Zaner-Bloser Mindscapes Becoming Our Best Selves

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Meet the Mindscapes Authors

Best-selling authors and educators Pam Allyn and Dr. Ernest Morrell applied their innovative thought and extensive experience in literacy and child development to create the unique Mindscapes curriculum, focusing on the powerful relationship between strengths-based SEL and successful academic outcomes!

Pam Allyn

Pam Allyn is an award-winning education innovator, author of books for families and educators, public speaker, and thought leader in the confluence of social-emotional learning and literacy development.

Pam Allyn

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She is the founder of Dewey, a family learning initiative, and the widely acclaimed global nonprofit organization LitWorld. Pam has proven success in creating and scaling programs such as LitCamp and World Read Aloud Day.

Her areas of interest include Educational Equity, Literacy, Power of Reading, Children’s Own Stories, Learning Standards, Motivational Strategies to Reach All Children, and more. Pam is the author of over 25 books for educators, leaders, and families on reading, writing, and learning. In addition to Mindscapes, she and Dr. Ernest Morrell are co-authors of Every Child a Super Reader.

Dr. Ernest Morrell

Ernest Morrell is the Coyle Professor in Literacy Education and Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Earnest Morrell

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He is also director of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) James R. Squire Office for Policy Research in the English Language Arts, an elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and a co-convener of the African Diaspora International Research Network.

His areas of interest include Critical Pedagogy, English Education, Literacy Studies, Postcolonial Studies, popular culture and education across the African Diaspora. In addition to Mindscapes, he and Pam Allyn are co-authors of Every Child a Super Reader.

Envisioning Each Mindscape

Authors Allyn and Morrell chose the six Mindscapes in the program—Sunrise, Pond, Lightening, Mountain, Rainfall, and Forest—to serve as visual tools to introduce and reinforce a common language that helps students take control of their learning.

Check out brief videos of the authors introducing each Mindscape.

Inspired Thought Leadership

Watch as authors Allyn and Morrell discuss how a strengths-based environment helps students, teachers, and schools develop a common language and skill set tied directly to academic learning.

Redefining SEL

Explore more SEL resources from authors Pam Allyn and Dr. Ernest Morrell! Find expert advice and thoughtfully-crafted activities that can help you grow a thriving classroom community grounded in shared respect and positivity.

Take the First Step

Are you ready to begin your Mindscapes journey? Take the first step toward adopting a vibrant, strengths-based approach to SEL for your school community.

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