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Dr. Afiya Fredericks    

Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of the District of Columbia; Growth Mindset Expert

Dr. Afiya Fredericks is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia.

Her research interests include understanding the impact of Growth Mindset -- the belief in the malleability of our intelligence and abilities -- and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) on achievement and motivation, and best strategies in teaching and implementing Growth Mindset and SEL in various contexts.

Fredericks studied Implicit Theories of Intelligence throughout her graduate career. She is the former Director of Professional Learning, Implementation & Research at Mindset Works, cofounded by Dr. Carol Dweck, where she supported the implementation of Growth Mindset practices in K-12 Schools, Institutions of Higher Education, and Organizations. For over five years, she has served as an adjunct lecturer at Howard University, teaching research methods and statistics, where she has been able to apply her work on mindsets, and create a classroom culture that embodies those beliefs and supports her students’ success.

A proud U.S. Virgin Islander and lifelong learner, Fredericks believes that embodying more of a growth mindset is indeed a process, but one that will support our navigation of challenges, continued learning, and growth.

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Fostering Academic Success for our Future Leaders

The Impact of a Growth Mindset Intervention on the Mathematics Perofrmance of Elementary Students in the United States

Growth Mindset in Mentoring

A growth mindset, the understanding that intelligence grows with effort and practice, and other "non-cognitive performance factors" have emerged as concepts and strategies that hold the promise of significantly boosting youth success, even of reducing the education gap. The workshop presenters will discuss research-based methods, findings, challenges, and new approaches for helping youth shift and develop a growth mindset through mentoring. The workshop presents findings, challenges, and approaches for building a growth mindset through mentoring. Participants will engage in discovering their own mindset and learning techniques to empower themselves and others to increase their intelligence, reduce stress, and learn effectively.

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