Intro to a Growth Mindset 

What is Mindset?

Carol Dweck, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, conducted decades of research on intelligence, motivation, and achievement. Through her work she discovered there are two mindsets, or beliefs, that we hold about our intelligence, abilities, skills, and talents that greatly impact our self-perception, motivation, achievement, and success: fixed and growth.

A fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence, abilities, skills, and talents are fixed and cannot be developed. A growth mindset is grounded in neuroscience and is the belief that intelligence, abilities, skills, and talents are malleable and can be developed through attention, effort, and learning.

 Why is it important?

Research shows that when we hold our growth mindset we experience greater levels of engagement, motivation, and success. Promoting, teaching, and fostering a growth mindset increases engagement, learning and growth, and motivation in the worlds of business, education, and sports; enhances personal and professional relationships; and facilitates achievement, productivity, and overall well-being.


What’s the relationship between school readiness and mindsets?

Read Nurturing a Growth Mindset in Early Learners Across the Developmental Continuum Leads to School Readiness Part I and Part II

We can promote, teach, and foster a growth mindset by:

  • promoting, understanding, and applying the neuroscience concepts of neuroplasticity and malleable intelligence to our policies, practices, and processes

  • praising effort, choices, and learning strategies and techniques

  • viewing mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow

  • building a learning-oriented culture rather than a performance-oriented culture

For more information, research, resources, and tools visit Mindset Works (e.g. videos and articles).

Intro to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of adults and children acquiring and developing mindsets, knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes in the areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

For more information, research, resources, and tools visit the Collaborative for Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning (CASEL).