Conceptual Foundations


Shining A Light on a Success Mindset with Secondary Gifted Students

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 213 A

Teachers who mentor for success have the mindset that students will be successful, and they become catalysts to make success happen. Likewise, teachers who foster growth in their high-ability adolescents view them as successful now and in need of curricular challenge to grow even more. In understanding these needs, they work to scaffold their students’ experiences and become catalysts for success in the process. These teachers empower students to make interpretive arguments and to take responsibility for decision-judgments. Linking the work of Dweck and Kitchener, the presenter of this session considers ways to teach and mentor for success.

Felicia A. Dixon

Professor Emerita of Psychology, Dept. of Educational Psychology
Ball State University

Dr. Felicia Dixon is an educational consultant for gifted education. She is Emerita Professor of Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at Ball State University. She formerly directed the master’s degree program in educational psychology and the license/endorsement in gifted education. She has authored more than 40 articles and chapters. She co-edited the Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education in 2006 as well as the second edition in 2015 ; additionally, she edited the NAGC publication, Programs and Services for Secondary Gifted Students: A Guide to Recommended Practices in 2008. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of NAGC, and has Chaired the Task Force on Secondary Gifted Education, as well as the Advisory Board for Teaching for High Potential, for which she wrote the column, A Secondary Look.


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