What a student believes about their cognitive capacity is crucial to their educational and life outcomes. If a child, or adult, believes they cannot improve their learning ability or intelligence, then they have a fixed mindset. This presentation will give a review of the growth mindset research and include a few strategies on how to implement this powerful belief system, beginning with your own!
About the speaker:
Dr Jeanne Zehr is the Executive Director of the MINDCAP Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She and her team of 10 professionals serve children and adults who have a multitude of cognitive challenges such as ADHD, autism, brain injury, trauma, and gifted underachievers. She has served American schools since 1975 in many roles. From 1995-2009 she dedicated her energies to improving students’ achievement in Title I schools, where poverty levels are high. In 2007, she received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University, where she researched the topic of teacher belief systems. After serving as both a Principal and Assistant Superintendent, Dr Zehr transitioned to work in the non-profit sector, serving as the Director of Community Impact with United Way of Allen County. Since her first exposure in 1999 to Reuven Feuerstein’s belief that human capacity can be increased, Dr Zehr has received training at international conferences in England (2003), the Netherlands (2004), Italy (2008) and Romania (2010). Having worked as an International Trainer for the Feuerstein Institute since 2009, Dr Zehr has trained many groups of educators, therapists, and parents in the USA as well as in the Netherlands, France, Australia, Korea, South Africa, and Denmark. In February 2015, Dr Zehr decided to dedicate herself full time to her work as an international trainer for the Feuerstein Institute and opened the MindCAP Center. Her career objective is to spread renewed hope to parents and professionals around the world as they discover what is possible when individuals learn how to learn.