Steve Heisler

Teacher Author Speaker


"Every single child wants to be successful. The problem is, if they can't be successful at being successful, they'll be successful at screwing up. Our job as educators is to change the latter to the former."    

- from the The Missing Link by Steve Heisler

Year Up

Watched an excellent report on 60 Minutes last night which detailed the successes of the Year Up program. It is powerful, of course, but for me especially exciting because it supports my book’s supposition that everyone wants to be successful and if they cannot be successful at being successful, they'll be successful and screwing up. What Year Up does, or so it appears, is that it gives a group of young people the opportunity as well as some of the tools to be successful at something worthwhile and then they do (this will be a shock) these young men and women become successful! What a concept! 

There is absolutely no reason that such significant success training could not easily be a part of every instructional period, in every class, in every school. Every day that it is not is another day that students that need it the most will founder.