Dr. Ann Batenburg of Mindset Works stepped to the front of the room, Jan. 11, and led River Forest District 90 schools’ first “One Book, One District” community reading discussion, which aims to get residents to read together and create greater equity within the village.  

Batenburg discussed author Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, a book that analyzes how an individual’s mindset can impact their future. Mindset divides people into two groups: Those with a fixed mindset who believe they are born with a certain skill set they cannot change, and those with a growth mindset who believe their skills can and must evolve on an ongoing basis.

D90 faculty, staff, families and more participated in the discussion at Lincoln Elementary School. The West Cook YMCA, River Forest Public Library, D90 school library, parent-teacher and educational organizations, and village administrators and trustees are partnering with schools to provide copies of the book and let residents know about the community reading initiative. 

On Feb. 3, the district is sponsoring another village-wide event with Batenburg about how the “Mindset” approach can advance audience members’ work and community efforts, relationships and students’ classroom efforts. Breakout sessions will follow Batenburg’s keynote presentation. The session begins at 11:30 a.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak Ave. 

Later in February, date to be determined, the district will host an interactive webinar on the “Mindset” approach that will be posted to the district website.

Nona Tepper

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