Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning

Eaton Arrowsmith Learning Centre is excited to offer a program called MindUP™ (The Hawn Foundation, 2009) starting in the 2010-11 school year. MindUP™ is a classroom-based social emotional learning (SEL) program designed to enhance a student’s self-awareness, social awareness, focused attention, self regulation, problem solving, pro-social behaviors (helping, sharing, and cooperating), and positive human qualities, such as happiness, optimism, and altruism. Research has shown that students who participate in SEL programs like MindUP™ enhance their overall learning potential, and the resulting positive behaviors lead to lower dropout rates, a decrease in anxiety and depression rates, a decrease in classroom conduct problems and increased academic success.

Mind UP™ was created to help children understand the ways their minds work and how their thoughts and feelings affect their behavior. The program has four goals: 1) to foster mindful focused awareness; 2) to increase positive human qualities, such as empathy, perspective-taking, helpfulness and kindness; 3) to increase optimism and well-being; and 4) to foster a cohesive, caring classroom climate.

The MindUP™ program curriculum is informed by the latest scientific research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, social emotional learning, and positive psychology.

Through a series of simple lessons, students learn strategies to calm their minds, focus their attention and become more aware of themselves, others and their environment. Each lesson also teaches students about their brain (anatomy and function), and how they can positively influence their own brain development. Along with the classroom lessons, there is a short, three times a day practice of calming the mind through focused breathing and listening.

If you would like to learn more about the research around social emotional learning, please visit the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) website. If you have further questions about the program or would like more information, please feel free to contact Rose Atkins (MindUP™ program co-ordinator for EAS) at

MindUp Video from TEDMED 2009

TEDMED talk on MindUP featuring Goldie Hawn (founder of The Hawn Foundation) and Dr. Dan Siegel (Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry, and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute).

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