January 29, 2016

We are constantly inspired by what teachers are doing to create classrooms that empower all students with learning mindsets and skills. Check out this great example of Chana Stewart using “process praise” to encourage her East Palo Alto 1st graders to operate with a growth mindset. Or read the story of Eric Butler and other Oakland teachers replacing ineffective zero-tolerance discipline policies with restorative justice approaches that contribute to a sense of belonging for every student.

Still, as educators ourselves, we know that the basic architecture of most of our outdated factory-model schools inhibit rather than helps great teachers to cultivate learning mindsets and skills in their students.

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