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On site Progress of MindUPDear 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 http://brainchildblog.com/ (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]).