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 50 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 525 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.


Currently Registering – Team Ultra – Sarasota
Currently Registering – Team Vibrant – Sarasota
Currently Registering – Team Rose – Sarasota
Currently Registering – Team Sizzle – Sarasota
Currently Registering – Team Yes – Bradenton
Currently Registering – Team Wishful– 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