We are at a turning point in history. We will either rise up and transform how we live together on this planet, or we will experience catastrophic political, environmental, and economic failures. We must equip tomorrow's leaders to face this challenge by building inclusive, inspiring learning environments that bring out the very best in every student and every adult who facilitates their learning.
Founder & Finder
"Helping educators avoid reinventing the wheel by sharing knowledge and evidence-based practices is my passion and mission."
Education can transform lives, communities, and the world when it is grounded in a commitment to equitably nurturing the development of the whole person based on evidence-based practices, and an understanding that learning is inherently social and emotional. My areas of specialty are the mindsets, pedagogical practices, and education structures that improve equity, support positive identity development, and foster academic engagement. I'm a qualitative researcher and expert facilitator who creates hands-on professional learning experiences in both K12 and higher education. I also provide training and implementation support for schools and districts using PERTS Copilot programs – evidence-based, continuous improvement tools that allow educators to collect ongoing student experience data and access a library of resources for improving the learning conditions in their classes.
My passion for this work comes from being a first-generation student who grew up in a context fraught with challenging home and school experiences that left me feeling academically incompetent and unsure of my place in society. I know how painful it is to care deeply about social issues as a young adult but feel impotent to do anything about them. My life’s work now is empowering educators to empower students so that they can feel confident and inspired to take on the many challenges facing our global community.
I obtained my bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University at the age of 47 after transferring from Santa Monica College. While at Stanford, I joined the newly formed PERTS laboratory where I played a pivotal role in expanding their online programs into community colleges and in developing educator professional learning resources for the PERTS Mindset Kit. In 2018 I completed my doctorate in education at the University of California, Los Angeles.
My area of expertise is the social psychological factors that can support–or undermine–our motivation, resilience, and sense of social connectedness. These factors include:
beliefs about the malleability of abilities (growth mindset),
sense of belonging or belonging uncertainty,
perceptions of the value and cost of engaging in tasks,
a sense of purpose and passion,
experiences of social identity threat (or worries about being judged negatively based on your identity),
experiences of bias (implicit or explicit), and
experiences of trauma.
Ed.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Education – 2018
B.A. Stanford University, Psychology – 2011
A.A. Santa Monica College, Psychology and Anthropology – 2008
Photography - my mindfulness practice
Nature - going far or just sitting still
Cooking - for and with friends & family
Beaubien, J. (February 2021) How a Personalized Approach to Learning Helped One Organization Quickly Adapt in a Global Pandemic: A City Year Case Study. Boston, MA: City Year
Beaubien, J., & Quay, L. (2019). Training new teachers to understand motivation in the classroom: How teacher preparation programs are educating teachers on the pedagogical implications of the social psychology of motivation. Washington, DC: Mindset Scholars Network.
Gripshover, S. J., Paunesku, D., Romero, C. L., Beaubien, J. M., Yeager, D. S., Dweck, C. S., & Walton, G. M. Two scalable psychological interventions advance progress through community college. Unpublished manuscript.
Beaubien, J. (2018). Building a Compendium of Teaching Strategy Resources that Foster Growth Mindset and Belonging. UCLA, ProQuest ID: Beaubien_ucla_0031D_17141. Retrieved from
Beaubien, J., Stahl, L., Herter, R., & Paunesku, D. (2017). Promoting learning mindsets in schools: Further lessons from educators’ engagement with the PERTS Mindset Kit. Palo Alto, CA: PERTS, Stanford University.
Beaubien, J., Stahl, L., Herter, R., & Paunesku, D. (2016). Promoting learning mindsets in schools: Lessons from educators’ engagement with the PERTS Mindset Kit. Palo Alto, CA: PERTS, Stanford University.