Think Smart: Building Growth Mindsets and Metacognitive Skills K-12


Friday February 3, 2017 from 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM EST
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Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT 
1 Clubhouse Road
Fairlee, VT 05045

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Serena Franks 
UP for Learning 
802 793-8591 

Who Should Come

We welcome K-12 teachers, educational leaders, out-of-school-time program faculty, high school students who have had significant exposure to the concepts of mindsets and metacognition. We encourage you to bring a team of faculty from your school so that you will have company as you implement the strategies you will learn.

Conference Overview:

Personalizing learning and implementing proficiency-based systems require that students employ more independent learning strategies than ever before. How do we get them ready for this challenge?   

In this interactive one-day seminar, Kathleen Kryza, international consultant and educator, will share the latest cognitive research on mindsets and metacognition and what it takes to “Think Smart” in and beyond the classroom.   She will offer many practical ideas and strategies for developing students’ executive function by working with their mindsets and self-regulation skill sets to prepare them for school and for life. 

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand the importance and potential of building growth mindsets and metacognitive capacity as a means to empower students to become competent independent learners and reach their full potential.
  • Learn strategies to weave Growth Mindset thinking into your daily school environment and classroom instruction.
  • Hear stories and gain ideas and strategies from students and teachers who are currently building mindset and metacognitive capacity in K-12 schools around the state by means of UP for Learning’s M3: Mindset, Metacognition and Motivation initiative.

Participants will leave with a rich toolkit of ideas for building the capacity of Vermont youth to be competent independent learners, and for fully optimizing  personalized learning and proficiency-based strategies in the process.

Methodology:  Kathleen presents in a “Live it to Learn It” model.  This workshop will include many ready-to-use practice strategies so that participants can experience what it feels like to learn in an inspiring classroom.  The day will be a blend of whole-class presentation, engaging and interactive group participation, and individual time for reflection.   All pedagogy will be supported with current brain-based and instructional research. Kathleen’s mission is for you to leave her seminar inspired and excited to continue building a vibrant community of students who love learning.

About Kathleen Kryza:
Kathleen Kryza is a life-long learner, an experienced teacher, and an outstanding international presenter/coach/consultant. Kathleen is passionate, informed, and committed to bringing the best educational practices to schools and teachers, so that they can help ALL students succeed. She has taught general education, special education, and gifted and talented students.   Kathleen has also worked with students of varying socio-economic and multi-cultural backgrounds   She has taught and co-taught a variety of content areas at both secondary and elementary levels. Workshops with Kathleen are highly practical, brain-based, and inspirational. 

Among a number of publications, Kathleen is co-author of the new book, Transformative Teaching: Changing Classroom Culturally, Emotionally and Academically. (Solution Tree Press, Oct. 2015).

When: February 3, 2017

Where: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont

Time: 8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost and Billing:

$50.00 per adult

UP for Learning will issue invoices and mail them directly to registrants. Payment must be received within a timely manner. If you have any questions regarding invoicing and payment please contact Serena Franks at