Nudges, Growth Mindsets, and Student Success


May 4, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Research informs new approaches for promoting growth mindset and helping students to and through college.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Praising effort can have a “backfiring” effect for teenagers, reports Education Week. The article includes other strategies for promoting a growth mindset among this age group.
  • This week, high school seniors across the country celebrated National College Signing Day by committing to their post-secondary plans. The Philadelphia Inquirer recaps an event hosted by Michelle Obama, which 8,000 of the city’s students attended.


Higher Education:

  • Nudges, Norms, and New Solutions, a guide from the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia, ideas42, and the Heckscher Foundation for Children provides educators with information on using behavioral science to improve student success beyond high school.
  • As part of its Rethinking College series, PBS NewsHour speaks with LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow about the challenges faced by the average student, who may be balancing parenting and work with their classes.
  • “A majority of four-year institutions fail to serve their Pell students well,” states Third Way.
  • Karen Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, explains how programs that address campus food insecurity can help promote higher student retention rates in Forbes.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The Society for Science & the Public announces this year’s 50 Advocates, “who will actively work to find underrepresented students opportunities to participate and compete in science research competitions, inspiring them to engage in STEM fields.” Learn more about the Cooke Foundation’s support for this program and see photos of Advocates in action on our blog.
  • Cooke Scholar Jacob Sorenson shares college advice and details his aspirations to become a surgeon in an interview with ASU Now.


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