Annual Funder Briefing

Since 2016, the Mindset Scholars Network has hosted an annual briefing that brings the philanthropic community together with researchers and practitioners who are studying and applying core ideas from the science of mindsets and motivation. The event showcases the latest research, implementation, and results of initiatives related to student experience in both K-12 and postsecondary contexts.

Knowing that one’s voice is heard and matters—at an individual and a collective level—is critical to a person’s sense of efficacy, competency, and motivation; their well-being and outcomes; and their development as contributors to their community and broader society. Yet, educational environments are not often designed to be reflective of, or responsive to, students’ perspectives.

At the 2019 briefing, attendees learned what it looks and feels like for educator practice, institutional policy, and systems change to convey to students that their voices and perspectives are heard and matter.

View the agenda for a list of speakers and sessions.

Resources

Video essay

Selected Session Videos
Discussion with Student Leaders: Is My Voice Heard? Does My Voice Matter?

Panelists Ana De Almeida Amaral, Enoch Jemmott, Izadora McGawley, and Christine Rodriguez describe their work in education, including starting an ethnic studies course and advocating for more equitable access to guidance during the college application process. They discuss what is needed for students’ voices and perspectives to be integrated into the education system.

The Adolescent Brain: Insights from Neuroscience

Adriana Galván explains what we know from neuroscience research about adolescents’ need to be valued, respected, and heard.

The Role of Intermediary Organizations in Student Voice Initiatives

DeLeon Gray presents research about creating opportunity structures for belonging and shares examples from research-practice collaborations of what it looks and feels like for students to take part in initiatives that elevate their perspectives and ideas.

Student Voice in Mathematics Instruction

Panelists Nathan Alexander, Elham Kazemi, Dan Meyer, and Na’ilah Suad Nasir discuss how designing mathematics contexts with a focus on culture, curiosity, vulnerability, and structures for failure and redemption can lead to better mathematics learning and achievement.

Briefing Book

Learn more by downloading the event pre-read, which contains overviews of relevant Mindset Scholars Network initiatives, profiles of featured speakers and organizations, and recommendations for additional reading.

Research tells us that students’ perceptions related to growth mindset (the belief that intelligence can be developed) and relevance and purpose (the belief that one’s schoolwork matters) are levers for improving students’ motivation and psychological experience of school. But before students grapple with questions like, “can I get better at this subject?” or, “what is the value of this material?” they face an even more foundational question about their classroom and school: “Am I someone who belongs here?”

At the 2018 briefing, attendees explored the field of belonging, with a special focus on different types of partnerships between practitioners and researchers.

View the agenda for a list of speakers and sessions.

Resources

Strategies to support belonging in education
Read a four-part summary of lessons from experts’ remarks and themes that arose in discussions during the event:

Selected Session Videos
Studying Belonging in Education

Claude Steele, Mary Murphy, and Gregory Walton discuss the origins and future directions of research on belonging. They explain why belonging is critical to student outcomes and what it means to create places of belonging and identity safety. An overview of this session is also available on our blog.

Briefing Book

Learn more by downloading the event pre-read, which contains overviews of relevant Mindset Scholars Network initiatives, profiles of featured speakers and organizations, and recommendations for additional reading.

At the 2017 briefing, speakers with expertise in research translation led design workshops that had attendees envision how they might integrate the latest insights from mindset science into their work. The event also featured an early look at findings from the National Study of Learning Mindsets.

View the agenda for a list of speakers and sessions.

Resources

Briefing Book

Learn more by downloading the event pre-read, which contains overviews of relevant Mindset Scholars Network initiatives, profiles of featured speakers and organizations, and recommendations for additional reading.

At the 2016 briefing, speakers described how policy and educator practices influence students’ psychological experience of learning and school. They also demonstrated how science and practice can shape each other through relationships between researchers and practitioners, measurement tools, networked improvement communities, and the implementation of scientific interventions at scale.

View the agenda for a list of speakers and sessions.

Resources

Briefing Book

Learn more by downloading the event pre-read, which contains overviews of relevant Mindset Scholars Network initiatives, profiles of featured speakers and organizations, and recommendations for additional reading.