Teachers and staff at all Freeport-area schools explored strategies for building “grit” in a joint virtual professional development. Guest speaker Dr. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler of Northwestern University shared her knowledge on the science of grit and how this unique combination of passion and perseverance leads to long-term success. She evidenced how some of the most successful professionals, athletes, and students all possess specific grit qualities and habits. Freeport schools will look to encourage and build this positive trait in their students collectively.