Promoting a Growth Mindset

You, forward-thinking school leader, have laid your best plans for developing your staff. Instructional coaches: check. Comprehensive teaching rubric: check. But unless you can move the needle on mindset, you won't make much progress.

"Mindset" is Carol Dweck's term to describe the spectrum of attitudes that people have towards their ability to improve. Folks with a growth mindset will be able to make changes more quickly because they fundamentally think of their abilities as plastic and trainable. Folks with a fixed mindset will make less progress because they think they are already as a skillful or creative as they're ever going to be.

Promoting a culture of growth mindset among your staff will be essential if you are going to realize your goals for staff development. And it's going to take more than a few robust high fives (but high fives don't hurt).