Reading and success go hand-in-hand.
Dr. Joseph Cuseo, professor emeritus of psychology at Marymount College in Los Angeles County, will explain how reading factors into principles he believes make people successful in school and in life at an event put on by Start Making a Reader Today (SMART).
Cuseo is giving a presentation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Roosevelt Elementary called “I can be anything: a shout out to children who have learned to read.”
Cuseo is known for his work on studying what makes students successful in college. He has directed the “first year” seminar at Marymount College for 25 years, written a textbook and various articles, and received awards for his work.
He said it is worthwhile for people to come to his presentation, whether or not they’re involved with schools or SMART because the principles of success he studies are universal.
“I’ve labored over this for years — trying to figure out what makes students successful — over a 25-year period,” he said. “The same principles make people successful, whether or not they’re teachers, if they’re parents, if they’re employers — all these principles are important. These are themes of human success or life success that will appeal to everybody.”
Cuseo’s principles are:
■ Personal validation: students will be more successful when they feel someone cares about them.
■ Self efficacy: a feeling of control over the outcome of their lives; the feeling there is some connection between effort expended and results achieved.
■ Meaningfulness: students will try harder if they believe there is a point to it, a relevance and sense of purpose.
■ Active involvement: students are more successful when they’re not passive learners.
■ Reflection: students also need to step back and think about what they’re engaged in; they need quiet time to reflect.
■ Social integration: students will be more successful when they’re connected with others, when there is a sense of community.
■ Self-awareness: successful learners are aware of what they are learning; they’re aware of what they’re doing and why they’re doing it, and if they’re doing it well.