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Mind in the Making Initiative
2.5-day Professional Seminar

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Be Part of Taking Mind in the Making to Scale in Head Start!

Do you want to become a Mind in the Making Institute Trained Facilitator to share cutting-edge, research-based, action-oriented training? Do you have the commitment, experience, and ability to collaborate with NHSA and turn this train-the-trainer opportunity into a national network of quality facilitators who will scale Mind in the Making (MITM) with the Head Start community?

NHSA is working to integrate Ellen Galinsky’s MITM research and the ground-breaking, science-based best practices created by the team at the Bezos Family Foundation with Head Start’s strong legacy of promoting executive function and life skills.

What is Mind in the Making?

Especially today, as technology proliferates, children have fewer and fewer opportunities for face-to-face social interactions and social negotiations. Yet the social and emotional needs of children haven’t changed. Ellen Galinsky’s research has identified the seven life skills that are essential for children in the short- and long-term: focus and self-control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and self-directed, engaged learning.

For all of us who have been wondering how to support children’s social-emotional-cognitive growth in a world where collaboration skills are critical to helping children thrive now and in the future, the Head Start MITM initiative offers that opportunity!

Apply to be trained at a national Mind in the Making Institute!

Through 2019, NHSA will be hosting four 2.5-day MITM Institutes to power a national network of quality MITM facilitators who will scale MITM learning modules for early childhood educators within the Head Start community. The next Institute is being offered concurrently with our Parent Conference in Orlando, FL from Monday, December 17th through Wednesday, December 19th.

What does it mean to be a Mind in the Making Facilitator?

These national institutes are the training grounds where members of the Head Start training community will be immersed in the research-to-action principles of Mind in the Making. Once trained, facilitators will have unique opportunities to bring their newfound expertise to local, state, and regional trainings to help further disseminate the MITM principles.

In practice this means that institute-trained facilitators will be expected to train on the modules at the local level—in large programs, at state conferences, or regional trainings.

But you’re not on your own! NHSA will serve as an intermediary and match national institute-trained facilitators with local programs and State and Regional Associations for their training events, for a nominal fee. NHSA in turn will remunerate the facilitators.

How are applicants selected?


  • Participants will be selected based on their dedication, experience and ability to follow through on the training they receive.
  • Selection will also include an assessment of past experience with adult learning, so that NHSA ensures that national MITM Institute participants are equipped with the knowledge necessary to become successful facilitators at the local, state, or regional level.


  • Selection includes a commitment to facilitate a minimum of 2 community trainings and four 2 1⁄2 day institutes over 2 years.
  • Selection will include an expectation to distribute all the components included in the MITM Modules.
  • NHSA will continuously survey the training participants, the training purchasers and the facilitators to track attendance, follow through and track the quality of the local training sessions.
  • MITM trainers and practitioners are expected to participate in a new online forum where they will be able to ask questions, share experiences and build new connections with a national network of MITM colleagues

Upcoming MITM Institutes

  • December 17 - 19, 2018 – Orlando, FL
  • April 29 – May 1, 2019 – San Antonio, TX
  • July 22 – 24, 2019 – Indianapolis, IN
  • December 9 – 11, 2019 – Anaheim, CA


If you are interested in becoming a MITM Institute Trained Facilitator please fill out the online application and indicate which institute you would like to attend.