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Imagine a learning community where optimism is contagious, mistakes are expected, struggle is embraced, perseverance and resiliency are nurtured and valued, and growth is the focus. In other words, a growth mindset learning community. In this interactive seminar, participants will explore ways to build a growth mindset learning environment. Focus for this session will include ideas and strategies for cultivating perseverance and resiliency, student goal setting, productive struggle, building a conceptual understanding of the brain, growth mindset feedback, and critical reasoning. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore children and young adult literature that can be used to teach growth mindset principles. Discover some of the barriers and common misunderstandings surrounding growth and fixed mindsets and discuss ways to overcome these hurdles.

Check-in registration begins at 7:45am.

The workshop runs from 8:15am - 2:30pm.


At this seminar, you will learn information about:

  • Explain why fixed and growth mindset thinking is important for our children
  • Implement strategies for building a growth mindset learning environment
  • Implement strategies for building resilience and perseverance in students
  • Identify ways to help students learn from mistakes and failure and embrace challenges
  • Identify children's books that could be used as a catalyst for discussing mindsets


This seminar is applicable for K-12 teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, counselors, and other educators that support classroom instruction.


ricciMary Cay Ricci is a former elementary and middle school teacher, central office administrator, and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins Graduate School of Education. She is also the NYT bestselling education author of Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Growth Mindset Learning Community. She has also written other books about mindsets including: Ready to Use Resources for Mindsets in the Classroom, Nothing You Can't Do! The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets and co-authored Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids. School of Education. She is currently a consultant and speaker and enjoys providing professional learning sessions across the United States and Canada.