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Parents, please see information below about the upcoming state gifted conference and the growth mindset. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Cox Business Center, Tulsa, OK

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ann Robinson

Other exciting features included in your conference registration include:

● Breakout and poster sessions addressing all grade levels, content areas and audiences;

● A discussion panel focused on STEM and its implication of the gifted;

● Student performances;

● Hot, plated breakfast served in the morning;

Cost of Registration:


Early Bird (Until Jan. 15)



Feb. 15)

Late Registration (after Feb. 15)









To register, please visit www.oagct.org .


What is Mindset and why is it important?


Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.  Dr. Dweck realized that there are two mindsets:  a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.


In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits.  They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.  They also believe that talent alone creates success--without effort.  Dweck's research tells us this isn't really the case.


In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work-brains and talent are just the starting point.  This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.  Virtually all people who achieved top performance had these qualities.  Research shows that people with this view reach higher levels of success than people with fixed mindset beliefs. 


Teaching a grown mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education and sports.  It enhances relationships, and increases achievement.


How can you support a Growth Mindset in your children?

Parents think, “I would do anything, give anything, to make my children successful.”  Yet many of the things we do boomerang.  Our best intentioned judgements, or lessons, our motivating techniques often send the wrong message, unintentionally.


The most important thing you can do to help your child instill a growth mindset is to praise them for effort rather than talent.  Messages like “You learned that so quickly!  You’re so smart!” teach the child that effort is a sign of weakness and that they either are or aren’t smart.  If they encountered difficulty in the future, they wouldn’t know how to deal with it.  Instead, messages such as “I like the way you approached that problem”, or “good job to hang in there and find a different strategy that did work”, or “sorry, that seemed to be too easy for you, let’s do something more challenging”, teaches kids that effort is something we can all benefit from to reach our full potential, and that they need to be working purposefully in order to grow.


What if I want to learn more?

Visit the Mindset website, mindsetonline.com, or read Dr. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.