Development for Educators

An event in pictures… Mindsets University Minnesota

Last week in Minneapolis, the 7 Mindsets team wrapped up the 2nd of 4 summer conferences on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). To shortcut straight to the photo gallery, click here. For our small team within a rapidly growing organization, 2017 marks our first year offering Mindsets University in 4 cities (vs just one). Taking this…

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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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Social Emotional Learning Standards: A New Definition

Purpose of Life Quotes

Last August, CASEL announced a “joint effort” to establish Social Emotional Learning Standards across 8 US states. For many long-time advocates, the creation of declarative, procedural, schematically-built guidelines will surely speed up consensus, funding and implementation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in all classrooms. But as we visit schools, what we sometimes hear is that the move towards standards could also be a dangerous…

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Four Essential Teaching Skills for the 21st Century Educator

Teaching Skills

When my son Daniel started the first grade, he was struggling with reading. My wife and I felt that we’d done everything we could as parents, placing him in preschool programs at age two, and reading to him every night. We were understandably concerned.  Reading is critical for academic success, and our son was behind.…

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7 Easy Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Dear Ms. Robertson: It’s very easy to sit back and tell people to do something. In fact, it can even be fun at times. I’ve found that in life that there will always be people telling you to do something, whether that person is a teacher, a parent, a boss, or a sibling. But very…

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5 Relaxation Techniques for Stress at School

Relaxation Techniques for Stress at School

Space!!!  We could all use more of it in our lives.  Not the physical kind, but the mental and emotional kind. A few years ago, I met a woman who ran a foundation focused on preventing teen suicide.  Her brother had taken his own life when she was young, and that had compelled her to…

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