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2015 National Conference Keynote: Dr. Camille A. Farrington

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    Alexis Margolin

Academic mindsets – the attitudes or beliefs students have in relation to academic work – is a critical component of the Deeper Learning framework that is aimed at providing U.S. students the competencies, skills and knowledge they will need to meet the quickly evolving demands of life, work, and global citizenship in the 21st century.

Dr. Camille A. Farrington, a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago, Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) renowned for her work on academic mindsets, will be the keynote speaker at EL’s 2015 National Conference that will be held in San Diego from October 28th to 30th. 

In her keynote, Dr. Farrington will provide a window into her research through a conversation with Chief Academic Officer Ron Berger, where they will consider the implications of her framework for the work of EL schools.

Dr. Farrington’s research focuses on policy and practice in urban high school reform, particularly classroom instruction and assessment, academic rigor, and academic failure. She is the lead author of Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance (2012), and Principal Investigator on three studies all focused on better understanding the relationship between teacher practice, student noncognitive factors, and school success.

Across projects, Dr. Farrington’s primary concern is improving the long-term educational and life outcomes of youth from marginalized communities. Reflective of this interest, her 2014 book, Failing at School: Lessons for Redesigning Urban High Schools (Teachers College Press), offers practical recommendations for restructuring secondary education to serve the goals of equity and excellence rather than selection and stratification.  Camille discusses her work in a recent interview here.