Introducing the Growth Mindset Course for Parents

Parents always ask us,

“What can I do to help my kids develop a growth mindset?”

A growth mindset is simply the belief that you can develop your intelligence. More and more, parents are learning about the important role that a growth mindset can play in children’s academic success. They’ve read in popular media like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine that children with a growth mindset are more likely to enjoy school and to stay motivated and resilient when school gets tough. Understandably, these parents are eager to learn what they can do to help their own kids develop this more adaptive approach to school. But finding good, research-based advice isn’t easy.

To support these parents, we partnered with Raise the Bar to bring you the Growth Mindset for Parents Course, now available at This free course teaches parents what a growth mindset is, why it’s important, and best practices to support their children in developing this adaptive learning belief.

The course includes:

  • Three brief videos that highlight research-based parenting advice for growth mindset.
  • Questions to help parents reflect on their family’s mindsets.
  • Recommended activities to try with one’s kids.
  • Parent-friendly descriptions of relevant academic studies (and links to the original articles for parents who want to really dig in).

PERTS is an applied research center at Stanford University. It partners with schools, colleges, and other organizations to improve student motivation and achievement on a large scale.

Raise the Bar is an initiative of America Achieves. Raise the Bar is committed to inspiring parents to expect more for and from their children’s education.

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