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Civic Science to Improve Child Outcomes

Mind in the Making author Ellen Galinsky, the Bezos Family Foundation, and leading researchers on Executive Function (including our Co-founders!) make the case for citizens and scientists to work together to address our most challenging and science needs to improve child outcomes in the latest issue of Child Development. Contact us to request the article.

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Interview Dr. Philip David Zelazo

In this interview Dr. Philip David Zelazo, Co-founder of Reflection Sciences and leading researcher in the field of developmental psychology, answers important questions from Ellen Galinsky, Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundation, Co-founder and President of Families and Work Institute (FWI), and Vroom Advisor. The interview was…

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University of Minnesota – CEHD’s CEED partners with Reflection Sciences

by Cassandra Blohowiak The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) has partnered with tech start-up Reflection Sciences to conduct on-site trainings on the Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) in Minnesota. The MEFS is a testing app that early educators can use to measure executive function (EF) and early learning readiness in children. It is the only early learning readiness assessment measuring…

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Pretend Play – How To Get Kids to Focus Using Superheroes

For young children, pretend play is so much more important than just having fun. In a study by Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson, University of Minnesota Professor and Reflection Sciences CEO and Co-founder, and U of MN alums Dr. Rachel White, Dr. Emily Prager, and Catherine Schaefer, children who pretend to be their strong-minded hero are…

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Be a Better Mentor with Executive Function

Joseph Angaran, national Check & Connect trainer at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, explains the power of ‘pausing’ to enhance executive function and be a better mentor. Reflection, which refers to the ability to “notice challenges, pause, consider options, and put things into context prior to responding”, supports healthy academic,…

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Self Regulation in Children: Improving Executive Function

The Harvard Graduate School of Education members Stephanie M. Jones, Rebecca Bailey, Sophie P. Barnes, and Ann Partee released a project report highlighting how to define executive function, a skillset for self regulation in children. They also describe national efforts to support executive function, featuring Tools of the Mind, Lumosity, the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, the KIPP…

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Advantages of Early Childhood Education

According to recent research by Professor and Nobel-winning economist James Heckman, there are huge advantages of Early Childhood Education. High-quality early childhood development programs can deliver an annual return of 13% per child on upfront costs through better outcomes in education, health, employment and social behavior. “Investing in the continuum of learning from birth to…

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Early Childhood Education Benefits and How to Make Them Last

The National Public Radio education blogger Elissa Nadworny explores Early Childhood Education Benefits and how differences between preschools affect children. “The question is turning away from whether we should do pre-kindergarten and instead to HOW should we do pre-kindergarten…” See the full article here.

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Executive Function Issues or Laziness?

This 2-part series by Dr. Lynn Margolies of Psych Central features the published work of Reflection Sciences Co-founder, Dr. Phil Zelazo. Part 1 of the series describes how Executive Function issues, the new “hot” umbrella term being used by teachers, counselors, and parents to describe an array of learning and attentional issues, differs from laziness. Part…