7 Mindsets, the leading provider of online social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and professional development to K-12 districts and schools, has partnered with middle-market private equity firm Gauge Capital to provide growth capital and to recapitalize the company for rapid expansion. This capital investment will further accelerate 7 Mindsets’ plans to develop additional SEL offerings and resources that empower students and educators across the country, creating lasting cultural transformation that positively impacts student behavior, achievement, and attendance.
Four years ago, a group of administrators from Chilton ISD heard Roberto Rivera’s dynamic speech about social and emotional learning (SEL) at a TASA/TASB meeting leadership conference. With a significant population of English language-learners (ELLs), Chilton ISD was projected to perform at an “F” level in Texas based on its psychometric analysis at the time.
When Tracey Smith became Principal of Brookwood Elementary School in Forsyth County, Ga., five years ago, she brought with her a deep understanding of the value of social-emotional learning (SEL). Having used the 7 Mindsets SEL curriculum for roughly six years at her prior school, Smith was well positioned to help Brookwood optimize the curriculum, which had been in place for about a year.
Coming into the 2020-21 school year, the teachers and staff at McKinney High School knew that they’d be facing a litany of existing and emerging roadblocks. With the pandemic still in full effect and remote learning seen as the safest educational delivery method, Justin James, Assistant Principal, said the school set its sights on aligning teachers and students with campus relationships, culture, and communication.
As the 10th fastest growing county in the U.S., Georgia’s Jackson county regularly adds new schools, colleges, and career centers to its already-robust lineup of educational institutions. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Jackson County Schools knew that it needed a way to keep its teachers and students connected in the remote-learning space. That’s when they turned to 7 Mindsets.
Situated in a region that’s challenged by generational poverty and other socioeconomic issues, Chattahoochee Elementary School in Forsyth County, Ga., needed a way to level the playing field across its diverse student population. With about 800 students in grades K-5, and 40% of them on either free or reduced lunch, the school was facing some particularly steep challenges on the social emotional learning (SEL) front.
“With 7 Mindsets, not only have we changed our students, but we’ve also changed the way we think about and look at life,” said Ceatriss Wall, Principal. “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would see the impact that we’ve seen now using 7 Mindsets and having SEL learning incorporated into daily life. There’re no words to explain how happy we are that we implemented this SEL curriculum at our school.”
With teachers being asked to take on more responsibilities than they’ve ever handled before — especially during remote and hybrid learning — adult social and emotional learning and self-care have never been so important. As school principals and assistant principals, we believe administrators need to celebrate teachers’ successes, catch them when they fall and usher them through this time of great uncertainty.
With so many educators feeling overwhelmed and overworked, it’s important to find resources that can support self-care and cultivate wellbeing––both in school and at home. There are many great self-care books available to help guide educators to be courageous, take time for yourself, find happiness, and be more mindful. Because there are so many self-care books available for educators, we’ve created this list of some of the top-rated self-care books that teachers can benefit from reading.
COVID-19 has been challenging for educators, students, and schools not only in terms of academics, but also in terms of managing emotional wellbeing and positive mental health. Teachers in particular have had to juggle significantly increased stresses both professionally and personally––ensuring their students receive the academic and emotional support they need, while simultaneously managing their own families’ needs.