Neuroscience for Everyday Life

The Neuroscience of Mindset

Stefanie Faye Frank

Neuroscience
Stefanie Faye Frank’s research and graduate degree from New York University focused on the cross-section of neuroplasticity and social-emotional intelligence. At Academia Stefanie teaches The Neuroscience of Social Justice. Her counseling and teaching work in countries all over the world combine science research with insights from mindfulness, transformative education and social justice. She is currently a consultant and guest speaker for K-12 teacher development programs and various organizations across the US, Europe and Canada, including Google, Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design Thinking in Berlin, Northwestern and Northeastern University, Illinois State University and the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine. Before her graduate work, she enjoyed an award-winning career as a French teacher for diplomats, before becoming a linguist and intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense.

NEUROSCIENCE OF MINDSET

In this interactive workshop, you’ll get a deeper understanding of how brains are built, how mindsets are formed, and how adversity and toxic stress affect brain architecture.

Specifically, participants will learn:

Concrete neuroscience principles about how the brain learns, which gives new language to resonate with students about the importance of struggle, effort, and persistence for building powerful brain architecture

How to lower students’ fear of failure and push them to take on new challenges by understanding the brain mechanics behind mistakes and why they lead to brain growth

The neuroscience of ‘back-to-front’ development, which helps teachers re-assess their own modeling and expectations of executive functioning skills and self-regulation

How to create science-informed conditions of ‘psychological safety’ in the classroom by understanding the neurobiology of social engagement systems – one of the keys to helping evolved brain systems be as accessible as possible for learning

An overview of outdated understandings of human behavior, and how science can help classrooms evolve into spaces that optimize brain development and skills for the new economy and future job markets.

6 weeks

Full day
$250/Week
  • 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Pay in full or spread the cost with up to 6 payments
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6 weeks

Full day
$250/Week
  • 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Pay in full or spread the cost with up to 6 payments
Register Now

4 weeks

Full day
$260/Week
  • 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Pay in full or spread the cost with up to 6 payments
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4 weeks

Full day
$260/Week
  • 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Pay in full or spread the cost with up to 6 payments
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1 week

Full day
$270/Week
  • 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Pay in full or spread the cost with up to 6 payments
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The Neuroscience of Social Justice

This is a course designed for any professional—working with youth or adults in any context—to understand the neurobiology of human behavior in terms of how our own personal histories, and the evolution of human society, affects our current behaviors and worldviews. The course will look at the ‘mechanics of oppression’ and how power structures maintain status quo systems through mechanisms that affect us on deeply primitive and neurobiological levels. We will explore various forces that prevent humans from accessing their most evolved brain architecture. These forces include Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, digital depression, social media addiction, ‘peer-reared’ societies (excessive peer-to-peer orientation), fixed mindsets, fear-based and inadequacy-based marketing, and ‘in-group’ and ‘out-group’ mentality. Resilience is the power to ‘become transformed by that which we cannot control’ in ways that increase our sense of agency to make a difference in the overall conditions of the world we live in. To empower those we work with as well as ourselves, we will explore how to increase this sense through the concepts of growth mindset, self-regulation, and ‘self-transcendent purpose.’

Mindset Neuroscience for Business Innovators

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Mindset Neuroscience for Educators

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TESTIMONIALS

“[…] fabulous, helpful, thought provoking, growth oriented training […] I want to experience it again. I benefited more from this experience than I have from whole classes on brain development, entire textbooks on brain research and multi-day educational conferences. I know I am a better teacher for this morning’s experience. Heartfelt thanks”. – Michele, Kansas City MO

“One of the best Professional Development sessions I’ve attended in my 5 years at CCC”. – Jonathan Keiser PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Educational Quality, Office of Strategy and Academic Governance, City Colleges of Chicago

“If you are looking for ways to help your students understand themselves better as a way to learn better, then look no further!  Stefanie’s workshops will explain how your students think and give you accessible ways to transfer that knowledge to your students. This helps them see struggle as a normal and necessary part of learning”. – Samantha Martin, teacher, Chicago IL

 

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CURRENT AND PAST CLIENTS

 

  • Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Google
  • Northeastern University, Chicago
  • Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking, Berlin
  • Illinois State University, Department of Education – Chicago Teacher Pipeline
  • University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
  • Tutoring Chicago (formerly Cabrini Green Tutoring)
  • EHOVE Career Training, Ohio
  • Blue Valley School District, Missouri
  • Horizon Science Academy, Chicago
  • Christopher House Chicago
  • Empowerment through Education and Exposure, Chicago
  • Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Canada
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital, Canada
  • Independence School District, Missouri