Never doubt that a small group
of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead


I just wanted to share this video I created a while back that in today’s climate of ‘quick fixes’
and lack of empathy is becoming a more urgent message for those of us
​​​​​​​wanting to empower others with the concept of growth mindset.



The 5 Secrets to Unleashing the Power of Growth Mindset

Here is a comment about this video from an amazing educational leader, Leslie Hochsprung:

For me this is one of your most powerful videos.
I will use it to help our staff find their own reasons
to learn about growth mindset and to dig deeper
than the surface catch phrases that are popular right now.
The information will validate what we already knows
about the consequences of generational poverty
and living in trauma, also but give hope for
changing our students’ brains and futures.



This video is actually a good reflection of what we’ll be covering
in my 6-week seminar course this summer, The Neuroscience of Social Justice

It will be held at Chicago Academia Institute of Language & Culture

It covers the concept of growth mindset, but with deeper layers focusing on adversity,
toxic stress and the forces of ‘resistance’ that allow outdated systems and
suffocating structures to block us from creating change.




I will be creating this content as an online/audio course this Fall!

If it sounds of interest to you, please email me any questions or topics
​​​​​​​you’re interested in hearing about
so I can take that into consideration as I build the Fall course!



Here is a description of this 6-week exploration:


This is a learning experience designed for any professional
—working with youth or adults in any context—
to understand the neurobiology of human behavior
in terms of how our own personal histories,
and the evolution of human society,
affects our current behaviors and worldviews.

The course will look at the ‘mechanics of oppression’
and how power structures maintain
status quo systems through mechanisms that
affect us on deeply primitive and neurobiological levels.

We will explore various forces that prevent humans from accessing their
most evolved brain architecture.
These forces include Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs),
trauma, digital depression, social media addiction, ‘peer-reared’ societies
(excessive peer-to-peer orientation), fixed mindsets,
fear-based and inadequacy-based marketing,
and ‘in-group’ and ‘out-group’ mentality.

Resilience is the power to ‘become transformed by that which we cannot control’
in ways that increase our sense of agency to make a difference in the
overall conditions of the world we live in.

To empower those we work with as well as ourselves, we will explore how to
increase this sense through the concepts of growth mindset,
self-regulation, and ‘self-transcendent purpose.’

Feel free to email me with questions! (info AT stefaniefayefrank DOT com).

“Striving for social justice is the
most valuable thing to do in life.”
~ Albert Einstein