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On site Progress of MindUP

Dear Group Members,

We are all aware that it is no easy task to implement a new program in school--regardless of whether it is an academically-based or SEL program, such as MindUP. It take a complete effort on the part of individual teachers and school administrators, and support from parents. Not to mention that students need to buy into the program as well. But if a consistent and dedicated effort is made many good things can happen. I offer as evidence evaluation data from the Jonsson Community School in Dallas, Texas, which a year ago begin implementing MindUP. Some of the interesting activities teachers have used in relation to MindUP can be found at (a MindUP blog created by Heather Bryant, Associate Head of the Jonsson Community School and Associate Director of MindUP South Central Region ([email protected]). The Jonsson Community School also used THF's MindUP Evaluation Toolkit to measure the effectiveness of the program. (See the "Executive Summary" in the resources section and contact Heather for a copy of the full report.)

What innovative ways have you and your school colleagues implemented MindUP? If you have implemented MindUP in your classroom or school, have you had an opportunity to track your students' progress in MindUP? What measures have you used? If would like a copy of the MindUP Evaluation Toolkit, please contact me at your convenience ([email protected]).

Happy Holidays,
Marc Meyer


I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my MindUp curriculum books. I cant wait to read more and try to implement some of the strategies in my classes.

[ report as inappropriate ] August 20, 2012, 12:00 am


Is there anyone in Australia who runs MindUp workshops?

[ report as inappropriate ] August 20, 2012, 12:00 am

Jean Marie Walker

I have begun using the MindUp Curriculum with 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade students. I am using it during our Health/Social Skills class time. The students are brainstorming(!)and creating a song/rap/poem to demonstrate their knowledge of the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and hippocampus. I hope to video the students, and they will perform at our all-school gatherings.

[ report as inappropriate ] September 25, 2012, 4:41 pm

Christina Lewis

We completed part one of lesson one - it took about 1/2 hour. The lesson was easy to plan for, and I made the "brain bottle" suggessted in the lesson. All I can say is WOW! My students have already mastered the limbic system and its functions, and have begun to use belly breathing to calm and focus their minds. I can't wait to present part 2 and see what happens. Prestently I am the only teacher using MindUp, but we have already gained the attention of our principal, a.p., and counselors. I can feel a MindUp school coming on!!

[ report as inappropriate ] January 9, 2013, 4:28 pm

Christina Lewis

Sorry for the spelling errors! That is what I get for commenting during lunch, and not focusing first!!!

[ report as inappropriate ] January 9, 2013, 4:30 pm

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