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Growing Resilient Minds: Strategies for Building Mental Fitness in Students

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

10:00am-4:30pm (includes a 30-minute lunch break)
$165 (includes lunch and all materials)

Presenters: Dido Balla, MS, Head of Education; Carrie Patterson, Executive Director, MindUp- The Goldie Hawn Foundation, Santa Monica, CA

MindUp logoIn this in-depth interactive Academy, participants will receive simple tools and resources to support you in helping children understand the way their brain works, how the structures of the brain impact one's ability to focus attention, manage emotions, and understand the human potential for happiness. Through MindUP, over 7 million students from around the world have learned how to take brain breaks to regulate their emotions, practice perspective-taking, and bring more optimism, kindness, and gratitude into their lives.

While the focus of MindUP is on participants understanding how their brains work, we start with a focus on personal identities in order to create a safe space for all participants. Starting with personal identities and leading into the brain allows us to create safe spaces with a DEIB lens. All participants play an active role in designing a space that is safe for them individually and as a group, and by the end of the session, participants have learned more about themselves and the ways their emotions are regulated.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will learn simple tools and resources to support educators in helping children understand the way their brain works.
  • Attendees will learn how the structures of the brain impact one's ability to focus attention.
  • Attendees will learn how to manage emotions and understand the human potential for happiness.

In partnership with SEL4CA.

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Dido Balla roundDido Balla, MS
A passionate Educator and Entrepreneur, Dido graduated with a Master’s of Science in Secondary Education from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. As a Teach For America Corps Member, he taught English in Miami for four years, before teaching and becoming an administrator at North Broward Prep School in Coconut Creek, Florida. As an experienced brain trainer, Dido has positively impacted hundreds of parents and educators as well as thousands of students in the areas of emotional intelligence, mindful awareness, and positive psychology. 

Carrie PattersonCarrie Patterson

Carrie Patterson serves as the Executive Director of MindUP™ | The Goldie Hawn Foundation. MindUP™ | The Goldie Hawn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to help children develop the knowledge and tools they need to manage stress, regulate emotions, and face the challenges of the 21st century with optimism, resilience, and compassion.

Carrie leads the organization alongside the Founder & CEO in the areas of strategic planning, digital transformation, online training, fundraising, partnerships, and the operations of the organization.

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