The project will build on the research work of Stanford University's Professor Carol Dweck.
A growth mindset is thought to allow young people and adults to be open to challenges, see mistakes as part of the learning process and understand that talents and abilities are not fixed but can be developed through hard work. By having a growth mindset culture in a school, pupils are understood to be more likely to achieve their full potential.
Professor Ellis said:
"I'm delighted to be appointed as independent chair of this important project. My focus will be on ensuring it leads to sustainable and effective pedagogical change across Scottish schools.
The Winning Scotland Foundation will continue to work closely with Scotland's schools, to develop a growth mindset culture and ethos that links directly to Education Scotland's National Framework, the Curriculum for Excellence and the Raising Attainment for All government strategy."
The Group will initially comprise representatives from local authorities already involved in the project – including Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Dundee – as well as the Scottish Government. It will also involve Nick Quail, from North Lanarkshire Council, who has been instrumental in pioneering the work in Scotland.
Along with working with schools to embed growth mindset into their schools, the project will also create dedicated teaching resources and provide training and support materials for teachers to use in their classrooms.