There is a consistent pattern in the conferences sponsored by the Potts Family Foundation, such as its Raising Resilient Oklahomans! summit March 7 in Edmond. First, they update the cutting-edge scientific research on early education and on cognitive concerns, like the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Then, national and local experts pioneer new ways of articulating these challenges in ways that advance a constructive search for solutions.
The summit used new research and a new vocabulary to provide a deeper understanding of long-understood truths. Dr. Jennifer-Hays Grudo and several others repeatedly cited the long-respected term “growth mindset.” To build resiliency, we must teach our children – and teach ourselves – to move from a fixed to a growth mindset. Especially when it is explained so powerfully, as in the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope (trailer above), the science of how our brains develop and how to help create brain health is an invaluable tool for healing humanity.