Program Snapshot from Wallace Foundation
MindUP™ is a PreK-12 program that offers a framework and curriculum for social and emotional learning designed to be modeled by teachers in the classroom. The program integrates social and emotional learning with concepts from the fields of neuroscience, mindful awareness, and positive psychology to help students develop self-regulation, focus, and sustained attention while reducing stress and anxiety. MindUP offers a curriculum published by Scholastic that is divided into lessons for primary grades (PreK-2 and Grades 3-5), middle school (Grades 6-8), and high school (Grades 9-12). The primary grade curriculum includes 15 lessons to be implemented throughout the school year, with each lesson taught over the course of 2-3 weeks. Lessons typically last 40 minutes and include a review, introduction, classroom practice, optional academic integration or life practice activities, and an assessment. Lessons also include associated activities that range from short 5-minute assignments to multi-week projects, and frequently incorporate opportunities for reflection and journal writing. In addition, adults lead students in MindUP’s Core Practice, a short listening and breathing exercise, three times a day to practice mindful attention outside of lessons. MindUP now also offers a grade-specific online curriculum intended to provide teachers with a better understanding of lesson concepts as well as more flexibility around how to present them to students. Each lesson includes additional reading materials and videos related to the lesson theme, and teachers are encouraged to contribute their own activities to the online portal. MindUP is a way of teaching as much as it is something to teach, and the online platform has a particular focus on activities that are aligned with academic subject matter. Developed by the Hawn Foundation.
Areas of Focus (as stated by program) Brain science, mindfulness (mindful listening, seeing, smelling, tasting, touch, movement, and action), focused awareness, perspective-taking, optimism, gratitude, and kindness