Growth Mindset

Students who believe their intelligence is not "fixed" and can be improved are said to have a "growth mindset." Below are the latest stories and Commentaries on this concept, including archives and special reports.

—Jori Bolton for Education Week

Mindset in the Classroom: A National Study of K-12 Teachers

Based on exclusive results from an original national survey, this Education Week Research Center report examines the concept of growth mindset as well as key misconceptions that could undermine its effectiveness. (September 21, 2016)

Spotlight on Growth Mindset

In this Spotlight, read how schools are embracing social-emotional learning, nurturing growth mindsets, and creating classroom opportunities for meaningful struggle.

Spotlight on Social-Emotional Learning

In this Spotlight, see how states are partnering on social-emotional learning standards, how ed tech is focusing on developing important character traits in students, and how noncognitive skills can help combat discrimination in schools.

Quiz Yourself: Social-Emotional Learning
How much do you know about how schools are promoting social-emotional learning, how teachers can encourage growth mindsets, and how educators are raising achievement through efforts to motivate students?

Video: What Is a Growth Mindset?

Video: The Journey to a Growth Mindset

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Letter to the Editor
Students Are Not 'Mini-Adults'
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
An experiment with embedding 'growth-mindset' messaging in software appeared to help students persist when they encountered difficulty, and raised ethical concerns.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
Too many kids are rushed toward the level they’re "supposed" to be on by the end of a given grading period, with little attention given to the path they’re walking to get there, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
April 18, 2018 – Education Week
An analysis of studies on learning mindsets suggests that praising students for effort, rather than for being smart, can backfire in middle and high school.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
Schools no longer have a choice but to be responsible for the well-being of their students, writes opinion contributor Peter DeWitt.
January 5, 2018 – Education Week
To close the achievement gap for low-income black students, we need a more diverse teaching force, writes Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
An Education Week Research Center survey highlights teachers' enthusiasm for the concept and their desire for more professional development on how to effectively use it in their classrooms.
September 21, 2016 – Education Week
Having a growth mindset may help buffer students from low-income families from the effects of poverty on academic achievement, researchers found in a first-of-its kind, large-scale study of 168,000 10th grade students in Chile.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
Before K-12 leaders measure social-emotional learning in the classroom, educators must prepare to help students develop those skills, writes K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard.
July 21, 2016 – Education Week

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