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Saratoga Union School District Hosts Regional Teacher Training

Co-host is Hawn Foundation; agency also working on implementing 'MindUp' curriculum.

Editor's Note: The following information was posted on the Saratoga Union School District's website. It's been edited for clarity and brevity.

The Saratoga Union School District is working in partnership with the Hawn Foundation in implementing the MindUp curriculum into its classrooms.

MindUp is a teaching and learning tool serving children from all walks of life.

The program has helped thousands of children and teachers in hundreds of classrooms and schools throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.K.

Grounded in cognitive neuroscience, mindful education, positive psychology, social and emotional learning, and evidence-based teaching practices, MindUP is designed to integrate with existing curricula to enrich the school day.

MindUP incorporates basic brain science into each of its 15 comprehensive lessons. This helps children to become more engaged in their studies by understanding how learning is influenced by their thoughts, emotions, and actions.

Simply put, when children understand how the brain works—from the basic mechanics of its structure, its chemical reactions and neural pathways, and how the brain reacts to stimuli—they in turn become capable of using their brains more effectively and creatively, which leads to a more optimistic outlook and greater resiliency.

The SUSD will also be co-hosting with The Hawn Foundation a northern California regional training for educators 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23 at Redwood Middle School, 13925 Fruitvale Ave.

All educators are invited to attend. See attached PDF flier for more information.

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