Mind in the Making

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Mind in the Making workshops are an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families, and professionals who work with children and families. Based on the book Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky, the series of workshops focuses on the seven essential life skills that every child needs now and to thrive in the future.

“If you look at what predicts how well children will do later in school, more and more evidence is showing that executive functions — working memory and inhibition — actually predict success better than IQ tests.”

Adele Diamond

Mind in the Making focus areas include:

  • Focus and self control
  • Perspective taking
  • Communicating
  • Making connections
  • Critical thinking
  • Taking on challenges
  • Self-directed, engaged learning

These training modules draw on brain development research to inform practices that lead to better outcomes for children through the promotion of essential skills. Each one provides participants the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and practices, learn what researchers have discovered about how children learn best, and discuss how to apply this research in their role as a parent, caregiver, or educator.

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is committed to bringing this important resource to parents, grandparents, child care professionals, early learning educators, and caregivers. Since the first facilitator training was held in May of 2016, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has trained more than 70 facilitators to lead Mind in the Making education efforts in the community. To date, these facilitators have delivered the Mind in the Making’s Seven Essential Skills Training Modules to more than 950 people throughout the Suncoast region.

If you would like to have a series of workshops at your place of employment, church, or community organization, please contact us.

For more information or to register as an individual for upcoming Mind in the Making (MITM) workshops, click the links below.


Mind in the Making – Team Renew – Bradenton
Mind in the Making – Team Quiz – Holmes Beach
MITM – Team Orion – North Port
MITM – Equipo X-plore 2 – Sarasota
MITM – Equipo Koala – Bradenton
MITM – Equipo Lión – Sarasota
MITM – Team Proud – North Port
MITM – Team Strong – Bradenton
MITM – Team Titan – Bradenton
MITM – Team Useful – Palmetto
MITM – Equipo Cerebro – Sarasota
MITN – Equipo Feliz – Sarasota
MITM – Equipo Naranja – Bradenton
MITM – Equipo Manatí – Palmetto
MITM – Team X-Plore – Bradenton
MITM – Team Integrity
MITM – Team Integrity – Bradenton
MITM – Fuego – Arcadia
MITM – Team Wishful – Sarasota
MITM – Team Cosy – Sarasota
MITM – Team Bold – Bradenton
MITM – Team Zeal – Palmetto
MITM – Team Rose – Sarasota
MITM – Team Sizzle – Sarasota
MITM – Team Ultra – Sarasota
MITM – Team Terrific – Bradenton
MITM – Team Quick – Sarasota
MITM – Team Nickel – Sarasota
MITM – Team Oval – Port Charlotte
MITM –Team Majestic – Sarasota
MITM – Team Purpose – Sarasota
MITM – Team Lavender – Sarasota