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Podcast: Teacher Mindsets and Student Success

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As the education sector increasingly focuses on students’ social and emotional development, a growing body of research points to the importance of teachers to that work. Through the messages they send and the experiences they provide in classrooms, teachers shape students’ psychological experiences of schooling, their motivation to learn, and their achievement levels.

Our new report on teacher mindsets examines the research and profiles schools at the forefront of efforts to shift adult perceptions and practices in ways that strengthen students’ view of themselves as learners and their motivation to learn.

In this podcast, FutureEd Director Thomas Toch explores these issues with:

  •  Lynn Olson, a FutureEd senior fellow and co-author of the recent FutureEd report: Teacher Mindsets: How Educators’ Perspectives Shape Student Success
  • Mary Murphy, a professor at the Indiana University, who has done groundbreaking research on how teacher mindsets influence children of color and students living in poverty
  • Belicia Reaves, who leads the high school at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., who speaks about strategies for shifting teacher mindsets
  • Lakisha Scarlett, a kindergarten teacher at the Browne Education Campus in the District of Columbia public school system. who stresses the value of home visiting.

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Read the FutureEd report on teacher mindsets

Photo courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.