College and Career Readiness

Academic and Personal Behaviors

Academic and Personal Behaviors

Academic and personal behaviors are the learning habits and skills that support academic readiness and include non-cognitive, socio-emotional qualities that support resiliency, and college/career persistence. Here are some examples of practice in action, tools, research and articles to help you better understand the academic and personal behaviors.

Practice in Action

There are many ways to support the development of students’ academic and personal behaviors. Here are some examples of best practices in New York City schools.

Resources  Details on Resources
Life Skills: Tracking Individual Student Growth & Providing Meaningful Feedback
Soundview Academy for Scholarship and Culture staff have developed a system for assessing and giving feedback on key student behaviors and mindsets.
Using Internships to Deepen Classroom Learning and Develop Professional Skills

Flushing International High School staff have developed a series of activities for students to reflect on off-site internships.  
Promoting Student Success through Self-Regulation and Work Habits
School for Classics: An Academy of Writers, Performers, and Thinkers staff have developed a “desktop rubric” to support self-regulation and work habits.
Supporting Students with Transitions by Developing the Skill of Self-Reflection
New York City Lab Middle School staff have developed lessons that integrate writing and exploration of self-identity.
Raising Expectations One School at a Time
At an anonymized NYC high school, staff leverage the value of character to increase student achievement in response to the 2012-13 citywide instructional expectations.
Middle School Moment Video
Frontline video examines a series of indicators in middle school that can predict how likely a student is to drop out of high school.

Tools

Here are some resources that can be used by school leaders and teachers to support the development of students’ academic behaviors and mindsets.

Resources  Details on Resources
NYCDOE Academic and Personal Behaviors Resources:
  • The Academic and Personal Behaviors Worksheet provides examples of what academic and personal behaviors can look like for students, teachers, and schools, as well as how these practices align with the 2013 Danielson Framework for Teaching.  
  • The Academic and Personal Behaviors/2013 Danielson Framework for Teaching Crosswalk explores some of the strong connections between the academic and personal behaviors and the Framework for Teaching, and can serve as a foundation for further exploration.
Mindset Works Resources: 

Mindset Works provides free resources that support the development of a "growth mindset," which is known to affect student motivation, learning and achievement.
  • Examples of feedback language that supports a growth mindset
  • Examples of framing language that supports a growth mindset
  • “You Can Grow Your Intelligence” article and activity for students
  • Effort rubric and activity for students
  • Online survey for teachers to assess their own mindsets, as well as those of their students and schools
Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) Resources:

Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) is an applied research center at Stanford University that works with leading experts on academic motivation to create online tools and resources to support the development of academic mindsets.

  • Online five-minute assessment of growth mindset for students and online ten-minute assessment of four different academic mindsets for students
  • Growth mindset for math online professional development program created in collaboration with Jo Boaler, Carol Dweck, and middle and high school math teachers--available January 2015
  • Readings about the science behind PERTS programs

Research and Articles

Here is some of the research that demonstrates the links between these behaviors and skills and college/career readiness.