Kathleen Kryza: Mindset, executive function and differentiation

Kathleen_FINAL-1_BLUEWe are at an exciting time in education when we understand so much more about how the brain learns. I am passionate about sharing these new insights on executive function, mindset, and differentiation with teachers and administrators so that they can turn theory into doable classroom practice.

As a coach, I champion the sharing of this information with students, too, so that they can learn and achieve more in and out of the classroom and build lifelong learning skills.  The smarter your students “think,” the more they will take charge of their own learning and achievement during these critical years!

Today’s classrooms are more diverse than ever before, with students of many languages, cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and skills all in one room. By applying our new insights about the brain, along with practicing proven differentiated instructional techniques, teachers can nurture a love for learning in socially, culturally, and academically diverse learners.

Much of my work as a coach is inspired by the work of Carol Dweck on mindset, Jack Naglieri and Tulio Otero on executive function, and PASS Theory (Planning, Attention, Simultaneous, Successive).  I want to help you apply many of these important principles to your work in the classroom and look forward to hearing from you about your unique goals and challenges!

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How It Works

  • Educators in the group can be teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals or a mix of all.  They can all be in your school or district or you can choose to team up with another school or district–your choice!
  • Your team’s leader will have an introductory 30-minute phone call with Kathleen to discuss group’s priorities and goals. We also will survey each participant before the coaching program to explore specific needs.
  • The 8-week program features 90-minute live coaching sessions every two weeks. Each session includes a 30-minute presentation by Kathleen based on the specific needs of your group followed by 60 minutes of group and coach interactions.  (Structure can be changed to suit your needs)
  • During 60 minutes of interaction, participants will be able to share experiences, ask questions and get feedback from Kathleen and other group members.
  • A private Facebook group will be set up and facilitated by Kathleen. Participants will be able to connect, share and solve problems together in an organic and ongoing way over the duration of the program. Everyone will automatically receive email notifications of new posts.
  • Each group session will be recorded so that if anyone is unable to attend live they can participate later at a time more convenient for them.
  • Kathleen will provide the group with resources based on the specific needs and goals. Relevant articles, planning guides and handouts will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to share other resources with the group.
  • Ongoing support from Kathleen. Participants can email or post questions or comments in the private Facebook group at any time during the session, and he will respond as soon as possible.

Possible topics to be covered

Coaching will cover these or other topics, depending on the specific goals and needs of your group:

  • The connection between the brain and executive function
  • Strategies to help students develop growth-mindset thinking and get away from fixed-mindset thinking
  • How metacognition is key to building executive function skills
  • Techniques for teaching students of all ages to be metacognitive
  • How to teach strategies about mindsets and self-regulation so that students are empowered to take charge of their own learning lives
  • Self-assessments that help students become more aware of mindsets and skill sets
  • Experiences of teachers and students in real schools and classrooms that have focused on changing mindsets

About the speaker/coach

Kathleen Kryza is a master teacher and an outstanding international presenter/coach/consultant. Over the past 30 years, Kathleen has worked with thousands of teachers on a wide range of topics, including differentiated instruction, mindsets and metacognition, co-teaching and brain-based teaching. She is passionate, informed and committed to providing transformative professional development for schools and districts around the world.

Kathleen’s extensive  K-12 teaching experience includes special education students, gifted and talented students and general education students. She has worked closely with students of varying socio-economic and multi-cultural backgrounds at both the secondary and elementary levels.

Kathleen is the co-author of Developing Growth Mindsets in the Inspiring Classroom (Inspiring Learners Press, 2011) and the following books published by Corwin Press: Inspiring Secondary Learners (2007); Inspiring Elementary Learners (2008); Differentiating in the Real Classroom (2009); and Winning Strategies for Test Taking. Kathleen is featured in the video, Differentiating Instruction in the Intermediate Grades, Bureau of Education and Research (2008).