Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part II/Classroom Practice – How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

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2 Units
Independent Study

Course Description

Engage Individually with Literature to Make a Positive Change in the Classroom

After completing the corresponding R.E.A.D. Part I Series course, launch a critical dialogue using How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character with other related writings and/or videos from the field of education that you will individually research. Engage within a professional learning community, promoting continuous improvement and professional development. Build on the ideas and perspectives of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, pursuing avenues of further research and action to improve education.

This course allows you to engage individually with literature to make a positive change in the classroom. It is one of many in the University of San Diego’s R.E.A.D. Part I and Part II Series that allows you to complete your reading and assignments at your own pace and when it is convenient for you!

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours


  • Use online research skills to locate relevant content articles and/or videos (many tips are provided)
  • Create a professional development presentation for other educators
  • Develop a personal implementation plan which will bring about positive change

Steps to Completion

  1. Upon receipt of enrollment and payment confirmation by email, detailed course instructions will be available under My Courses in your account at
  2. Upon completion of all assignments, you will submit an electronic file of your completed work by uploading it to the course under My Courses in your account at

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (K-12), administrators, early-childhood educators, museum personnel, community college level instructors, and other educators who are interested in earning professional growth in a variety of subjects, through the powerful activity of reading.

Course Materials: Access to the same book from the prerequisite course. Internet access is required.



Course Options

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EDU-X724MB – 009 Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $247

IS/Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part II/Classroom Practice – How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
Independent Study
Amanda Dolphin

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

What You Will Learn

  • Relate literature to the context of education
  • Influence professional educators to embrace best practices in promoting learning
  • Reflect on opportunities to promote positive change in education
  • Internalize the lessons from intellectual engagement with literature


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