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)

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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 2018

While barriers remain, educators are forging paths toward implementing social-emotional learning in all schools. In this Spotlight, learn how schools are responding to students' developmental needs, the challenges of carrying out SEL, and how to find time for social-emotional learning in the classroom.

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Video: The Journey to a Growth Mindset

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Explore how teaching students about their brain plasticity helps them realize their ability to grow and learn — rather than remain in a fixed mindset.

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One of the most influential and hotly debated education studies in American history turns 50 this weekend. See what's changed on five key education issues in the decades since James S. Coleman published his landmark report.
July 1, 2016 – Education Week
Current ways of studying students' social-emotional skills must improve if they are to be used for accountability, experts cautioned at a recent gathering of education researchers.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
Suspension rates, school-climate surveys, and students' social-emotional skills are key factors as a group of California districts looks to evaluate how their schools are doing.
January 7, 2016 – Quality Counts
When students have a positive attitude about math, their brains operate more efficiently, according to researchers from Stanford University.
December 9, 2015 – Education Week
To foster traits like grit and growth mindset, teachers need to develop lessons that challenge students to work independently toward grasping key conceptual ideas, write researchers Brad Ermeling, James Hiebert, and Ron Gallimore.
December 7, 2015 – Teacher
Teacher Linda Yaron shares what elements she incorporates into her curriculum to help strengthen student opportunities for success.
November 10, 2015 – Teacher
Carol Dweck, who parsed the difference between a "fixed" and a "growth" mindset, clarifies her theories of intelligence.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week
Despite skepticism from some parts of the mathematics field, new strategies are emerging for teachers to help students develop positive learning attitudes toward math.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
Starting in 2017, students who take the national assessment will be asked to answer background questions on the noncognitive factors that affect their social and academic success.
June 3, 2015 – Education Week
Elizabeth Stein examines the benefits of a growth mindset, and suggests ways teachers can encourage it in students.
September 17, 2014 – Teacher

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