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The Impact of 7 Mindsets Social Emotional Learning Programs

Social Emotional Learning Programs 7 Mindsets Impact

7 Mindsets Academy‘s unique social emotional learning programs provide a new language that students, educators, parents and staff can all identify with and embrace.  We focus on the removal of common psychological impediments, also known as counter-mindsets, resulting in a positive transformation in student and educator engagement.

Students who possess a) a firm belief in their potential, b) an optimistic vision for the future, and c) a strong sense of personal authenticity, perform better academically and forge more substantial relationships in life.  And, as students realize more of their potential, academic improvements become more evident and schools experience fewer behavior issues.

What separates 7 Mindsets Academy from all other social emotional learning programs is a measured set of lasting, tangible improvements upon the mindsets of both students and educators.  By positively changing the way individuals think about themselves and their future, the 7 Mindsets empower them to live lives of passion, purpose, and meaning.

Several independent studies have been performed which validate the 7 Mindsets Academy impact in the following areas:

Improves Academic Performance

Improves Student Behavior

Improves Grit & Resilience


Improves Academic Performance

In autumn 2010, 51 students from Crabapple Middle School in Roswell, GA participated in a 7 Mindsets Academy pilot initiative. These 7th and 8th grade students were identified as at-risk based on academic performance, attendance and behavioral issues. 24 of the students had IEPs.

These 51 students had taken the CRCT (Georgia Standardized Test) in the spring of 2010. At that time, 12 of the 51 passed the math portion of the test, which is a leading indicator of graduation rates.

Between October 2010 and May of 2011, this pilot group of students were taught the 7 Mindsets for approximately 30 minutes per week for 20 weeks.

At the end of the 7 Mindsets social emotional learning programs, the students took the CRCT test again. At that time, 41 of the 51 students passed the math portion of the test. This represented a 250% academic improvement in just one school year.

Students Passing the Math Portion of the CRCT Standardized Test

Crabapple CRCT Results

* Notably, the remaining 9 students who failed retook the test two weeks later and also passed.

Improves Student Behavior

Study #1

An independent study was performed at Liberty Middle school to assess the number of students being referred for suspensions or expulsions, as well as the total number of behavioral incidents reported.

Data was collected for the fall of 2013 (without the 7 Mindsets) and again for the fall of 2014 with the 7 Mindsets Academy social emotional learning programs implemented.

Tabulation of the data showed a 54% reduction in the number of students referred for disciplinary action. It also showed a 46% decrease in the total number of incidents.

Impact of 7 Mindsets Academy on Liberty Middle School Student Behavior

Liberty Behavioral Impact

Study #2

Between 2007 and 2014, Arnall Middle School expended considerable effort to reduce the number of student disciplinary referrals from a concerning 1,154 in the 2007/2008 school year to 223 in 2013/2014. Clearly, their leadership did some amazing work to give every student a safe and empowering place to learn.

With these efforts beginning to plateau by 2014, Arnall MS implemented the 7 Mindsets Academy program as a measure toward furthering the school’s positive progress.

For the 2014/2015 school year, the total number of disciplinary referrals dropped to just 84. This created even more benefits to the school climate and a reduction in the administrative cost of interventions thanks to increased attendance and heightened engagement.

Impact of 7 Mindsets Academy on Arnall Middle School Student Behavior

Arnall Behavioral Impact

Improves Grit and Resilience

In the summer of 2014, a study was undertaken by Dr. Mimi Gamel as research for her doctoral dissertation.  Her intention was to investigate the impact of 7 Mindsets’ character development and empowerment training on early and middle adolescents.

The study was executed with 45 students aged 13 to 19 from the United States, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, England, China, and South Africa, and two externally-developed and scientifically-validated assessment tools were utilized:

  1. Grit Scale Assessment – Developed by Angela Lee Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania
  2. Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents – A Profile of Personal Strengths (RSCA) developed by Sandra Prince-Embury, PhD

The students were given both the Grit and Resiliency assessments on July 12th prior to a week-long immersive 7 Mindsets training event. They were then given both assessments again on July 18th at the event’s conclusion.

Results of Grit Survey

For this research effort, Dr. Gamel segmented levels of Grit (the ability to persist on a task through to completion) into three categories: 1) Low, 2) Average, and 3) High. The objective was to see what percentage of students started in the high range vs. the percentage that would end up there by the program’s conclusion.

Measured Increase in Student Grit Through 7 Mindsets Training

During the pre-test, 11 of the 45 students demonstrated high levels of Grit. At the time of the post-test, 39 of the 45 students demonstrated high levels of Grit. This assessment proves that Grit can be taught through the 7 Mindsets Academy program.

Grit Level Improvement

Results of Resiliency Study

For this research effort, Dr. Gamel segmented levels of Resiliency (the ability to recover readily from adverse circumstances) into three categories: 1) Low, 2) Average, and 3) High. The objective was to see what percentage of students started in the high range vs. the percentage that would get there by the end of the program. This was done for all three of the following Resiliency Scale subscales:

Sense of Mastery – Assessed on three parameters to measure student optimism, self-efficacy, and adaptability.

Measured Change in Sense of Mastery through 7 Mindsets Training

Sense of Mastery Results

Sense of Relatedness – Assessed on four parameters to measure trust, feelings of support, comfort with others, and tolerance.

Measured Change in Sense of Relatedness through 7 Mindsets Training

Sense of Relatedness Results

Emotional Reactivity – Assessed on three parameters to measure sensitivity, recovery, and judgment.

Note: the objective in this area was to see a reduction in student reactivity, i.e. a decrease in the measured percentages.

Measured Change in Emotional Reactivity through 7 Mindsets Training

Emotional Reactivity Results


While many factors such as exceptional leadership and teacher dedication contributed to these dramatic results, the above studies offer an extremely promising indication of the 7 Mindsets Academy program’s transformative impact.

We will continue to pursue further evaluations from third-party researchers and our implementing schools to help us continually refine the program and maximize its value. As we do so, we will share updates and articles on new research as it becomes available.

If you have questions or are interested in a closer look at the 7 Mindsets Academy platform, contact us!

Learn more of the history behind the program here.

Take a look at the following infographic for a summary of how 7 Mindsets Academy social emotional learning programs are positively impacting schools in immediate and critical ways.

7 Mindsets Academy

These impacts only scratch the surface! If you are researching social emotional learning programs for your school or district, contact us. We’d be happy to put you in touch with one of our pioneer Principals.