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Dr. Kevin Leichtman


Kevin Leichtman received his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Florida Atlantic University, where he also completed a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction. His dissertation study was on new teacher burnout. His research has been published in a textbook on andragogy and pedagogy, and he is the author of “Teacher’s Guide to the Mental Edge.” 

Kevin is also an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaching an introductory to diversity course to education majors. Along with teaching, Kevin is the director of Academic Mindset, where he has developed curriculum, professional development, and presented on the topic of mindset to teachers, schools, and students across the nation.

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Academic Mindset

Mindset makes the difference for students in school and life. Whether you are a parent or a teacher (or both), you have probably noticed these red flags shown above in challenging moments with your children.

In school, we teach content mastery but fail to make mindset and social-emotional learning a priority. A student's mindset is very similar to a physical muscle and must be trained in a similar manner. For instance, if you want your child to be more confident, you can't simply tell them to be more confident. They need to put in work and repetitions on skill practice that will improve and fortify their confidence. As Zig Ziglar famously stated, "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily.”

At Academic Mindset, we are grateful for the opportunity to deliver world-class skill practice designed to systematically strengthen students' mindsets. We are incredibly thankful for The EDUTable for supporting and encouraging that message and giving parents tools and resources to address mindset at home and in school. Here are two free lessons from Academic Mindset that are designed to help students recognize their strengths and build on positive thought patterns in stressful moments (like standardized testing).

We are happy to help you in encouraging a growth mindset in your children and challenging them to maximize their potential. Reach out to us at or follow us on your preferred social media platform @Academicmindset for more information!