November 22, 2017

#11542 The Growth Mindset and Teaching GRIT

Two Interesting Topics one great day of professional Learning!  “Mindset by Carol Dweck presents the “growth mindset” as the most essential element of success and happiness in life.  A growth mindset is a perspective on life in which we find validation from internal growth rather than external rewards:  Who we become is what we take forward forever.”

“Through extensive research, Angela Duckworth and her team have proven that the common denominator among spelling bee finalists, successful West Point cadets, salespeople and teachers who not only stick with, but improve in their performance is grit.”

This two-part workshop will first- focus on how do we instill a growth mindset in our students, AND how we as teachers can promote a growth mindset with in our classrooms. The key is looking at how we frame success, and the language we use to do so.  It doesn’t require doing more, just an adjustment to how we already do things.

Second, this workshop will focus on a learned personality trait known as grit. Those who have this trait are able to perseverance toward a goal despite being confronted by obstacles and distractions.  Participants will learn strategies that will help teachers model and teach grit.

Dates:                January 29, 2018

Time:                 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:          ROE Moline

Presenter:        Dara Carr

Cost:                  $125.00

Audience:       All Teachers & Administrators

Registration Deadline: 1/22/18



#11541 Makerspaces/Genius Hour

Two hot topics one workshop!!!


A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.” (Diana Rendina)Looking for a NEW idea? This maybe just what you are looking for- Come learn about the Maker Movement sweeping the educational world! This workshop is for those who are interested in what a Makerspace is and what it can look like within a school setting. A Makerspace can be simple or it can be elaborate.   Participants will explore Makerspaces and the research that supports them.

Genius hour is an instructional strategy that allows students to be creative and explore topics of their choice is a guided learning environment. Genius hour allows student choice in what they learn during a set period of time within a classroom environment.

The idea of Genius hour grew out of a practice used by Google. “Google, allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want.  The idea behind this is very simple.  Allow people to work on something that interest them, and productivity will go up.  Google’s policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50% of Google’s projects have been created during this creative time period.” (Chris Kesler, Genius Hour)

Resources and ideas will be shared for those who hope to start a Makerspace or a Genius Hour within their classroom or school.

Date:  January 23, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Presenter: Dara Carr
Audience:  All Teachers and Administrators
Cost:  $125
Hours:  4.5
Registration Deadline: 1/16/2018