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Pan-American Life Student Success Center at Loyola University New Orleans Hosts Training Session on “Adaptive Mindsets”

Loyola announcement - August 9, 2017

In keeping with new and emerging trends at top-notch universities, this fall Loyola University New Orleans will launch coaching sessions for first-year students. Faculty and staff are invited on Friday to a training session on “adaptive mindsets” led by renowned expert Dr. Omid Fotuhi of the Stanford Interventions Lab.

The training runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. All faculty and staff are invited to participate in a 9 a.m. overview in Nunemaker Auditorium and to sign up for follow-up workshops to be held throughout the day in Monroe Hall, Room 301. Space is limited. All are encouraged to attend. Faculty and staff may register for workshops by emailing Director of Student Success Liz Rainey.

“The focus of education has traditionally been on providing students with the cognitive skills required to allow for mastery of core academic subjects,” said Dr. Omid Fotuhi, director of the Stanford Interventions Lab at Stanford University. “This approach has shaped the way we have come to view success in school and how we define an effective learner. Increasingly, education research is demonstrating the value of non-cognitive factors in student success.”

In a series of presentations and workshops, titled "Mindset Interventions to Promote Student Success,” Fotuhi will explore the psychological vulnerabilities that some students, or groups of students, may be susceptible to, which lead to underperformance, disengagement, and discouragement. Fotuhi will place these psychological factors in the context of equity and achievement gaps among minority and at-risk groups. He will also introduce a set of proven mindset interventions and strategies to help foster more adaptive mindsets and explain to participants how they may effectively put these strategies into daily practice.

Fotuhi is social psychologist with a joint affiliation with the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and the Learning and Research Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh. His work focuses on drawing from decades of proven psychological interventions to reduce students’ underperformance among underrepresented or at-risk groups of students and, instead, to weave in strategies (both individual and institutional) to create a culture of growth. Fotuhi works with leading experts in the domain of effective psychological interventions, for example, Growth Mindset, Belonging Uncertainty, Utility Value, Resilience and Grit, and Effective Goal-Setting Interventions, to provide a range of consulting and training services. These services draw on over a decade of consulting and intervention design and include professional development programs, organizational consulting, and student training in non-cognitive skills.

To learn more about some of the projects that the Stanford Interventions Lab at Stanford University conducts, click here.

The schedule for the day at Loyola is as follows:

Adaptive Mindsets Presentation

Time: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall

Capacity: 300 attendees

RSVP here (Optional)

Description: A presentation for an audience of faculty, student advisors, and student affairs staff on how low-cost, seemingly small interventions can have a big impact on student retention and success. The presentation will focus on key programs that have displayed positive results with students and highlight the ways in which well-intended practices can be misapplied and lead to adverse effects. The presentation will close with a 10 to 15-minute Q&A.

Growth Mindset Workshop

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Monroe Hall, Room 301

Capacity: 24

RSVP here

Description: A smaller professional development workshop for faculty, staff, advisors, and RAs to improve student engagement and learning. The focus of the workshops will be to help educators effectively incorporate growth mindset strategies in the classroom and in day-to-day communication, and support the implementation of strategies to improve student engagement.

Goal-Setting Workshop

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Monroe Hall, Room 301

Capacity: 24

RSVP here

Description: Workshop for student leaders, faculty, staff, and advisors that reviews the science and practice of effective goal setting, which helps students (1) believe that they can achieve their goals; (2) recognize the importance of goal-setting; (3) learn about proven strategies to set clear and effective goals; (4) anticipate some common psychological obstacles that await them; and (5) teach them tools to deal with those anxieties and uncertainties.