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Grit, Growth Mindset and the Backlash against Both

A recent article in District Administration magazine explains how schools are using the Mindprint Cognitive Assessment to help design interventions for students, tailored to their individual cognitive profiles.  

Make Summer Count

First of all, summer should be fun, so the three programs we talk about in this blog ARE fun.  At the same time, they have the power to transform your child’s learning skills so the next school year has a better chance of fulfilling your and your child’s aspirations.

Do Too Many or Too Few Students from Poverty Get a Special Ed Label?

Do you have evidence for or believe that students living in poverty (with cognitive impact) are identified as needing specialized instruction and supports – therefore special education services?  Or do you believe that these students are over-identified as needing special education services and do not require them and unnecessarily receive an educational label.

Two Alphabets for the Same Language?

Scientists taught English speakers/readers a new alphabet where the “letters” looked like different types of houses.  The speakers/readers were able to learn the new alphabet and started to read at about a first-grade level following the two-week training protocol.  The fact that we can learn a second alphabet shouldn’t really be surprising. What may be surprising is why this is practical.

Shapes Thinking Puzzle

This problem comes from Conceptual Algebra Readiness for Everyone. Draw the next shape in the pattern.

Mind the Cognitive Gap

The phrase “Mind the Gap” refers to the gap between the train door and the station platform, particularly on the London underground system.  It reminds passengers to be careful when

The Science of Performance in Sports: Training the Mind

For decades, every sport, every athletic organization, and every sports executive has looked for its next superstar to elevate their performance. The world gravitates to sports superstars. And having high

BrainWare Learning Company Approved to Support School Improvement Initiatives in Indiana

In June, the Indiana Deparatment of Education (INDOE) approved 35 companies as technical assistance partners for the State's School Improvement efforts, including BrainWare Learning Company.  In August, school and district personnel from across the state had an opportunity to meet one-on-one with technical assistance partners to explore how they can work together to help achieve the State's amitious goals under ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act).

Teaching as a STEM Career

In the work that I’ve been doing on the connection between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and SEL (Social and Emotional Learning), I was looking for examples of STEM

STEM and SEL: Inseparable Partners

Recent media coverage of research at Google reinforces the abundant studies on what employers seek from their employees.  Technical skills may be important, but so-called soft skills are also indispensable. 

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