This week, we celebrated the accomplishments of 29 of our schools that are reaching levels of excellence. Significant numbers of students in these schools are exceeding expectations and, in many cases, performing at exemplary levels on key measures. Also this week, I met with my student advisory board, a group of high school students who talk with me about how our work is impacting their learning. What struck me from both of these experiences was that when we hold a “mindset” that says we can achieve, we all succeed. Having the right goal and target paired with effort are the keys.
Carol Dweck writes that our “mindset,” or beliefs, “have a striking impact on students’ achievements.” Her work, and my conversations with our students, reminds me that no matter the circumstances we face, if we go in with the mindset that growth and intellectual development are under our control, we can meet and exceed all expectations, even our own.