An Evening at Léman Manhattan with Paul Tough & GothamSchools

This past Saturday, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School’s Broad Street Ballroom was packed with 200 teachers, parents, school administrators and policy wonks in eager anticipation of a discussion with Paul Tough, celebrated author and contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

Hosted by Léman Manhattan and GothamSchools, the audience was captivated all evening as Tough spoke about his new book, How Children Succeed. Tough challenged conventional wisdom about the predictive value of test scores, and argued that characteristics such as perseverance, grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control play major roles in determining how successful children will be.

Gerard Widder, Managing Director at Léman, welcomed the audience and announced an unprecedented competition:  Léman is inviting all of New York City’s eighth graders to submit entries to their inaugural Jack Gantos Writing Contest, the winner of which will receive a four-year high school scholarship to Léman! Students are asked to submit a 1,500-2,000 word original short story or personal narrative by December 15, 2012.  Gantos, celebrated author of Hole in My Life and Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, among others, also serves on Léman’s Advisory Board.

As a part of the prestigious Meritas International Family of Schools, Léman Manhattan’s curriculum is based on a proven philosophy that stresses global awareness and critical thinking skills. Led by an inspired and talented faculty, Léman Manhattan services grades pre-K 3’s through 12th grade with “Personal Learning Plans” tailored for each student’s needs. Creative academic programming encourages growing minds to view the world as their classroom, including Touchpoints, which, starting in second grade, engages students from around the world in conversations about complex global issues.

We can’t wait to read our copy of How Children Succeed, and we highly recommend that you pick up a copy as well!