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 There are so many great things happening in the classroom and in our lives!  This is where you can tune in to some of them.  Check back periodically or feel free to subscribe to posts!

Updates will be made to this website regularly, but many may be listed specifically under "Student Stories", "Word of the Month", "Useful Links" or "Good Reads".  This section of the website, "Bit of GRIT Announcements" is for general announcements or updates that may not be a direct match to any of those other options.


Grit 1.0-2.0 Workshop

posted Jun 4, 2016, 1:34 PM by Amy Lyon   [ updated Jun 4, 2016, 1:40 PM ]

I'll be teaching an all-day roundtable forum at SERESC in Bedford, NH, on August 9th.  Psychologists and teachers (5th-8th) would benefit most from this presentation.  A brief overview of my research will start the day, and then Grit 1.0 and 2.0 curricula will be shared. Here is the link to more info if you're interested:  Hope to see you there!

Expanded Grit Curriculum

posted Jul 8, 2015, 3:43 PM by Amy Lyon   [ updated Jul 8, 2015, 3:51 PM ]

The Edge School leadership team in Nevada, TX and I are working to create another year-long curriculum that will scaffold upon last year's grit curriculum.  I am currently in the process of writing monthly lessons to foster a "growth" mindset as opposed to "fixed," authentic pride as opposed to hubristic, and finally leadership.  These lessons will mesh nicely with the foundation already in place from last year and students will end this school year taking leadership roles that are important to them.  I'm so excited to be working with this dedicated staff for another academic year!  

Parent Presentation in Wilmot, NH

posted Mar 6, 2015, 5:36 PM by Amy Lyon   [ updated Mar 6, 2015, 6:03 PM ]

The Wilmot Community Association is hosting a "parent talk" at the Red Barn on Village Rd. in Wilmot on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30.  I'm excited to be speaking with my neighbors and friends.  Come join us if you wish... we'd love to see you! 
Photo credit: Mary Gutsgell

Edge School in Nevada, TX

posted Oct 31, 2014, 3:56 PM by Amy Lyon   [ updated Oct 31, 2014, 4:09 PM ]

A group of energetic, forward thinking teachers got in touch with me during the summer after viewing the Edutopia video.  They wanted access to my curriculum, as well as to consult with me throughout the year so they could continue to build students' character positively, specifically with "grit."  This dedicated, enthusiastic group has decided to schedule character ed with students for two sessions of "Blue Grit" thirty minutes per lesson.  We figured out how to videoconference (new and exciting for all of us), and have met a couple times to touch base, share ideas, and plan for the next month or so.  It has worked so well that I feel like I truly know this group of teachers and administrators even though they're in TX.  We've worked out the time difference, have shared quite a few laughs, and best of all, have all had a key role in helping some middle school students build some character they might not have on their own.  I always look forward to my virtual meetings with "the teachers from TX." 

Grit Grant - Partnering with Baltimore City Schools

posted Oct 29, 2014, 1:13 PM by Amy Lyon

Amy is working with a small team of people including Angela Duckworth, from the University of Pennsylvania Character Lab, to conduct a grant to increase GPA and grit levels in students within the Baltimore School District.  The observation part of the work has just begun in three middle schools, specifically in sixth grade classrooms.  As the grant work continues, emphasis will be placed on ideas and interventions that teachers can use to foster grit, and ultimately, hopefully, raise GPA scores.  


posted Apr 13, 2014, 4:27 AM by Samantha Cleveland   [ updated Oct 31, 2014, 3:59 PM by Amy Lyon ]

Not only was it an honor to have a crew from Edutopia visiting and filming the GRIT curriculum being taught in two of our schools last month, but it was so much FUN!  You can check out the articles, videos, and blogs at

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