GEM Institute

Join us February 5 and 6, 2020

GEM empowers young learners

It is a literacy based framework that blends growth mindset, social emotional learning and mindfulness into a teaching and learning framework.

Young learners arrive in our learning communities with joy, curiosity, and a passion for learning. We want to continue to foster this love of learning--and to promote, teach, and foster a growth mindset and social and emotional learning (SEL) from the earliest of opportunities. Growing Early Mindsets™ (GEM™) answers the call to nurture and support the whole child.

Rooted in research, GEM™ is the first ever literacy-based teaching and learning framework and curriculum created for PreK-3rd that blends growth mindset, SEL, and mindfulness. Designed for busy teachers, GEM integrates teaching practices like Read-Alouds and other daily learning routines to enrich the school day.

Day One | February 5th, 2020

Geared towards early learning educators, teachers, administrators, parent educators and parent leaders, home visitors, social service, medical, etc.


  • To increase knowledge, understanding, ability, and confidence to apply and promote, foster, and teach growth mindset and social & emotional learning (SEL) principles and practices

Day Two | February 6th, 2020

Open to GEM cohort, by invitation (Educators working with children in classroom settings and Instructional coaches) a deeper dive into implementing the GEM Framework in early childhood settings.


  • Increase educator’s knowledge and understanding of growth mindset and social emotional learning (SEL).
  • Increase educator’s ability and confidence in promoting, fostering, teaching and applying

**GEM cohort participants are required to attend Day One.**

Additional Details:

Dates: February 5, 2020 and February 6, 2020

Location: Douglas ESD

1871 NE Stephens St.

Roseburg, Oregon

Douglas/Evergreen Room

8:30 am to 3:30pm | February 5th, 2020
8:30 am to 2:30pm | February 6th, 2020

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

Instructor: Dr. Kendra Coates

Dr. Kendra Coates is a steadfast believer in accessing and celebrating our unlimited potential. She is a learner, mom, educator, author, consultant, and coach. She is the author of Growing Early Mindsets™ (GEM™), a new PreK-3rd literacy-based teaching and learning framework and curriculum that integrates growth mindset, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mindfulness, from Mindset Works, the global leader in growth mindset.

Kendra has twenty years of PreK-12 teaching and leadership experience in a variety of settings and currently serves as Regional Director of P-3rd Education for Central Oregon. She provides personal and professional learning, consulting, and coaching services in growth mindset, SEL, Design Thinking, family engagement, and leadership for care and education professionals, parents, schools, districts, and community organizations. Her passion and work in the field of SEL has spanned her entire career.

Kendra credits her children with teaching her the most about a growth mindset and SEL.

Sponsored by Kindergarten Partnership & Innovation, a program of South Central Early Learning Hub and Douglas ESD