Expanding Our Notion of Success

A-B Challenge Success Newsletter- April 2017

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FOCUS: Mindset!

This month's Expanding Our Notion of Success newsletter focuses on mindset.


Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success - a simple idea that makes all the difference. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. - https://mindsetonline.com/

TedTalk- The Power of Believing You Can Improve with Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck researches growth mindset - the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that's slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it... or have you just not solved it YET?
The power of believing that you can improve | Carol Dweck
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Mindset Messages in Our Schools

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Elementary Read Aloud Books for Mindset

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Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

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Books to Consider

More Reading

Carol Dweck Explains the False Growth Mindset

Click here for How Praise Became a Consolation Prize in the 12/2016 edition of the Atlantic.

Family Learning Series Event: Academic Mindsets Their Role in Learning, Parenting and Teaching

Wednesday, April 5th, 7-8:30pm

RJ Grey Auditorium: 16 Charter Road, Acton, MA 01720

Think back to when you or someone you know struggled to learn something new. Did you attribute this struggle to a lack of ability ("I'm just not good at math") or to a lack of effort ("I just need to keep working at it")? Research has shown that the ways in which students respond to challenge and failure depends, in part, on what they believe about the nature of ability and intelligence. Students who believe that intelligence can be improved over time (i.e. who have a "growth mindset") tend to exhibit more adaptive patterns of academic behavior than students who believe that intelligence cannot be changed (i.e. who have a "fixed mindset").

This workshop will review recent research on academic mindsets and explore ways in which mindsets can be shaped by parents and teachers. Topics include:

· The effects of mindsets on students' motivation, learning, and achievement

· Strategies that can influence whether students adopt growth versus fixed mindsets

· The effects of parents’ and teachers’ own mindsets on the ways in which they interact with children

Dr. David Miele

Dr. David Miele is the inaugural Buehler Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor at Boston College. An educational psychologist who joined the faculty of the Lynch School of Education in 2013, Professor Miele conducts research on metacognitive and motivational processes that contribute to self-regulated learning in children and young adults.

Professor Miele is working on several research projects that focus on students' and adults' beliefs about how the mind works. A recently published study focused on parents’ beliefs about whether their children’s math and verbal abilities are fixed or malleable, including the effects these beliefs have on the ways parents help their children to complete challenging academic tasks in these domains. A subsequent study examined the effects of similar beliefs on the ways that elementary school teachers help students that they perceive as having either high or low levels of ability in a particular domain.

Originally from the New York City area, Miele received his PhD in social psychology from Northwestern University. His work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he currently serves on the editorial boards for Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, and the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. In addition, he recently co-edited a new edition of the Handbook of Motivation at School and received a Collaborative Activity Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation for a project titled "Implementing Principles from the Science of Learning within Educational Practice."

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Challenge Success Partnership

In the spring of 2016, ABRSD entered into a partnership with Challenge Success, out of Stanford University. Challenge Success aims to "provide schools and families with the information and strategies they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their kids." The team at Challenge Success collaborates with educators, families, and students to implement best practices and policies in areas such as assessment, homework, and schedule.

Challenge Success Mantra

At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. We provide families and schools with the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. After all, success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester.