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Neuroscience for Everyday Life

The Neuroscience of Mindset


Lower fear of failure and ignite the joy of learning and perseverance through challenges with these interactive workshops that combine neuroscience, evolutionary biology, neonatology, physics, resilience and creativity research.

If you are an educator, social worker, parent or leader, this is the training that will skyrocket your understanding of neuroplasticity, growth mindset, and the influences of experience on our brain’s architecture and will help you create a culture of open-mindedness, curiosity and enthusiasm for taking on challenges. You’ll also learn how to increase a sense of purpose, compassion, and awareness of the unique value each person has in their contribution to the world around them.

Participants who sign up for any of the Mindset Neuroscience workshops also get exclusive access to a follow up Q & A session in May designed to help integrate what was learned from the previous session, with additional strategies for building growth mindset.

Stefanie Faye Frank


Stefanie Faye Frank’s research and graduate degree from New York University focused on the cross-section of neuroplasticity and social-emotional intelligence. Her research earned her an award at the 2010 NYU Graduate Research Conference. At Academia Stefanie teaches The Neuroscience of Mindset and 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.


by Stefanie Faye Frank | Neuroscience

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Mindset Neuroscience for Educators

“The problem with test scores is that humans are not standardized to begin with.” – Sir Ken Robinson

In this specialized training, educators learn a replicable method to integrate updated brain science into classrooms, staff development and moment-to-moment interactions between staff, students and personal relationships.  Through experiential and self-reflection exercises, educators learn how to improve their ability to connect with their students and create activities and conditions that optimize the human brain for learning.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • Science-informed strategies on how to cultivate growth mindset internally and with students.
  • The mechanics of how adversity, trauma, outdated science and power structures negatively affect learning and get strategies on how to cultivate psychological safety and optimal brain development for learning.
  • How to increase ‘neurodiversity’, new approaches to failure and whole-brain integration.
  • Strategies for boosting innovative, ‘change-makers’ mindsets in the classroom
  • Concrete ideas for how to talk about growth mindset from a neuroscience perspective


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Intentional Technology & the Teenage Brain

A 1.5 hour workshop discussing how the brain works with respect to technology.  Learn about the stress technology can create and how makers of apps can manipulate your behavior based on what scientists know about addiction.  You’ll also get ideas for using technology intentionally to gain the benefits and minimize the undesirable effects.

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The Neuroscience of Social Justice

“Our great challenge is to apply the lessons of neural plasticity, the flexibility of brain circuits, to rewire the brains and re-organize the minds of people who have been programmed by life itself to experience others as threats and themselves as helpless.” Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. The Body Keeps the Score.

Without safety, the human brain cannot access its most creative and flexible capacities. Safety, therefore, comes BEFORE ‘mindset’.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to foster two key types of safety: one that addresses the conditions and social structures around us. The other as it relates to the human capacity to use our minds to regulate our internal states. We must nurture both kinds of safety in order to transform a person’s trajectory.  This training will teach you the neurobiology of how adverse conditions affect brain architecture, how talent and potential are not innate or genetic, and what concrete things anyone can do to help others benefit from the positive effects of both physiological and psychological safety.

This intensive one-day training is 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.  You’ll learn about the ‘mechanics of oppression’ and how power structures maintain status quo systems through mechanisms that affect us on deeply primitive and neurobiological levels. We’ll explore various forces that prevent humans from accessing their most evolved brain architecture, including 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.’

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Institute for Mindset, Resilience & Innovation (iMRI)

The iMRI is a 6-month personal and group coaching intensive to help you gain “fluency” in neuroscience and take your career to a new level with a neuroscience-based initiative, project or public speaking.

Teach, model and apply the replicable Mindset Neuroscience framework, participate in practice teaching sessions with feedback, get featured on the website and become part of the alumni network.

Training Outcome: Graduates become “In-house specialists” who can faciliate their own Mindset Neuroscience™ workshops for staff, or deliver their own neuroscience-informed programs.

May 19th – 20th. Details coming soon!




“[…] 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

Learn more about Stefanie, including her teacher training programs and Mindset TV.





  • 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