Welcome to ToughMindEd., a school/community-based program formulated to support students in grades K-12 with the mental strength required to manage the academic, athletic, social, emotional, and other developmental challenges that exist in today’s world.
With accounts of declining student resilience, increasing reports of anxiety at all levels of education (including college), and trending observations from educators of lower student self-confidence and attention span, we are all left to ponder what is happening to our children. Perhaps it is attributed to advances in technology, possibly it is changing methods of supervision, or maybe it is an inevitable change of the times. Regardless of what is fueling this trend, many of our children are exhibiting an inequity in how their mental skills match the demands, challenges, and risks of the world that they are inheriting.
ToughMindEd. stands for Tough Mind Education, and is an innovative approach to equipping our students with the personal and performance tools which they need in order to enhance and utilize traits of true self-confidence, motivation, resilience, leadership, and care for one another. In all, it is mental toughness training and development, which can be applied in the classroom, playground, on stage, on the field, or in any adverse situation.
The ToughMindEd. program is designed to correspond with the cycle of a typical school year, and is also formulated to offer relative and developmentally appropriate contents for all grade levels (K-12). The program consists of mental toughness assessment at the beginning and end of each school year, monthly mental skill training guides and curricula, support for school personnel, in addition to opportunities for on-site presentations and remote consultation. The program is based on the expectation and understanding that mental skill, like physical, requires frequent repetition and feedback. As such, we’ve found that one-time presentations may capture attention of students, but those lessons tend to fade as a school year progresses. Our ToughMindEd. program is designed to reinforce certain elements of mental toughness throughout a given school year, in ways that can be applied to a variety of school-based experiences and learning opportunities.