Intro to a Growth Mindset 

What is Mindset?

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

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 are our mindsets important?

Research shows that people holding a growth mindset reach higher levels of success than people with a fixed mindset. Promoting, teaching, and fostering a growth mindset increases learning, growth, and motivation in the worlds of business, education, and sports, enhances personal and professional relationships, and increases achievement, productivity, and overall well-being.


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

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 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

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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 developing knowledge, skills, attitudes, and mindsets in five areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

To learn more visit the Collaborative for Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning (CASEL).