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, imagine a growth mindset learning community. In this interactive seminar, you will explore ways to build a growth mindset learning environment in your classroom and school. The focus for this seminar will be on ideas and strategies for cultivating perseverance and resiliency in your students, student goal setting, productive struggle, building a conceptual understanding of the brain, growth mindset feedback, and critical reasoning. You will participate in break out groups to discuss leading with optimism and have an opportunity to explore 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. You will leave this workshop with ideas and strategies that can be implemented immediately as well as your own goals for creating a growth mindset learning community.

Check-in registration begins at 7:45am.

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


Participants will be able to:

  • Understand why fixed and growth mindset thinking is important for our children
  • Implement a variety of strategies for building a growth mindset learning environment
  • Develop ways to nurture and build resilience and perseverance in students
  • Identify ways to help students learn from mistakes and failure and embrace challenges
  • Motivate students through teaching them about how their brains learn
  • Discover how to use children’s books as a catalyst for discussing growth mindsets
  • Overcome perceived barriers for building a growth mindset culture


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


ricciMary Cay Ricci, MSEd, 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 (2013). Mary Cay Ricci is also author of Nothing You Can’t Do! The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets (2018) and Ready to Use Resources for Mindsets in the Classroom (2015) and co-author of Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids (2016). She currently consults, lectures, and provides professional learning sessions across the United States and Canada.