Teaching students to develop growth mindsets is only half of the equation for academic and social-emotional growth. Students must also know how to engage their metacognitive and self-regulatory skill sets if they are going to succeed. In this highly interactive, “Live It to Learn It” seminar, you will learn current theories about self-regulation, metacognition and executive function along with many practical strategies that promote these skills by developing student mindsets and skill sets. If we want students to be excited about and prepared for life in and beyond school, we must teach in ways that put them in charge of their own learning brains. We do this through Intentional and Transparent teaching, that is, teaching with our students, not at them. While these skills are important for all learners, they are essential for our most at-risk learners. is seminar merges the art and science of teaching in ways that are meaningful, accessible and appealing for both you and your students.

Seminar runs from 8:15 am - 2:30 pm.


Participants will be able to:
• Incorporate the tenets of educational cognitive and neuroscience into your classroom instruction in meaningful and engaging ways
• Weave growth mindset thinking and strategies into your daily school environment and classroom instruction
• See how effort, discipline and deliberate practice contribute more to school success than IQ or innate ability
• Show students how to “Think Smart”, think deeply, and self assess regularly—essentially, to live metacognitive lives
• Implement strategies that foster good work habits and build self regulation and metacognitive skill sets
• Teach six foundations for creating a culturally, emotionally and academically safe classroom


This seminar is applicable for K-12 teachers, special education teachers and support staff, educators of gifted learners and instructional and curriculum leaders at the school and district level.




Kathleen M. Kryza, MA, is an experienced teacher and a consultant/coach who has presented in numerous school districts, nationally and internationally, for over 24 years. She has taught general education, special education, and gifted and talented students. Ms. Kryza is the co-author of several books including, most recently, Transformative Teaching: Changing Classrooms Culturally, Emotionally, and Academically (2015).