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KEEP GROWING

How to foster hope in tough times

By Jim Knight
February 2021
At the beginning of every new year, I create a playlist for my friends filled with music that brings me joy. I call it my happy list. This year, as I chose my songs, I realized that a theme was emerging: new beginnings. As Nina Simone sings, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good” (Bricusse & Newley, 1965). This year’s playlist gives voice to my deep desire to turn the corner on the tough times we’ve all experienced this past year. I know I’m not alone in wanting a new beginning. For many, 2020 was the hardest year of their lives. In times like this, we can feel tempted to give up whatever fight

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Jim Knight (jim@instructionalcoaching.com) is a senior partner at the Instructional Coaching Group and a senior research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.


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