Today more than 300 Worthington teachers attended professional training at our Worth U professional learning day. The focus for today’s learning was on collaborating with colleagues to help all students maximize their learning potential.
Central to the day’s learning and how we approach our work daily in Worthington is the concept of a “Growth Mindset.” Author Carol Dweck wrote the book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” and each teacher who attended the training received this book. (You may want to read this book as well.) In her work “Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.”
Secondly, teachers heard from our keynote speaker Dr. Brian McNulty. Dr. McNulty is the Vice President of Leadership Development for the Center for Performance Assessment. His work and writing have been featured in leading journals and newspapers throughout the world. With our teachers today, he helped provide a structure for teacher collaboration and student data review called “Teacher-Based Teams.” This five-step process includes collaborating with grade level or subject-specific peers to:
- Step 1: Collect Evidence of Student Learning
- Step 2: Analyze Assessment Results
- Step 3: Plan for Instruction
- Step 4: Implement with Fidelity
- Step 5: Re-assess and Evaluate Effectiveness
As our teachers prepare for the 2015-2016 school year they will spend a portion of their summer learning and improving their craft. We’ll enter August focusing on a growth mindset and collaborating with peers to help each child maximize their learning.
This “WoTown Funk” video kicked off our event. (Caution: there is some very bad acting in this video…. But, you may recognize some of the faces, and you’re guaranteed to smile. Your team will help you, just watch!) Remember: Growth Mindset and Collaboration!
– Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent