Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022

Time and time zone: 7:00 PM ET

Target audience: Educators K-8


In a society driven by performance, how do we teach the value of mistakes? How do we teach our students that failing is a natural part of the process of improvement? In this webinar, learn from experienced educators how to reframe teacher language to support a growth mindset. These educators will also share ways to use assessments to help students learn from their mistakes.

Participants will…

  • Listen to educators discuss the value of mistakes
  • Learn how to reframe teacher language to support a growth mindset
  • Hear ways to use assessments as a learning tool for students



Karen PoplawskiKaren Poplawski is the chief program officer for Responsive Classroom. Prior to becoming a director at Center for Responsive Schools, Karen was a Responsive Classroom curriculum and instructional designer and consulting teacher, working with educators worldwide to transform their school communities. Before joining the staff at CRS, she spent ten years as a classroom teacher and seven years as a principal, utilizing Responsive Classroom techniques and practices in the classroom and in the two schools for which she was the founding principal.



Bridgette Kelly currently serves as the elementary assistant principal at Steel City Academy in Gary, Indiana, which she joined in 2016 as a founding health and physical education teacher. After earning her bachelor of science degree from Chicago State University in 2004, Bridgette enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and has served for over sixteen years. She earned master’s degrees in special education from Indiana University Northwest and in exercise science from the California University of Pennsylvania. Joining the Center for Responsive Schools team as a certified consulting teacher has allowed her to better implement the Responsive Classroom approach within her organization. When Bridgette is not in the classroom, she is dedicated to spending time with her daughter and watching sports on television.


Cindy Leonard holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s in reading and literacy instruction. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Elementary Education Program at the University of Vermont. Cindy has also taught grades K–2 in the public school system for fourteen years and has also done consulting work in literacy instruction and classroom management for teachers in grades K–6. Cindy’s personal passion is spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.



Sarah Scavone currently teaches third grade at Greenbrier Elementary School in the Charlottesville City Public Schools. Prior to moving to Greenbrier, Sarah taught for twenty years at Greer Elementary School in Albemarle County, Virginia, and was a Golden Apple Award recipient for her work in literacy and building a positive school community. Sarah was a Responsive Classroom coach for six years and has been a Responsive Classroom consulting teacher for the past six years and loves sharing those strategies and practices with other educators. She is the author of three Quick Coaching Guides published by Center for Responsive Schools: Creating Equity Through Everyday Moments, Lively Learning, and Play Is Learning. Sarah lives in central Virginia with her two children. 


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