Recent results from a pilot test showed that teachers who used the professional development resources had an increased sense of self-efficacy as teachers and reported using more growth mindset classroom practices after the training.
What do the PD modules cover?
Five online modules introduce educators to key research in education, psychology, and neuroscience:
How should educators distribute PD module viewings?
It is recommended for educators to watch 1-2 modules per week, as this allows them sufficient time to learn and reflect on the material and to discuss it within the online community. However, the PD can be customized to fit other configurations, depending on schedule and preference.
How long does a typical Mindset Works EducatorKit implementation last?
Implementation is flexible. A minimum of about 4-6 hours of focused time is required to complete the activities, ideally spread over a span of 5-15 weeks, depending on school preference and schedule. The breakdown of individual Professional Development components is as follows:
- PD modules & resources: 1.5-3 hours total.
- Online Community discussion: 2-4+ hours for initial course implementation; available ongoing for school-based projects and engagement with the world wide community of educators.
- Toolkits: Can be used ongoing on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to organize and monitor progress.
It is strongly recommend that administrators/site leaders spend some time planning the implementation and manage PD activities and progress (including the Online Community discussion), and for teachers to spend some time planning Brainology activities for the classroom (drawing from activities provided in the Implementation guide).
Is the PD completed individually or in a group setting?
Each teacher will be able to create their own account and will have access to the PD course with any internet connection, allowing them the flexibility to complete it on their own from work or home. It is also possible, however, to watch the PD in a group setting with use of a computer projector and speakers.
How many teachers/administrators should participate?
The EducatorKit is intended to provide teachers/administrators with the tools and knowledge to help them support their students’ learning through both individual and social learning methods, including the sharing of reflections, tips, and expertise with fellow colleagues. Thus, the EducatorKit is ideal for whole school or whole grade participation. However, it is also possible to implement the EducatorKit with smaller groups.