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October 16, 2013
More evidence that it’s never to late to learn or relearn essential life skills, as Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making, has often stressed.
Turns out some boys in their teens may be turning off the switch that turns on empathy, according to an insightful story in the Wall Street Journal this week titled “The Teenage Empathy Gap: Vital Social Skill Ebbs and Flows in Adolescent Boys; How to Cultivate Sensitivity.”
The article states:
Adolescent males actually show a temporary decline, between ages 13 and 16, in a related skill—affective empathy, or the ability to recognize and respond to others' feelings, according to the study, co-authored by Jolien van der Graaff, a doctoral candidate in the Research Centre Adolescent Development at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Fortunately, the boys' sensitivity recovers in the late teens. Girls' affective empathy remains relatively high and stable through adolescence.
Clearly, the case can be made that there should be ongoing learning when it comes to taking the perspective of others.
This skill is not just essential for children, maintains Galinsky.
“It's essential for adults too,” Galinsky explained in a Psychology Today article. “The man considered one of the greatest thinkers about modern management, the late Peter Drucker, has said that an "outside-in perspective" -seeing things as a customer or client would see them- is responsible for the creation of some of the most innovative businesses of the past and present. Think of iPods, Google, and eBay-innovative products and companies that understood a need that hadn't existed beforehand.”read more
October 10, 2013
The “Art Lady” from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Judith A. Rubin, will be premiering her film, “Lessons from the Neighborhood: What Mister Rogers was Really Teaching,” next month in New York, and educators, parents, child advocates, and anyone who cares about children are all invited to attend.
Here’s a trailer of Rubin’s movie:
It will part of a thought-provoking evening, including a tribute to Fred Rogers and a panel discussion with well-known childhood experts such as Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute and author of “Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.” Galinsky was Fred Rogers parenting expert who worked with him for many years.
Other panelists include Jerlean Daniel, an early childhood consultant; Joel Dulberg, Emmy award winning sound engineer who worked on Rogers’ first show in 1953; Yeou-Cheng Ma, developmental pediatrician and executive director of the Children’s Orchestra of New York; Angela Santomero, create of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS; Judish S. Schachter, MD, a child analyst and past president of the American Psychoanalytic Association; and William Strickland, Jr., an artist, CEO and MacArthur Award Winner.
The evening will also include tributes to Rogers by Yo-Yo Ma, T. Berry Brazelton, pediatrician and neonatologist, and Jonathan Kozol, author, educator, and social activist.
The event will be held on Saturday Nov. 9 at 6:30 pm at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School on 66 West 12th Street. Go here to register for the event.
September 12, 2013
Families and Work Institute
Groundbreaking Initiative Teaches Essential Life Skills Through Popular Children’s Books
First Book and 'Mind in the Making' author team up to bring research-based books and resources
to educators serving children in need
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 – Books and blogs abound with advice for raising children, little of it based in research and evidence. But Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute and a renowned expert in the field of work-family life and child development, has spent the past 13 years investigating the research on children’s learning across academic disciplines, including neuroscience, cognitive science, child development studies; as well as studies on the development of content knowledge -- everything from literacy to STEM -- reviewing more than 1,000 studies and conducting in-depth interviews with close to 100 leading researchers.
The result of this investigation is Mind in the Making, a book as well as training and other materials that describe seven critical skills that children need to develop and how adults can promote them.
Working with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational materials to children in need, Galinsky and the Mind in the Making team at Families and Work Institute compiled an unprecedented collection of children’s books that teach how to promote the seven essential life skills.
The initiative includes a series of tip sheets compiled by the Institute as companion pieces to this collection of children’s books. Educators and families can use the books and the tips sheets to promote life skills based on executive functions of the brain, such as focus and self control, as they read along with kids.read more
Can The Hungry Caterpillar or Five Little Ducks help teach children about life skills?
We think so.
Mind in the Making today announces a ground-breaking initiative with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational materials to in need, including an unprecedented collection of children’s books that teach the sevenread more
August 23, 2013
(submission instructions are on the application)
The Seven Essential Life Skills: Focus and Self Control, Perspective Taking, Communicating, Making Connections, Critical Thinking, Taking on Challenges and Self-Directed, Engaged Learning are introduced to communities through Community Facilitator Institutes. These are three-day Institutes where community leaders will become the Community Facilitators and learn about the Seven Essential Life Skills Modules by directly experiencing them as a prelude to teaching them.
The Mind in the Making Seven Essential Life Skills Learning Modules
With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Marks Family Foundation, Families and Work Institute created eight Modules from the book called the Seven Essential Life Skills Modules. These are PowerPoints with embedded videos. These eight Modules are based on the following premises:
- We begin by engaging families and professionals in an experiential process of self-reflection and self-discovery where they experience their own competence in each of the Skills, probe why the Skill is important in their own lives and take responsibility for proposing strategies to improve the Skill in themselves.
- We then connect the adults’ experiences to the research on the Skill in children’s lives—why it is important and how it can be promoted—through videos that present the most respected and compelling child development research on the Skill in an accessible way.
- We provide specific evidence-based activities that participants can use to promote the Skill in children.
- Each participant then makes specific plans to promote the Skills in themselves and in children, which they report on in subsequent Modules.
The objectives of the Institute are that Facilitators will be prepared to implement the following:
- Principles of Facilitated Learning – The Institutes are based on promoting a different vision of teaching and learning called Facilitated Learning that is based on research in children and adults. These principles are described and modeled in each of the Modules and form the basis of the evaluation of Community Facilitators. Community Facilitators will have the opportunity to see the Principles in action during the Institute, time to discuss them and then opportunity to practice them.
- Research – Facilitators will watch videos and experience in-depth conversations about the research that support each Life Skill and Executive Function.
- Learning Journey – The Learning Journey is consistent throughout each Module. The Journey begins with the Skill definition, focusing first on the adult, seeing and discussing the research, participating in activities that demonstrate/promote the Skill and then looking at the importance of the Skill for children and action to promote the Skill. The Learning Journey is built upon the notion that learning is relationship based and each Module builds upon the previous one.
- Application of Knowledge – Facilitators will identify activities and strategies that they can employ to promote Executive Functions Life Skills. Facilitators will also be given the opportunity to practice and/or plan how they will implement the Learning Modules in their communities and lives.