Learning Mindsets

When students change their mindsets, they reorient the way they think about themselves as learners. A change in mindset is a high-leverage starting point for changing behaviors. Coupled with the right set of strategies and support in a learning environment, a mindset shift can lead to changes in the way students act, participate, engage, and learn in school. And this is why mindsets are so important—they are a starting point to helping students become more engaged at school and really hold onto the things they learn.

The sessions in this series explore three interrelated learning mindsets that have been shown to have the greatest effect on student motivation and success: the growth mindset (“my effort leads to growth”), value for learning (“this work has value for me”), and sense of belonging (“I belong here”).


Explore the research behind three fundamental learning mindsets (growth, belonging, and value) that motivate students to attend, engage, participate, and persevere in school


Explore the difference between a growth and fixed mindset and learn how the language educators use can help students foster a growth mindset


Learn about the role that sense of belonging plays in student’s academic success and identify practices that help students feel like they belong at school


Explore cognitive psychology research on teenagers’ perception of value and how to help students connect learning to their own values, interests, and sense of purpose


Reflect on ways that school practices and structures can support students in developing and applying these mindsets