Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hi everybody!

I am very excited to tell you about a new program that we just embraced at Matsumoto School: MindUp.

In our busy lives, students today  feel the pressure to achieve at a deep level. The influence of current events also impacts children...  I personally am deeply concerned about the stress level of our students in our society. We need to make shifts in how we approach achievement and help students navigate an uncertain climate. How can we help them with resiliency? As a result, I believe that it's important to teach kids how to pause, reflect, and be mindful so that they can map their own learning and feel a sense of self-efficacy.

As a result, I recently introduced an exciting, evidence-based social and emotional literacy curriculum to our school, MindUp from the Hawn Foundation, 2011. MindUp's goal is to help our students better engage in learning, limit their distractions, self-regulate their behavior and improve their focus and resiliency training. MindUP utilizes a brain-centered approach to integrating neuroscience, positive psychology, mindful awareness training and social and emotional learning, as tools for success in the classroom and in life.

MindUp states, "Simply put, in 15 lessons, MindUP helps a child enhance their self-awareness, concentration abilities, problem solving skills, pro-social behaviors (helping, sharing, and cooperating), while exploring positive human qualities, such as happiness, optimism, and gratitude. The Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has accredited MindUP and chosen the program as one of the few CASEL recommended SEL initiatives. MindUP has been rigorously researched, is evidence-based and schools who have used it reported improvement in their overall learning and classroom engagement."

Staff at Matsumoto school are excited as they begin to implement this program in the classrooms, TK - 6th grade!!

I invite you to come to our MindUp Parent Information Workshop on September 19 at 6:30 in the forum. I promise you will leave with tools you can use in your own life!

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