SEP Practices Library:
Social Belonging & Growth Mindset Foundations

The SEP Practices Library contains practice recommendations that instructors can use in their courses to bolster student engagement and increase equity in academic outcomes.

The resources included in this section of the library provide general guidelines and evidence-based practices that can be used to design a course that promotes equity in students’ experiences and outcomes in its structure and content throughout the term. 

Overview: Effective Social Belonging Messages: A foundational overview on how to craft messages that promote social belonging, why they work, and how to use them

Overview: Effective Growth Mindset Messages: A foundational overview on how instructors can convey a growth mindset, why they should, and how to use growth-mindset messaging

Policy Review: Creating Student-Centered Course Policies: A step-by-step guide for crafting course policies that promote equity and acknowledge and accommodate the lived experiences of diverse student populations

Establishing Expectations: A Growth Mindset Approach: Approaches for communicating about academic standards and course expectations in a way that promotes student engagement, learning, and academic success

Creating a Belonging Story: Guidance on developing and adapting a brief exercise to help students understand that belonging concerns in college are normal, and not a signal that they do not belong or cannot succeed

Encouraging Connections in the Classroom: Approaches for encouraging connections between students and the instructional team, and among students


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