Our Mindset series continues with advice from Dr. Dustin Bindrieff of Mindset Works on how to secure funding for initiatives to promote growth mindset in your district.
Research confirms “A child’s beliefs about learning profoundly shape that child’s experiences at school and ultimately their life trajectory.” Unfortunately, a 2016 Education Week poll found that while 98% of teachers surveyed felt a growth mindset in the classroom will lead to improved achievement, only 20% of teachers believed they were good at cultivating a growth mindset and fully 95% of those surveyed want more training in the area of growth mindset.
In order to help schools and districts meet this need, we wanted to share with you available sources that can help fund professional development, materials, and resources to better support teachers. Much of the following information is adapted from an article written by Ulrich Boser.
As Boser explains, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers education leaders several new pathways to promote student success. In particular, this legislation provides increased flexibility to design programs and schools that embrace “well-rounded education,” as well as providing state and local agencies with room to allocate funding to social-emotional learning programs and policies.
This article focuses on federal funding categories, but it is important to note that many states now include concepts such as resilience and perseverance in their definitions of college and career readiness. Even more states include social and emotional skills—including collaboration, social awareness, and responsible decision making—in their definitions. Exploring these pathways in your state and district’s funding may provide additional local funding streams to capitalize on.
Possible Funding Options to Explore
This chart summarizes funding options and how the funding in each area can be applied to provide “learning mindset” programs and training. Below, I will expand further on each area.
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