Shifting Paradigms: Re-Imagining Student Success
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Friday, April 6 • 10:30am - 11:15am
(Closed Session) Creating a Growth Mindset Climate to Promote Student Success

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Note that this is a closed session; each college has registered two attendees who will bring back ideas and information to their home campus.

When students have a growth mindset, they can be resilient in the face of the inevitable setbacks they face in college. But how can college contexts be designed to convey growth mindset thinking throughout students' college experiences? This workshop will present a framework for thinking of the moments of "psychological friction" that undermine resilience and success--including pre-orientation messages, critical feedback in the classroom, negative interactions with bureaucracies, or harsh probation letters. It will also show examples of how colleges and faculty have worked with administrators and researchers and students to design, implement and evaluate ideas for improving the climate and increasing student success rates. Faculty will walk out with concrete strategies to try in their classrooms, and also suggestions for principles to keep in mind as you do this work.

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David Yeager

Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
To what extent does mindset drive performance? Sure, inborn talent contributes to the achievement of our goals, but to David Yeager, it’s our state of mind that makes all the difference. Yeager, an Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a leading authority on grit, performance, and the growth mindset—the belief that our abilities are not fixed, but mutable. And to him, this mindset is inextricably linked to our senses of belonging, certainty, and purpose. When we feel t... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-301 Melville Hall