Wednesday Jul 26, 2023

Reduce Homework Stress + Overwhelm

Dr. Erik Youngman, Assistant Superintendent


Dr. Erik Youngman is an education leader who is passionate about topics such as homework, growth mindset, grading, and leadership. Published books he has written include, "The Magic of Growth Mindset," and "12 Characteristics of Deliberate Homework," as well as a chapter for, "100 No-Nonsense Things That All Teachers Should Stop Doing." Erik has also written numerous blogs about growth mindset and grading.


This is his twenty-second year in educational leadership. Erik is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for Libertyville District 70 in Libertyville, Illinois. Previous education experiences include being a principal in Libertyville as well as an assistant principal and teacher in Gurnee, Illinois.


Erik earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Education Specialist Degree, and Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College


Episode discussion:

    1. What is the most challenging mental health issue in your school or district right now?: 
  • Stress, high expectations, and comparisons to other people.
What are the barriers to overcoming that issue, and what do you believe is the best approach? 
  • Barriers include high expectations from educators, coaches, and parents; time; comparisons on social media; short attention spans seeking immediate gratification and comparisons.
  • Approaches: explicit teaching about growth mindset, mindfulness, individual and tram progress, being teachable, and embracing and learning from mistakes, challenges, and ambiguity.
  • Tell us about your book + blog.
  • Where can people find you?
  • What is the one thing you want people to remember?


Please follow and contact Erik via Twitter: @Erik_Youngman or his website:


Dr. Youngman is willing to send guests of the Thriving School Community podcast a FREE copy of his book! Just connect with him on Twitter Erik Youngman


PURCHASE his book “The Magic of Growth Mindset” on Amazon here:




Twitter: @erik_youngman





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