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Do you think that we have lost something valuable because of our fascination with test scores and AYP? Do you think that there may be a link between our overwhelming reverence with academic achievement and an increase in school bullying? Do you think it's important for us to create schools where kids feel safe and valued? If so, you may be interested in a book study group I am facilitating based on my ASCD book "The Motivated Student: Unlocking the Enthusiasm for Learning." It starts in 2 weeks and is free. For details, visit: http://edge.ascd.org/_The-Motivated-Student/BLOG/2273392/127586.html My goal is to gather as many educators as possible from around the world (literally) and discuss how to engage and inspire kids to value learning and succeed academically. If you're interested in student motivation and creating schools that broaden the vision of what it means to be "well-educated," I hope you'll join me and be part of this exciting conversation!