Mindset Works Empowers Young Learners with Release of Literacy-based Program

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Growing Early Mindsets™ nurtures the whole child through growth mindset, social and emotional learning, and mindfulness

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To leverage their full power, growth mindset and SEL should be nurtured from an early age, and GEM makes that possible.

Mindset Works, the global leader in research-based growth mindset programs for students and educators, announces the release of Growing Early Mindsets™ (GEM™). GEM is the first-ever literacy-based growth mindset, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mindfulness teaching and learning framework for PreK-3rd classrooms and programs.

Rooted in research and standards-aligned, GEM is flexible and integrates seamlessly into busy teachers’ existing daily practices in core subject areas, including language and literacy, science, numeracy, and technology.

The curriculum consists of 10 children’s books and three teacher guides. Guides include lesson plans, learning routines and instructional tools, and formative and summative assessments, along with activities and ideas for parents to foster growth mindsets and SEL at home. A one-year subscription is also included for GEM Central™, a growing online PLC providing on-demand implementation support for GEM teachers. The hub includes photos and videos of modeled lessons, downloadable reproducibles, and a virtual community where users can connect and learn from one another.

“We designed GEM to be a flexible curriculum framework that transforms learning and teaching. Teachers can begin by facilitating lessons in as little as 10 minutes daily, weekly, or at longer intervals with implementation options that deepen teaching and learning over time,” said Dr. Kendra Coates, educator, author of GEM, and Specialist at Mindset Works. “To leverage their full power, growth mindset and SEL should be nurtured from an early age, and GEM makes that possible.”

Research demonstrates GEM’s impact on a range of effective learning habits that promote children’s overall well-being and academic success, including all five of CASEL’s SEL competencies. GEM students exhibited growth mindset-related behaviors, such as effort investment, seeking learning and challenge, error correction, and resilience. By teaching and fostering growth mindset and SEL from the earliest of opportunities, GEM enables a proactive and preventative approach to promoting equity in the critically important early learning environment.

As a result of teaching GEM, educators had increased motivation to improve their practice and confidence in cultivating a growth mindset and SEL competencies in their students. Teaching GEM also changed educators’ perceptions of their own and others’ learning and growth—they adopted more of a growth mindset.

“Growth mindset addresses both the hearts and minds of students and staff,” said Kourtney Ferrua, principal at Wascher Elementary of McMinnville School District in Oregon. “By embracing the productive struggle and helping our students understand that through doing hard things they have the opportunity to grow their brains, we have unleashed a wave that has contributed to our student growth landing in the top 10% of our state.”

Young children arrive in schools with joy, curiosity and a passion for learning. GEM enables teachers to cultivate this love of learning and promote positive academic and social and emotional outcomes.

To learn more about GEM, visit https://www.mindsetworks.com/GEMWelcome.

About Mindset Works®
Mindset Works is the global leader in developing comprehensive growth mindset programs and services to unlock student and educator potential. Growth mindset pioneer and Stanford University professor Dr. Carol S. Dweck and K-12 mindset expert Dr. Lisa S. Blackwell co-founded Mindset Works more than a decade ago based on 30+ years of research. Since then, Mindset Works has continued to translate the latest academic research into practical growth mindset and social emotional learning (SEL) tools to serve thousands of schools and enable its mission to foster a culture of perpetual learning and growth. Learn more at http://www.mindsetworks.com.

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