Acceptance vs Tolerance

Earlier this year we visited Casa Grande ESD to film some of their amazing stories about how the 7 Mindsets are impacting the community. With all of its middle schools and now 4 of its elementary schools implementing 7 Mindsets, Casa Grande ESD is an emerging national model for how social-emotional learning (SEL) can impact whole communities when school leaders collaborate using our systemic framework for student success.

Joe Martinez is Villago Middle School’s College & Career Readiness Counselor who championed social-emotional learning early on in his school. When our team visited Cactus Middle School for a community open house, Martinez volunteered to drive over and teach the 7 Mindsets to a group of students he had never met before. That month’s mindset was perfect for this challenge: We Are Connected.

Beginning with the importance of embracing everyone, Joe shares personally about how he teaches the We Are Connected Mindset through the lens discrimination while comparing acceptance vs tolerance.


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