Research is clearly demonstrating that what students think about their potential as learners—and what educators think about their students’ potential—dramatically affects what happens in schools. When students believe in their ability to learn, and when they are armed with effective problem-solving strategies, they work harder, persist longer, and achieve at higher levels. Further, when educators believe in students’ ability to learn, they can engage entire classes in more rigorous tasks that challenge students to demonstrate their understanding in multiple ways. This is the promise, and requirement, of new standards across the country.
Research demonstrates that, to be effective, efforts to improve academic outcomes must address both students and the overall culture of the learning environment. Research also demonstrates that relatively modest interventions aimed at shaping the culture of classrooms can have powerful effects on student success.
AYD, then, can ultimately serve whole schools and districts. Participating students develop knowledge and skills to share with and model for their peers, thus becoming change agents in improving the learning culture of classrooms and the outcomes of students. Teachers and administrators are equipped with powerful research, insights, and strategies to shape their practice with all of the students they serve.
The family of Agile Mind AYD programs share common foundations in the research on student mindset, motivation, engagement, and learning, and each program aims to increase the number and diversity of students who succeed in STEM courses and in school. With these common foundations and outcomes, the resources, structures, and design of each AYD program is tailored to meet the specific needs of its intended audience.
Summer-Start AYD for students and teachers who are preparing for Algebra I in the fall, readies students to excel in high school, constructing a positive learning environment for themselves and their peers.
School-Year AYD for students in grades 8-10 and their teachers, is taught during advisory and study periods, homeroom, or in after-school programs and provides students with strategies to be successful across their school day.
Educator’s Course in AYD is a professional development course for educators interested in learning about the research and strategies that are most crucial to student learning and achievement.