Mind in the Making

Mind in the Making (MITM), developed by Families and Work Institute (FWI), is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families, educators and other professionals who work with children.

Ready to Learn now offers two MITM courses: The Seven Essential Life Skills (for families as well as educators and other staff at elementary schools), and The Science of Early Learning (for early childhood educators). The courses, offered in English and Spanish, are described briefly below, and in more depth in the tabs at left.  For more information, please call Tania Quezada, who is fluent in English and Spanish, at (401) 490-9960 or e-mail her at tquezada@provplan.org.

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

prov schoolsPartnering with the Providence Public School Department, Ready to Learn Providence is offering this eight-session course to nearly 3,000 faculty, support staff and parents of children K to Grade 3 at PPSD elementary schools. We’re also offering this course to the families of children who are just months away from entering kindergarten in Providence.

The course outlines the skills children need to succeed, explains how children learn them, and shows how to promote the seven skills through everyday activities at home and in the classroom. Click here to see what those skills are and to learn more about the course.

We are grateful to all of the organizations that are making this important partnership with the Providence Public School Department possible: the US Department of Education, Investing in Innovation Fund; The Rhode Island Foundation; United Way of Rhode Island; the Anne E. Casey Foundation; The Campaign for Grade Level Reading; The A.M. Fund; The Bezos Family Foundation; the Kellogg Foundation; and the Institute for Educational Leadership.


Mind in the Making: The Science of Early Learning

When does learning begin and how is it nurtured? What role does social and emotional development play? Are we born with an innate drive to solve problems?

These are just a few of the fascinating questions addressed in Mind in the Making: The Science of Early Learning, an 11-session course developed by FWI after years of compiling the most rigorous research on early learning.

Ready to Learn piloted this course, which bridges the gap between research and teaching practice, in 2006, and currently offers it to early childhood educators as often as funding allows. Although the content is based on the most sophisticated science available, the material is presented in an accessible and highly compelling format.