Date of Completion

Spring 4-23-2018

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Carol Ann Sharicz


Northwest Louisiana houses a collective impact organization called Step Forward. It utilizes several networks to create change within the region. Stakeholders of the Middle Grade STEM Network were aware of the impact of growth mindset principles and practices on educators and students’ self-efficacy and needed to train regional formal and informal educators in growth mindset principles and practices. After ruling out available options due to cost, two network stakeholders and myself collaborated to create our own growth mindset training. An initial mini-pilot was conducted in the fall of 2017 followed by a needs assessment and learner analysis. Three primary goals and two secondary goals were identified. The three primary goals are for classroom and community educators to (a) deepen their understanding of growth mindset practices and principles, (b) understand the impact on learning of those practices and principles, and (c) create a stronger and deeper learning environment for the students they serve. The secondary goals for this course are to provide classroom and community educators with additional support during and in-between each in-person instructor-led workshop and to continue to engage and deepen educator understanding of growth mindset from workshop to workshop. A successful four-part, blended pilot course was implemented in the spring of 2018 meeting or exceeding most of our goals and objectives.