Stanford PERTS Releases ‘Mindset Kit’ to Help Educators and Parents Develop Students’ Learning Mindsets

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New online tools and videos provide practical advice to help students change their beliefs about learning to help them do better in school and in life.

Decades of research have established a powerful link between students’ beliefs about learning and their performance in school. When students have learning mindsets—for example, when they believe that intelligence is something they can develop and feel they belong and can succeed in the classroom —they are more motivated, engaged, and resilient. Studies have also shown that certain messages can help students develop learning mindsets and, in turn, do better in school.

Given the positive impact learning mindsets can have, many educators and parents want to know, “What can I do?”

That is why Stanford University’s PERTS has developed the Mindset Kit: A set of free online resources that introduces learning mindsets, describes why they are so important, and details what educators and parents can do to help students develop them. The resources have been curated into four comprehensive courses, or users can search the PERTS library for practices that fit specific situations. All of the materials are based on rigorous research and expertise from teachers who have successfully developed learning mindsets in their own classrooms.

The Mindset Kit currently includes the following courses:

Growth Mindset for Teachers (45 mins) - This course introduces teachers to growth mindset concepts and provides practices to help promote them in their classrooms.

Growth Mindset for Parents (30 mins) - Developed in partnership with Raise the Bar, this course provides activities, videos, and quizzes for parents to understand and help develop growth mindsets in their children.

Growth Mindset for Math (75 mins) - This course was designed specifically to help math teachers apply growth mindset practices in their classrooms.

Growth Mindset for Educator Teams (30 mins) - This course was created for teaching teams or for leaders who want to bring growth mindset work into their schools.

Additionally, PERTS has released two new videos developed in partnership with the Teaching Channel that give educators additional examples of growth mindset practices in action, Praising the Process and Encouraging Students to Persist Through Challenges. See this blog post on the Teaching Channel website for additional background about the videos.

For additional information about PERTS or the Mindset Kit, please visit the PERTS Resources page, which includes links to several research studies that have demonstrated the strong ties between students’ learning mindsets and educational outcomes.

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PERTS (the ‘Project for Education Research That Scales’) is an applied research center at Stanford University. It partners with schools, colleges, and other organizations to improve student motivation and achievement on a large scale.

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