An Un-common Experience

The school that reads together, stays together.

In this quick video, students and faculty members recapped the benefits of last year’s Common Read experience at Curry.

Curry students, faculty, and even many staff members all read Claude M. Steele’s research, summarized in the book Whistling Vivaldi. They then engaged in a number of in- and out-of-class discussions about the effects of stereotype threat in our personal experience and in our professional fields.

UPDATED 9/23/13

For this year’s Common Read our focus book is Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. We invited you to join us for the following in-person and remote discussion opportunities.

A reservation is required for all of these opportunities. Please email if you would like to participate.

Attend a Discussion Group at Bavaro Hall 

Thursday, October 24, 6-7 p.m.
Bavaro Hall, Rm 104
Join our students in a discussion led by Joanna Lee Williams, Assistant Professor, Applied Developmental Science, and graduate students Becca Lee and Gwen Cassidy.

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30-7 p.m.
Bavaro Hall, Rm. 116 (Holloway)
Alumni potluck dinner and after-dinner discussion group led by Susan Mintz, Associate Professor, Teacher Education.

If you prefer to attend a daytime discussion group with our students, we have several scheduled. Please email and inquire for more information.

Remote Discussion Groups

Thursday, October 24, 6-7 p.m. (Eastern)
Google Hangout On Air: Watch and listen to the student discussion live on YouTube and engage via written comments that will be addressed by the discussion facilitator.

Wednesday, October 30, 7-8 p.m. (Eastern)

Alumni-only Google Hangout (video conference) led by Stan Trent, Associate Professor, Teacher Education. (Max. 9 participants: First come, first served). A Google+ account is required to participate in the Hangout.

If we have more interest in the Google Hangout than we can accommodate on Oct. 30, we will try to schedule a second one on another date.

Write a Guest Post for the Curry Blog

We are also looking for one or two guest posts for the Curry blog that tell the story of how you have seen the growth mindset principle make a difference in a professional context (such as a classroom). If you have an experience you would like to share, submit a draft essay of 500 words or less to lynnbell@virginia.edu