There are no secrets to success.

It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell

Grit ……

As we forge on with our Common Core State Standards, the Castaic Union School District is making it a priority to reinforce grit and persistence with its staff and students.  We know that these standards are new, and may seem difficult, but we believe that with determination and “grit,” our students will accomplish great things.


Check out the book, Fostering Grit, by Thomas R. Hoerr.  It’s a great book!  It details the importance of teaching resiliency and perseverance.  Our ultimate goal is for our students to be college and career ready.  They are our future!  


Angela Lee Duckworth is a psychologist who has studied the role that intellectual strength and personality traits play in a person’s educational achievement.  She has researched the idea of “grit” and how it contributes to a student’s success.  Check out the video below.


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“Grit is sticking with your future — day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years — and working really hard to make that future a reality.” Angela Lee Duckworth

“There are many talented individuals who simply do not follow through on their commitments. In fact, in our data, grit is usually unrelated or even inversely related to measures of talent.” Angela Lee Duckworth