The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning at St. Andrew’s, in collaboration with individual faculty from Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, will co-host the first Mind, Brain, and Whole Child Coaching Convening on November 20 and 21, 2019.
Educators from early childhood to higher education have increasingly turned to research findings from the science of learning and development to inform and transform teaching, knowledge acquisition, and the whole child’s educational experience. What if this same research were applied to educating and strengthening skill sets of over 6.5 million youth, high school, college, elite, Olympic, and professional-level athletic coaches in the United States, who are responsible for shaping our developing athletes?
This first-of-its-kind convening is bringing together youth and university sport coaches, educators, mental health professionals, academic researchers, and leading child, youth, and athlete development organizations. The convening aims to be the launch for the next frontier of youth to professional athlete coach training that embeds the learning sciences into coach education, training, and certification programs.
The field of Mind, Brain, and Whole Child Coaching would be the first program grounded in the science of learning and development that integrates our current understanding of how each unique athlete’s mind and brain learns, works, changes, and thrives. The convening will begin the work of answering questions such as, “Why do 70% of young athletes quit organized sport by the age of 13, and why are attrition rates higher for females?” as well as “How do we elevate the awareness and training of coaches to fully manifest the important role they play in the life-long development of the whole child?”
The convening’s long-term goal is to create programs, resources, trainings, and a new academic field that enhances coach skills and capacity, and in doing so, elevates the odds of myriad long-term positive life outcomes for young athletes – regardless of race, class, or gender – including positive mental and physical health, life-skill development, quality of life, and longevity.