Academy Voices

SEL Summer Camp in Casa Grande, AZ uses 7 Mindsets to grow leaders

Casa Grande Elementary School District continues to amaze us with their unique program integrations and umbrella approach for delivering Social Emotional Learning (SEL) through the 7 Mindsets.  This week, during Mindsets University Minnesota, Teacher Mike Cruz connected with participants via Skype to allow students from the camp to share their experiences at the camp. This…

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Practice What You Teach: Mashburn Elementary

  Sarah Berger is a 4th Grade Teacher who opened up her classroom and heart to our camera crew, sharing very personally about how the 7 Mindsets had impacted her and her students. “Kids want to feel that they are being cared about, invested in, and safe.” From this space, Sarah shares how she builds…

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Parent Viewpoints On The 7 Mindsets

  “It’s naturally becoming a part of their language…”   We invited a few of the parents to share their thoughts on The 7 Mindsets and its impact on students and the parenting community. This year, 7 Mindsets explores seven schools from across the United States with a film crew in tow. Our second stop…

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Beyond PBIS and The 7 Mindsets: Tobias Elementary

  Tobias Elementary’s teaching community leverages its entrenched PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program to help students feel safe, confident and aware of their behavioral environment. As the Explorers follow their “MAPS”, the community at and around Tobias uses the 7 Mindsets to go beyond behavioral strategies, providing a curriculum and common language supporting…

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Teaching Kindness: 7 Mindsets at Tobias Elementary

  “You can be 19th in line, and you still get to eat. You still get to learn.” Reflecting on how Kindergarten-aged children often rush to be first in line, Jennifer Higa-Rolls shares her approach to teaching kindness and perspective using the 7 Mindsets. In today’s social climate, this is a lesson we would all…

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Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning: Mashburn Elementary

  Arlinda Porter is a Teacher, former social worker, and parent of three children who have attended Mashburn Elementary during its various stages of implementing the 7 Mindsets over the last few years. In this video, Arlinda shares her views through each lens and offers optimism to a growing concern. Please note: this video examines…

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A Common Language For SEL: Chattahoochee Elementary

  Chattahoochee Elementary’s Principal Barbara Vella believes that school leaders must constantly re-assess and stay fiercely aligned with the vision of placing every child first. “It is within the relationship between a teacher and a child that learning takes place.” In this short video, Barbara shares her viewpoint on why social emotional learning matters, why…

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Building Connections With Students: Chattahoochee Elementary

  Jill Sullivan is a 4th Grade Teacher who stepped out into the hallways to share Chattahoochee’s inspiring approach to building relationships, creating classroom community, and connecting at a deeper level with each child, each day. Also sharing from her perspective as a mother, Jill offers her personal technique for responding to the overwhelming distractions…

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