Editor’s Note: In this series, Mind in the Making facilitators share their experiences guiding workshops for parents, educators, caregivers and healthcare professionals throughout the Suncoast. In May 2016, The Patterson Foundation funded training for 31 people through the Mind in the Making Facilitator Institute, which breaks down executive functions into seven essential life skills that help children achieve their goals.
Last fall, a diverse group of sixteen individuals came together to embark on a journey to learn how to help the children in their lives be successful. They met for six weeks to explore topics from Ellen Galinsky’s life changing book, Mind in the Making. In her book, Ellen Galinsky presents research on the seven essential life skills every child needs.
The topics are presented in ways that are accessible to parents and caregivers and provide practical strategies for increasing children’s skills in these areas.
This group, appropriately named Team Magic, was truly magical. One of the unique aspects of this group was that it crossed county lines and drew from different areas of both communities. The group, comprised of parents, grandparents, foster parents, early childhood educators, and professionals from various community agencies drew people from both Manatee and Sarasota counties. Everyone arrived a little apprehensive about not knowing what to expect, but they quickly engaged in thought-provoking discussions and fun activities and left commenting on newly formed friendships and the knowledge they gained. In the words of one of the participants, “Mind in the Making helped me learn from other people’s ideas and helped everyone become a community of learners.”