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SEEing to Lead

Feb 27, 2023

Dr. Erik Youngman is an education leader who is passionate about topics such as homework, growth mindset, grading, and leadership.  Published books he has written include, "The Magic of Growth Mindset," and "12 Characteristics of Deliberate Homework," as well as a chapter for, "100 No-Nonsense Things That All Teachers Should Stop Doing." Erik has also written numerous blogs about growth mindset and grading.

This is his twenty-second year in educational leadership.  Erik is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for Libertyville District 70 in Libertyville, Illinois.  Previous education experiences include being a principal in Libertyville as well as an assistant principal and teacher in Gurnee, Illinois. 

Erik earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Education Specialist Degree, and Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College.  You can learn more or contact Erik via his website  or via Twitter: @Erik_Youngman.

Key Takeaways:

  • Having a growth mindset is about being able to control your own future.
  • Embracing uncertainty is about figuring out how to ask questions and the why of what you're doing.
  • Growth mindset is about embracing the process instead of relying on the outcome.
  • We have to take risks to get the best answer.
  • Chat GPT is going to make us rethink how we not only assign homework, but also assessments.
  • Two very important questions we should be asking ourselves. How did what I learned today apply to life? How would I take this further if I had more time?
  • We need to ask how we can help students use modern tools better instead of blocking them. We also need to be curious about how we can leverage the power of these tools.

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