Growth Mindset & SEL 101

1. What is a mindset?

A mindset is a person's attitude towards something.  It influences how a person will respond to events and people.  It gets formed by our earliest experiences and interactions with people and our environments.   (Read more...) 

2. What do I most need to know about mindsets?

Mindsets Matter
Research shows that mindsets are the most powerful force behind behavior. "Growth", "Empowered" or "Success" mindsets lead to self-empowered, self-directed learning and behavior.

(Source: U Chicago Consortium for School Research)

Mindsets can be taught
Students simply need brief information sessions about the brain and 'mindset muscles' and they immediately - and in the long term - show improvements in performance, attendance, and perseverance through challenges.

(Source: Harvard University report, "The Influence of Teaching Beyond Standardized Test Scores)

Growth Mindset AND Social Emotional Learning are Key
To create a lasting shift in student success academically AND socially, growth mindset training must also include social emotional learning (SEL) concepts, such as self-awareness, self-management and empathy.

See the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

3. Where can I learn more about mindsets and how to teach them?

Start with these resources:

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Growth Mindset Goal-Setting Workbook
Free pdf downloadable workbook with strategies, activities and research-backed summaries to help you spark growth mindsets in the classroom

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Empathic Mindsets in Teachers Reduces School Suspension
A recent study from Stanford University shows that when teachers were trained in empathy skills, school suspensions dropped by more than 50%. Here are 7 keys to bringing more of this essential skill to the classroom

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Agents of Authenticity and the Connection Economy
The more we reflect on how connected we are, and how every system we know is interconnected to all other systems, the more innovative we become – and the more we create things that are relevant and remarkable.

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How 'serve and return' relationships builds brain architecture
We all want to know that our existence is noticed. One way to know this is to see that things you do cause a reaction in others. Harvard calls this the ‘serve and return’.

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About Stefanie 

Stefanie Faye Frank's graduate degree from New York University and decade-plus of teaching and counseling has focused on the cross-section of neuroscience, mindsets and social emotional learning.  She combines this with biofeedback and paradigm-shifting insights from her experience working with mindfulness teachers, science researchers and thousands of teachers and students in communities all over the US, Canada, Latin America, Africa and Europe. 

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