Webinar Series: Activating Student Motivation with Learning Mindsets

Webinar Series: Activating Student Motivation with Learning Mindsets


Presented by:


  • May 8 at 1:00 pm EST - Session #1: Growth Mindset and the Power of “Yet”
  • May 15 at 1:00 pm EST - Session #2: Purpose and Relevance: Making Meaningful Connections to Students’ Education and Career Goals
  • May 29 at 1:00 pm EST - Session #3: Centering Student Identity and Voice to Foster a Sense of Belonging


Do you ever find it difficult to motivate students through their concurrent enrollment journey? Does it feel like there could be “something else” that students need in order to feel more engaged in their academic and advising experience? Feeling unmotivated is not an uncommon experience for most students. The reality is that there are a variety of factors that pull on student motivation as they work to meet their education and career goals.

Learning mindsets, our beliefs and perceptions about learning, are one additional and high-potential way that educators can support their students through motivational challenges. Students’ learning mindsets are shaped and maintained by the cultural, social, and learning context in which students interact. Fostering students’ learning mindsets is a promising approach to support students transitioning to postsecondary settings because learning mindsets are meaningful, malleable, measurable, and more effective for for supporting students from historically marginalized backgrounds (e.g., Black, Latine, Indigenous, and first-generation students).  Research suggests that when programs cultivate contexts that support well-developed Mindset GPS, their students are more motivated to take on challenging work, more likely to persist in the face of setbacks, and more likely to achieve at higher levels.

In this webinar series, participants will be introduced to Motivate Lab’s evidence-based framework, known as Mindset GPS, which focuses on three of the most impactful and thoroughly studied learning mindsets that help students navigate their education and career journey.

  • (G) Growth Mindset: Belief that intelligence can be developed through hard work, use of effective strategies, and help from others when needed.
  • (P) Purpose & Relevance: Belief that schoolwork is valuable because it is connected to a larger purpose and/or relevant to one’s life.
  • (S) Sense of Belonging: Belief that one is academically and socially connected, supported, and respected.

During each session, the Motivate Lab team will share the research behind each learning mindset, introduce an evidence-based resource, and engage participants in an examination of mindset-supportive messages and practices within their instructional and advising contexts. Please join us for this engaging series!