The Efficacy Training for Teachers and School Staff

This core training contains many of the elements of our training for school leaders, and empowers school faculty and staff to work collaboratively to shape the drive for proficiency in their buildings. We will investigate the Psychology of Performance—the study of how and why people (adults and young people) learn and grow, and underlying personality and character traits that will support that growth. The training includes multiple opportunities for application, personal introspection, and skill practice.


Efficacy Training Program Elements

 The Mission: Proficiency in Academics and Character


A discussion of what students require to thrive in the 21st century helps participants build consensus on the proper Mission of public education: Academic Proficiency and Strong Character for all children. We will work to establish, unambiguously, the responsibility we as adults must assume for achieving this Mission.


 The Mindset: Two Models of Development


To reach rigorous standards of proficiency, educators and their students need a positive, healthy mindset about intelligence and development. We investigate two contrasting belief systems about the nature and distribution of intelligence: the crippling, prevailing innate ability mindset (corresponding to Dweck’s “Fixed” mindset); and the contrasting "Get Smart" Mindset (sustained, effective effort builds intelligence) required for continuous learning and high performance.

This module is at the heart of all Efficacy Experiences and is the foundation for subsequent learning and work.


 Method: Self Directed Improvement System (SDIS)


The Self-Directed Improvement System (SDIS) is a Method of data-driven analysis that students and educators can use to improve their teaching and learning strategies. This simple, powerful approach can be used with existing school data sets.


 Performance Orientation vs. Learning Orientation


Based on the work of social psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck, this module explores two different psychological "orientations" in which people exhibit radically different responses to failure and difficulty—one of which is debilitating, and one adaptive.


 Strong Side vs. Weak Side


A simple, useful model of character development that emphasizes the individual’s power of choice.

Helping students to rise!

a nation dedicated to producing successive generations of citizens prepared to constructively participate in the society of their time

Efficacy Participants Say:

"This seminar made me take a good look at myself as a teacher. I can make a difference starting with myself. I can't wait to get started because ALL children can achieve proficiency!"

Andrea Gonzalez, Springfield, MA

"This training allows participants to reassess their current practices and enables them to formulate strategies to develop themselves and their students."

Omar Kamora, Chicago, IL

"Every experience I've had to use the Self-Directed Improvement System has been very beneficial. I recommend its use in any area in which one wants to improve."

Joya Neil, Memphis, TN

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