October 14, 2015
By: John Fensterwald
Los Angeles Unified and Long Beach Unified are among the three urban school districts and a charter organization awarded a combined $2 million in a federal competition to create models for encouraging confidence, perseverance and other traits that make up students’ learning mindsets.
Both districts have been systematically developing learning or “growth” mindsets, which are the skills that teach students how to think and learn. They are also called non-cognitive or social and emotional learning. The two districts are part of CORE, the California Office to Reform Education – six California districts with nearly 1 million students that have a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Law. They are developing a new School Quality Improvement Index as a condition of the waiver. A piece of the index measures learning mindsets and other elements of school climate.