Unlocking Potential: Fostering a Growth Mindset in Your Students

Summer Academy


Participants will reflect on Carol Dweck's research on mindsets and discuss research-based practices that foster a growth mindset in students. Participants will use a social justice and equity lens to examine the impact of race, class, gender, culture, language, and disability on students' self-theories of intelligence, motivation, and achievement. By the end of this workshop, participants will evaluate effective classroom practices that promote both equity and social justice as well as the development of a growth mindset in their students. Participants will examine their self-theories of intelligence, motivation, and achievement according to their personal and social identities and discuss instructional strategies that nurture intrinsically motivated learners in the classroom. In addition, they will create action plans for promoting a growth mindset in their students.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Principals and Assistant Principals, Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents, Guidance Counselors and Special Educators; Grades 3 - 12.


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Darnell Thigpen Williams photo

    Darnell Thigpen Williams, Associate Director of Professional Development at the Collaborative for Educational Services for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) Education Contract, brings over 20 years of urban education experience in a variety of settings: classroom teacher, staff developer, curriculum specialist, program developer, and adjunct professor.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.