It’s almost time to begin the 2015-2016 school year--in fact, I suspect many of you are already well into your planning. I know I’ve been thinking a lot about how to engage my students. How do I develop a true culture for learning where every learner is valued and motivated to succeed?

Last week, I had the incredible honor of attending ASCD’s Leader 2 Leader Conference in Alexandria, VA with a leadership team from Arkansas ASCD. The purpose of the conference was to connect with other ASCD leaders, mostly from other state affiliates. We came together to inspire one another with ideas for the upcoming year. The focus this year was having a GROWTH MINDSET instead of a fixed mindset.

Psychologist Carol Dweck’s research forms the basis for the ideas behind Growth Mindset. The short video below is a great introduction to how having a Growth Mindset can be transformational in getting both students and adults to achieve beyond what they think themselves capable of.

- Caitlin Harris




Arkansas ASCD  - Influence and Advocacy Award 2014 - Affiliate Excellence Award 2011