We are a lab at Stanford University that uses the latest research to help educators motivate their students.
The Challenge: Why are some students unmotivated?
Research shows that resilient students think about school and about their own abilities in fundamentally different ways from disengaged students. Resilient students understand why school is important; they trust their teachers and peers; and they understand that they can grow their abilities by working hard and by trying new strategies when they get stuck. Students who don't understand these things don't try as hard and give up quickly.
The Solution: Change students' mindsets to kindle engagement
Research shows that students' mindsets about school can be changed*.
When they are, students become more engaged. Their grades and test scores improve.
But it is not always clear how to
change mindsets effectively in different types of schools.
That's where PERTS comes in.
* Read the report.
Our Mission: Learn how to transform mindsets effectively in all schools
PERTS partners with educators and students to learn what programs and practices effectively change students' mindsets in various kinds of schools. We strive for a world in which all students are motivated and resilient learners.
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