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Mind in the Making

Community School Collaborations--A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

Guest Bloggers: Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educati...

Understanding the Language Of Children's Behavior: Lessons From the Research of Berry Brazleton

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Brazelton realized that children's behavior affects parents just as parents' behavior affects children. It is a two-way street.

Finding a Work-Life Fit: Lessons from Marissa Mayer and Anne-Marie Slaughter

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 09.19.2012 | Women
Ellen Galinsky

Our responses to Mayer and Slaughter are holding up a mirror to us, reflecting some societal expectations and behavior that I think should be called into question.

Executive Function Skills Predict Children's Success in Life and in School

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Executive functions are the brain functions we use to manage our attention, our emotions, and our behavior in pursuit of our goals. Adele Diamond finds that executive functions predict children's success as well as -- if not better than -- IQ tests.

You Can Turn No Into Yes and Other Lessons Learned

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 07.29.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

In just one short day, my grandson picked up a key point of the philosophy that has always meant everything to me: Live to learn and learn to live.

Executive Function Skills Are Essential to America's Present and Future

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

As we learn more about executive function skills and as we begin to promote them, it is clear that we can make progress on some of America's more enduring challenges.

Let's Put the Child Back Together -- The Social, Emotional, Physical, and Cognitive Child

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Although there are times when learning is more cognitive than social or more emotional than cognitive, when children are fully engaged in learning, they are engaged on all these levels.

Promoting Self Control: It Might Not Be What You Think

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 04.22.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

How do we promote self control? Here are a few ideas from research that show it's not how we might think.

Give the Gift of Curiosity for the Holidays -- Lessons From Laura Schulz

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 02.18.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It is by remaining curious that children learn, whether about the natural world or about people. And that is a gift that lasts long after the holidays are over!

Helping Children Thrive When Faced With Setbacks: Lessons From Carol Dweck

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 10.30.2011 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

The lesson is this -- every day is a new day in being a parent. We can help our children learn not to wilt when there are setbacks.

Fast-Tracking to Kindergarten? How About a Good Track to Learning in Kindergarten and Beyond?

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

There are the two views of early education that have been pitted against each other for decades: pouring knowledge into children to build bigger brains or putting them out side and giving them opportunities to play.

An Epidemic of Stress Among College Students (and Younger Children) Is NOT Inevitable

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ellen Galinsky

Is an epidemic of childhood stress inevitable? No. Life is certainly stressful, but by helping our kids create strategies to manage stress, we are giving them a resource for life.

Give the Gift of Curiosity to a Child for the Holidays

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Being curious is a key to living a life of accomplishment and meaning. So why do we pay so little attention to promoting curiosity in children?

Changing the Equations to Improve the Bottom Line

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

When asked for a closing comment at a Forum on Workplace Flexibility sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation last week, Senior Advisor to Preside...

Rethinking How We Learn and Work

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

We need to focus on managing our attention and energy, not just our time. Some schools are experimenting with providing longer time periods for learning and finding that it can be very effective.

Fixing Education: Lessons from Waiting for Superman & a Visit to the Harlem Children's Zone

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

I know a documentary can't do everything -- and this one has a crystal clear intent, but we cannot and must not ignore these factors if we are to make progress.

The Birth of a Playful Movement (VIDEO)

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

On Saturday October 3rd, the public in New York City's Central Park will have a chance to enjoy The Ultimate Block Party -- a day of free family fun and the launch of a movement in support of playful learning.

A Retrospective on High School Reunions: The First Years Last Forever

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

If anyone doesn't think the early years are important, doesn't believe the reams of reports and research on their enduring impact, I would love them to have been at my reunion.

The U.S Is 11th: It's Time to Listen to the Children

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

The United States has fallen to 11th in Newsweek's list of the best countries in the world. What is interesting is that the debate about why we are losing our "oomph as a superpower" has focused in part on U.S. education.

The Brain Unplugged From Technology: Implications for Learning in Young Children

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

Last month, Professor David Strayer organized a week-long camping trip with four other neuroscientists to experience for themselves how unplugging from technology affected their own brains.

It's Not Just the Teacher -- It's What the Teacher Teaches, Including Life Skills!

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

As I reviewed study after study, across multiple disciplines, from developmental psychology to neuroscience, it became abundantly clear to me that life skills make a difference in children's short-term and long-term success.

Seven Ways to Help Your Children Thrive During Summer

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

Incorporating the program principles recently featured in Time magazine, here are seven suggestions for low-cost or no-cost activities to help keep your kids from falling behind during "the summer slide."

The Promise of Play: A Report from the 2010 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 06.13.2013 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

There is no doubt that "play" is under appreciated, even misunderstood. So it was significant to me that the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival boldly embraced play and added a whole track to its agenda called "the promise of play."

Education: Reform or Transformation? A Report from the 2010 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

The United States was once first in the world in college graduation rates, we are now 14th. Many well-known speakers from very diverse fields at see the need for educational change as a societal, economic and moral imperative

What Nurtures Leaders Who Have Bold Ideas? A Report from the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

Let's assume that the people invited to present at the 2010 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival have important ideas to share. There are important things we can learn from their own career paths: how did they become people with "bold ideas?"