Category: Educational Leadership

The Roots of Achievement, Part 2: Experiences

Posted October 7, 2019 by Mark Perna Achievement doesn’t happen overnight. Like a tree, it has roots. And it’s the strength and depth of the roots that...

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The Roots of Achievement, Part 1: Academics

Posted September 23, 2019 by Mark Perna A successful education and career path is like a tree. We see and admire the sturdy trunk, the spreading branches,...

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Founder’s Perspective: The Skill of How to Learn

Posted August 12, 2019 by Mark Perna The 2019–20 school year is upon us, and it’s a busy time. Everyone is prepping and planning and putting together...

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TFS Founder’s Perspective: We Should Be Making Students Career Ready, Period.

Posted May 25, 2019 by Mark Perna “College and Career Ready.” It’s a great promise. It inspires confidence. It makes me want to get behind the organizations...

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Education with Purpose: A Paradigm Shift

Posted April 23, 2019 by Mark Perna Direction. Confidence. Marketable skills. Passion. All of these things are essential ingredients in a person’s lifelong success—and it’s the laudable...

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Soft Skills…Are You Kidding Me?

Posted April 8, 2019 by Mark Perna Are soft skills important in the age of the technical skills gap? Yes, they are—more than ever. In 2016, The...

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Founder’s Perspective: Motivating Young People with a “For-Now” Direction

Posted March 25, 2019 by Mark Perna “Career exploration can be done later. Now’s the time to enjoy your high school years.” This attitude is surprisingly prevalent...

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The Danger of Education for Education’s Sake

Posted March 11, 2019 by Mark Perna Education for education’s sake alone sounds noble, doesn’t it? No mercenary motivations here, just pure learning and the acquisition of...

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Growth Mindset: Sure, Students Should Have It…What About You?

Posted February 25, 2019 by Mark Perna Growth mindset, a term coined by Dr. Carol Dweck, is a popular topic these days. I’ve written about it before...

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Why Sir Ken Robinson is Right

Posted December 10, 2018 by Mark Perna I have long admired Sir Ken Robinson and his innovative take on our educational systems. I especially enjoy the RSA...

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