During one of the professional days in late June, staff from HMS and Underhill schools joined for a presentation on Growth Mindset, offered by Hannah C. Mariotti and Sarah Wagner, from Beacon Coaching and Consulting. Together, they have over thirty years experience in both the education and mental health fields. Growth mindset refers to people who think of intelligence as something that can improve and grow with effort and hard work. The concept of a growth mindset was developed by psychologist Carol Dweck and popularized in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Dweck’s educational work centers on the distinction between “fixed” and “growth” mindsets. According to Dweck, “In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits.” Alternatively, “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,” writes Dweck. Students who embrace growth mindsets, the belief that they can learn more or become smarter if they work hard and persevere, learn more, learn it quicker and view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning and skills.