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JUNE 11-13 | Workshop - The Power of Mindsets

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Workshop: The Power of Mindsets

Promoting Positive School Climates and Motivation in Students

Engage in intensive training to change mindsets to create a more positive school climate and better motivated students.

Cost: FREE

Capacity: 50 participants

Registration Deadline: June 4, 2018

From June 11-13, 2018, the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is offering a summer workshop in Norman, Oklahoma.  

This workshop will examine the concepts of student engagement, motivation and resilience through the lens of “mindsets.” An understanding of the relationship among these concepts will allow you to design and implement strategies that help to create a positive school climate. The mindsets of effective learners and effective educators will be identified. Techniques for lessening burnout will be described. Lectures and case examples will be used to facilitate discussion of the various concepts and to arrive at realistic, practical interventions for reinforcing a “motivating environment” in the school setting. The workshop is designed to be highly interactive and is limited to 50 participants.

The workshop is for:

  • PreK-12 Teachers and Administrators
  • School Psychologists, School Clinicians and Counselors
  • Interested individuals not affiliated with an educational institution are welcome to register and be placed on a waiting list. If the workshop has not reached capacity by June 1, registrants on the waiting list will be admitted, with earlier registrations receiving priority.

You will learn to:

  • Reinforce student engagement, intrinsic motivation and a positive school climate
  • Nurture the ability of students to cope with stress and become more resilient
  • Strengthen empathy and empathic communication skills
  • Empower students to develop an increasing sense of ownership for their own education
  • Minimize and change "negative scripts" that exist in the school environment
  • Reinforce student caring and lessen bullying
  • Become "stress hardy" and lessen feelings of disillusionment and burnout

About the Workshop

This workshop will be led by Dr. Robert Brooks, under the auspices of Learning & the Brain. The program is designed to help individuals and school teams develop the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to change mindsets in schools to improve academic performance. The Institute will especially emphasize how to reach students and nurture motivation, self-discipline, hope, and resilience.

The program offers participants an intensive professional development experience, drawing on the work of Dr. Robert Brooks and his experience working with educators and students. Active participation is expected throughout this workshop through group discussion. Participants will be expected to bring in material and questions from their own experiences to share with the group.

About Dr. Robert Brooks


Robert Brooks, PhD, is a psychologist on the faculty, part-time, of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric facility. His first position at McLean was as principal of the school in the locked door unit of the child and adolescent program. Dr. Brooks received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University and did postdoctoral training at the University of Colorado Medical Center. He has lectured nationally and internationally about the themes of school climate, motivation, family relationships, education, resilience, and achieving balance in our personal and professional lives.

Dr. Brooks has also written extensively about these topics. He is the author or co-author of many books including Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience, The Self-Esteem Teacher, Raising Resilient Children, Nurturing Resilience in Our Children: Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions, Raising a Self-Disciplined Child, Handbook of Resilience in Children, Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less, Angry Children, Worried Parents, Understanding and Managing Children's Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms, The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, Personal Strength in Your Life and A Pediatric Approach to Learning Disorders, and Reflections on Mortality: Insights Into Meaningful Living.

Dr. Brooks has received numerous awards including a Gubernatorial Award for Distinguished Public Service for his work with the Governor's Alliance Against Drugs, "Hall of Fame" awards from both CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders), a Special Recognition and Media Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association, The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prentice School in Santa Ana, CA for his efforts on behalf of students with learning differences, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from Learning Disabilities Worldwide.

Location and Parking

The workshop will be held at Norman High School (911 W Main St, Norman, OK 73069) in the Seminar Room. Participants may park in front of the school in the Main Street lot and enter either through the College and Career Center or the Main Entry further east. Additional parking is located on the east side of campus. Park as close to the building as possible, and either enter through the SE doors or walk around to the front entrance.

There will be event staff at the College and Career Center entrance who can direct you to the Seminar Room. Those entering through the main entrance (east of the College and Career Center) should ask the front desk staff to direct them to the Seminar Room.  

Sessions on Monday (June 11) and Tuesday (June 12) will run from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Sessions on Wednesday (June 13) will run from 8:30am - 11:30am.

Tentative Schedule

Monday & Tuesday
June 11-12
8:30 - 10:00amSession
10:00 - 10:15amBreak
10:15 - 11:30amSession
11:30 - 12:30pmLunch
12:30 - 2:00pmSession
2:00 - 2:15pmBreak
2:15 - 3:00pmSession
Wednesday
June 13
8:30 - 10:00amSession
10:00 - 10:15amBreak
10:15 - 11:30amSession
11:30amWorkshop ends

Meals and Accomodations

For all registered participants, morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be provided on Monday (June 11) and Tuesday (June 12) and morning refreshments will be provided on Wednesday (June 13).

Participants from out of town are responsible for their own accomodations.

Professional Development Credit

This program provides up to 15 hours toward professional development credit for various professionals. For questions regarding professional development credit, please call Learning & the Brain/Public Information Resources, Inc. at 781-449-4010 ext. 104. Note: credits are not provided by the University of Oklahoma.

Credits for Psychologists and School Psychologists:
Public Information Resources, Inc. (PIRI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. PIRI maintains responsibility for the program.

Credits for Educators: State Department of Education:
PIRI is able to provide credits that qualify for the education departments in most states and are accepted by most districts. You may wish to check whether your state's Department of Education requires special approved provider status.

Attendees must complete the provided evaluation form in order to receive credit.