What if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than on a student’s ability to learn quickly and easily?

How can we help transform the meaning of effort and difficulty in our students?

How does a person develop into a motivated learner?

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion, as we pose these questions to a group of experts in various fields of Education in an attempt to understand how students’ early learning experiences influence the development of their motivation to learn, curiosity and sense of efficacy.


Barbara King, PhD

Joanne Sanders-Reio, PhD

George E. O'Brien, PhD

Maria Alvarez-Tsalikis, PhD

Betty Vinson

Karla Lopez, MS


Melanie Morales, M. Ed. 
Program Leader for Undergraduate Special Education, FIU

Cecilia Pablos-Aguirre
FEA President, FIU