivating emotionally mature individuals. Resilience, for example, is crucial skill that will help our kids persevere in the face of adversity.


To read more about Dr. Miller’s Pathways to Student Success, click here.


Works Cited:

Miller, M. (2015, January 7) 8 Pathways to Every Student’s Success. Edutopia. Retrieved on August 22, 2018 from