A growth mindset enables teachers to understand that they can always improve, as can all of their students, and motivates students to become active drivers of their own learning process, not only in school but in life.

Eduardo Briceño wasn’t one for public speaking when he was asked to give a TEDx talk in the fall of 2012. But in six weeks he pulled together a powerful discussion about understanding the growth mindset that more than 1.5 million people have viewed online since.

Reaction to his talk about creating a learning-oriented world grew, prompting more than 70 invitations to speak at conferences and school districts, many of which focus on underserved  communities. Eduardo says the power of mindset can narrow the achievement gap and equalize opportunities for students. (His second TEDx talk is scheduled for November.)

Before Eduardo became Co-Founder and CEO at Mindset Works, the global leader in growth mindset training for educators and students, he was inspired by his wife Allison’s work as a bilingual teacher in East Palo Alto, CA. Eduardo explains, “Her students and their families were Latino immigrants, like I am, but they had not had the same opportunities. That’s when I first personally connected with and understood the opportunity gap, and changed my life trajectory and devoted it to equalizing opportunity at the systems level.”

When Eduardo co-founded Mindset Works in 2007, the phrase “growth mindset” wasn’t a familiar term for most people. His work began to engage adults in the development of a growth mindset in order to enable all students to thrive. He notes that when teachers learn that they can always improve -- as can all of their students -- both teachers and students become empowered. Growth mindset has had a particular benefit for students who face negative stereotypes, such as students of color, low-income students, immigrants, and girls in math and science.

Embracing personal transformation has helped Eduardo advance societal transformation based on research by Mindset Works co-founders Carol Dweck, Ph.D. and Lisa Blackwell, Ph.D. and by other psychologists and educators.

His work and impact include:

  • As a co-founder of Mindset Works, helping to increase awareness, understanding, and practice of growth mindset since 2007. Previously, research had focused on individual students rather than school cultures. Mindset Works encourages adults to transform cultures and provides tools to do so.

  • Directly impacting over a million educators and students through growth mindset talks and trainings.

  • Contracting with the US Department of Education to create online and in-person teacher professional development programs that have reached thousands of teachers. The resources foster growth mindsets and learning strategies in thousands of schools. Eduardo and his colleagues have directly influenced federal and state priorities and policies.

  • Partnering largely with communities of high need, including district partnerships with DC Public Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools and others.

  • Offering hundreds of articles, rubrics, lesson plans, teacher tools, and other resources for free, as well as offering pro ­bono work in many communities serving underprivileged populations.  

  • Learn more about growth mindset in one of Eduardo’s articles in KQED Mind/Shift, EdWeek or The Huffington Post.