James Anderson is an Australian-based international speaker, author and educator who is passionate about helping us become better learners. His Mindset Continuum builds on Carol Dweck's work on Growth Mindsets to give us practical tools to nurture a deeper understanding of ourselves as learners. His description of Learnership - the skill of learning, then gives us a powerful way to understand and improve how we engage in the learning process. The result: we get better at getting better!
Originally a teacher and school leader, for the past 20 years, James has been working with schools to make classrooms more thoughtful places. He challenges teachers to think deeply about their own Mindsets and how their beliefs are communicated to students in often subtle and unintended ways. His Growth Mindset Style Guide takes us beyond catchphrases and cliches to provide practical and easily implemented strategies that change learners mindsets.
James values the relationships he builds with the schools and teachers he works with, providing the “follow-through” that’s so often lacking in teacher professional development. And the results speak for themselves, with a three year partnership with Asquith Girls High School in Sydney resulting in students becoming more persistent, increasingly taking on challenges and teachers having higher expectations of students. The extensive program created was recognised as a finalist in the 2022 Australian Education Awards.
His speaking, workshops and online resources provide not only the deep understandings required create more skilful learners, but also the tools and ongoing support needed to sustain it and make a real difference to student learning outcomes.
James is a Certified Speaking Professional and a certified Virtual Presenter. He regularly speaks at conferences around the world both virtually and in person. His work has appeared in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and he has featured in numerous educational and parenting podcasts such as Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families, Jethro Jone's Transformative Principal and Renee Jain's Confident Child Summit.
His previous publications include Succeeding with Habits of Mind, The Agile Learner and The Learning Landscape, as well as a host of e-books and other teaching resources. His online courses, “The Growth Mindset Master Class,” and "Leanership - the skill of Learning" support thousands of educators in schools around the world. He is a consultant of Art Costa and Bena Kallick’s Institute for Habits of Mind the creator of the Habits of Mind Profile Tool.
James Anderson provides keynote presentations, consultancy, onsite and online training in Growth Mindset, Learnership, Learner Agency, Habits of Mind, and Learning Agility.