Growth Mindset: Fueling the Brain's Affective and Cognitive Subcommittees for Literacy

Session Overview

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. in decades of research on achievement and success. Mindsets are beliefs – beliefs about yourself and your most basic
qualities. The growth mindset, the understanding of intelligence and abilities as qualities we can develop, has been shown repeatedly to have powerful ramifications on student motivation and learning, and school success. When teachers and students focus on improvement rather than being smart, kids learn a lot more.

Participants in this session will learn:

  • About developing a growth mindset for academic success and the dramatic role it plays in student achievement
  • How data analytics can help leaders develop a strategic and successful transition plan

  • Why brains and talent don't bring success, and how they can stand in the way of it

  • Why praising brains and talent doesn't foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them

  • How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity

Presenter Info: 

David Dockterman, Ed.D.
Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education and
Chief Architect, Learning Sciences

Literacy performance depends on a collection of the brain’s resources working together like a well-functioning committee. To master the complex components of reading and writing, students must want to succeed, believe that they can, and have the learning dispositions and behaviors that make it all possible.  


Dates and Locations
November 1
Kentucky Educational Development Corp., Lexington

November 2
Christian County Middle School, Hopkinsville

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

$99 KASA Members
$159 Nonmembers
If registering a team of five or more from the same district, fifth registrant is free!

Six-hours EILA credit available

Cancellation & Substitution Policy

Written cancellations submitted via email, fax or USPS mail will be accepted up to 14 business days prior to the event and a refund or invoice credit issued minus a $29 processing fee. After that time, you may send a substitute to attend in your place as refunds are not available for cancellations or no shows within this time period. Session materials will be shared with those who must cancel and who do not receive a refund.