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MindUP is the CASEL-accredited social-emotional learning program of The Goldie Hawn Foundation.

The MindUP curriculum is a 15-lesson series published by Scholastic and is based on the four pillars: neuroscience, social-emotional learning, positive psychology, and mindful awareness. Coupled with formal professional development in the program, MindUP allows students to build a scaffolding of awareness and self-regulation that will increase self-control, empathy, optimism, and academic goals.

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The MindUP™ Curriculum beautifully combines SEL and academic learning by teaching our students about brain science and important skills to create joyful, harmonious classrooms.

About the innovation

What is MindUP

Mission & Vision

MindUP™ | The Goldie Hawn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to help children develop the mental fitness necessary to thrive in school, work and life. MindUP was created in response to the global epidemic of childhood aggression, anxiety, depression and suicide. Based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP gives children the knowledge and tools they need to manage stress, regulate emotions and face the challenges of the 21st century with resilience. 

The MindUP Program

MindUP’s signature program is an acclaimed classroom-based curriculum, spanning ages 3 to 14. Developed by a team of experts focusing on four pillars: neuroscience, social-emotional learning (SEL), positive psychology and mindful awareness. The curriculum consists of a series of lessons that work together to build a scaffolding of awareness and skills necessary to increase prosocial behavior, executive functioning, and social and emotional competence. MindUP teaches children how to focus their attention, use brain breaks as a means to manage stress, act with empathy, and build resilience in the face of challenge. 

Research & Evidence

  • MindUP infuses developmental neuroscience, mindful awareness practice, social emotional learning, and positive psychology to foster children’s well-being and resiliency.
  •  MindUP teaches children about the brain. Understanding the structure of the brain and how it functions gives children a sense of control and empowerment.
  • Research has revealed that positive emotions lead to a broader scope of attention and greater motivation (Fredrickson & Branigan, 2005.)
  •  MindUP infuses strategies derived from the science of happiness to provide children with skills to foster well-being and happiness.
  • People who can regulate their emotions are more likely to show empathy and to act prosocially towards others (Blake, Piovesan, Montinari, Warneken, & Gino, 2015; Eisenberg, Smith, Sadovsky, & Spinrad, 2004).

MindUP Outcomes

  • Better stress regulation as assessed by the stress hormone, cortisol.
  • Improved student outcomes: academics, attention and prosocial behavior.
  • More prosocial, trustworthy, and liked by their peers.
  • Enhanced tools and strategies for self-regulation.
  •  Increased optimism, happiness, and resilience.

de Carvalho, Pinto, & Marôco, (2017) Schonert-Reichl & Lawlor, 2010; Schonert-Reichl et al., 2015; Thierry, Bryant, Nobles, & Norris, (2016).

We are a Global Community in over 14 countries. Since 2003, MindUP has impacted nearly 7 million children and trained approximately 175,000 teachers.

MindUP is now offering virtual training opportunities and will soon be launching MindUP 2.0 by introducing an interactive online platform which will include training, exclusive content, and an engaging community from around the world.

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

MindUP has created excellent and easy to use resources that are applicable for students from age 3-14. Educating students on the importance of self-care and mindfulness has well-researched positive impacts later in life. MindUP has recently transitioned to offer more online resources that will increase their scale worldwide.

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There has never been a more important time to equip young people with the tools they need to balance their emotions and prioritise their wellbeing. MindUp provides practical, easy to adopt techniques that are rooted in science and that have a high adoption and success rate. It has high scalability,
I have had first hand experience using this program with students aged 4 through 11. It has wonderful implications to help teachers bring social emotional learning and mindfulness into their classrooms.
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