Empowering Families team prepares for the coming year

Team will deliver Mind in the Making to staff and families in the Providence schools.

An eight-member team is hard at work right now preparing to bring Mind in the Making — an eight-session series that covers the executive function skills children need to succeed — to families and staff in the Providence elementary schools.

Most members of the team will spend their days in seven Providence schools working with parents and other guardians of young children, as well as staff. This year they will be based at the Alan S. Feinstein at Broad Street, Veazie Street, Leviton, Robert F. Kennedy, Reservoir Avenue, Harry Kizirian and Mary E. Fogarty schools, but families and staff from other public elementary schools will be invited to participate in the workshops as well.

When both staff and families participate in Mind in the Making, they develop a common language around emotional, behavioral and cognitive development. Both teachers and parents have said it has made their conversations with one another far more productive.

“This workshop is absolutely the best training I have ever attended,” said one Providence teacher after completing the program. “It has impacted my professional and personal life. These life skills are essential to all interactions… I love that parents will have the opportunity to experience this training and its valuable information.”

To date we have brought Mind in the Making to more than 2,000 family members, educators and others who interact with young children (Prekindergarten to Grade 3). We offer it in both English and Spanish, and at times that accommodate the schedules of families and educators.

Scarlet Arias

For families we provide a full meal and child care. All of the workshops are facilitated by trained educators.

Mind in the Making has made me much more comfortable in the schools,” noted Scarlet Arias, the mother of two young children. “I recommend it to everyone.”

For more information on this program, please call Tania Quezada at 401.443.2911 or email tquezada@rwu.edu. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Top photo (l-r): Shirly Castellanos, Dasiel Rondon, Ana Velez, Yeimy Bakemon-Morel, Jasmin Leon, Tania Quezada, Martha Rodriguez and Rosa Inirio.

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.





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