Below is an example of how students’ sense of belonging can shape their responses to adversity in school
Brain Plasticity and Growth Mindset Training– Research has established that when students labeled “at risk” for becoming high school dropouts were given two types of psycho-social interventions that their GPA increased along with their academic engagement.
Other studies found that African-American students who learned Growth Mindset showed an increase in academic achievement and developed attitudes of valuing and enjoying school more. Hence, this is a possible strategy for narrowing the racial achievement gap.
1) Sense of Purpose Intervention – helps students understand how education will help them achieve long-term goals. It answers the questions: Why? Why does this work matter? Why bother? What’s in it for me?
2) Mindset Intervention – Students learn about growth mindset versus fixed mindset. They learn that all people are capable of learning and that struggle, challenge and mistakes in academic work is simply part of the learning process and not an indication of failure or inadequacy.
These strategies are embedded throughout each of our courses.
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The Alexandria Academy Institute seeks support for developing innovative 6th through 8th grade STEM curricula to effectively leapfrog African American and other at-risk students beyond ineffectual traditional teaching methods and basic level instruction that puts them at a disadvantage in the 21st century global economy. If you think this is an important endeavor – and we are confident you do – please help Alexandria Academy Institute grow with a gift in whatever amount you can afford.