Mind in the Making Connections

Editor's Note: Mindy Long is the Assistant Principal of Lamarque Elementary School and a Mind in the Making facilitator. One of the most exciting parts of participating in the Mind in the Making cohorts is when you see former participants light up over a connection. This school year, the district provided an opportunity to elementary schools called Project Amplify. Project Amplify is provided as part of the Any Given Child grant and incorporates the arts. One of the talented teaching artists came to our school to share with the teachers an approach that connects art ...

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A Teenage Mind in the Making

Editor's Note: Faith Lipton is the Born to Read Early Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Sarasota County Libraries. As I went through the training to become a Mind in the Making facilitator, I kept thinking about the ways childcare teachers could benefit from these workshops, and I wanted to share many of the ideas with my teenage daughters to help them navigate the challenges of life.  When my time came to facilitate a group, it seemed like teenagers that were also working at childcare centers would be the perfect participants to grow from the Mind in the Making ...

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Wonder at RAM

Wonder happens when you walk into the unknown, and a great surprise is waiting for you on the other side. Wonder is being in a state of awe, smiling unaware before what’s in front of you. Wonder comes unexpectedly, and it stays with you while you absorb everything around you. Wonder has come to Manatee Technical College (MTC) three years in a row through the excellently-executed work of Remote Area Medical Clinic – RAM. Since 1985, RAM has provided mobile medical clinics nationally, delivering FREE, high-quality vision, dental, and medical services to children, ...

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0-5 Express December 2017: It’s the Holiday Season

Tips to Help Parents Effectively Manage Holiday Stress For many of us, the holiday season can bring an increased sense of family responsibility and, along with it, additional feelings of stress. Advertisements about the joys of the season can seem lost on us as we scurry around trying to do even more than usual. It's easy to feel overwhelmed. Unfortunately, we may turn to unhealthy stress management behaviors such as overindulging in eating or drinking to keep going. These actions don't help and often make us feel worse. There are better, healthier, and longer-l...

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Improving Myself as a Person Instead of Trying to Change My Children

Editor’s Note: Hanako Owen is a parent and a Mind in the Making facilitator. My main motivation for wanting to be a part of this program is to become a better parent. When I first researched Mind in the Making, I was trying to find a balance between work life and home life. I also had doubts about whether I was doing enough with my children. After taking the workshop and learning about the 7 essential life skills, I am still faced with everyday parent-child struggles. However, I now know that I am improving as a person and as a parent, and I have more confidence in ...

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Community Partners are Helping to Spread the Word About Everyday Hero

Brain science tells us that the first three years of life are critical in developing the brain architecture that provides the framework for all future learning. Parents and family members, through their daily interactions with the children in their lives, provide a foundation for a child’s healthy development. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) wants to help parents succeed in being their child’s first, best teacher. SCGLR has assembled short tips based on suggestions from childcare experts, leading educators, experienced parents, and brain ...

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Findings from the 2017 Suncoast Summer Book Challenge

The summer of 2017 marked the first year of the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge sponsored by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading through the generosity of The Patterson Foundation. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading focuses on the common issues and obstacles that affect a child's ability to read proficiently by the end of third grade: school readiness (0-age 5), school attendance, and summer learning. The average low-income child loses 2.5 – 3 months of reading proficiency each summer. This startling statistic motivated many in the Suncoast region to take ...

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If You Cannot Do Great Things, Do SMALL Things That Are Great

“I love my children.” It is Saturday afternoon, and I am on a mission. After several attempts to connect with the owners of area laundromats through email, I am not making the progress I hoped. I want to see how a collaboration between the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) and local Laundromats can support local families. It becomes clear that I will have to go to them. The list I have pulled off the internet is of very little help as it is long and non-specific, however I do know where four Title 1 schools in Sarasota County are located, so I decide ...

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“How To” or “Not How To,” That is the Question

Editor’s Note: Jennifer Kahler is Assistant Principal at Glenallen Elementary School and a Mind in the Making facilitator. Taking time out of their summer break to continue to develop and grow as educators, participants of Mind In The Making’s Team Key cohort grappled with the question “How To” or “Not How To?” Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind In the Making, defines her fifth essential life skill, Critical Thinking, as the ongoing search for valid and reliable knowledge to guide our beliefs and actions. As with all seven of Galinsky’s essential life ...

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Can I get a WOOP?! – Team Zest

Editor's Note: Cindy M. McDowell is Director of Little Disciples Preschool in Sarasota, Fl, and a Mind in the Making facilitator. I first heard of Mind in the Making through our local coalition. One of my staff attended and came back telling me how wonderful it was and that we should look into becoming trainers. Fast forward to both of us attending an exceptional 3-day training that included Ellen Galinsky and the entire practice being recorded for future use! Can I get a WOOP?!   https://youtu.be/yBaVSJ6zq4c?rel=0   I served as the assistant ...

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