Mindset
Essentials
Curriculum

Turn-key curriculum designed for educators to teach students how to build their future businesses.

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21st-century skills for 5th to 12th-grade levels

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60+ hours of teaching content

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Social-emotional and academic learning

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Bring innovation and creativity to the classroom with a curriculum to inspire ideas and shift students’ mindsets.

The core of our curriculum consists of 7 principle modules that focus on foundational components of developing an entrepreneurial idea that truly solves a problem. It can be incredibly daunting to ask a student to simply come up with a good idea because what does that actually mean? 

That is why Mindset & Milestones takes a different approach: we encourage students to identify problems in the world around them and find a solution to a problem they care about for a customer or beneficiary that needs it more. Coming up with a “good idea” is hard, but identifying a problem is easy and it provides a strong starting point to identify a solution that becomes a solid idea filling a real need - that is what being an entrepreneur means to us.

At Mindset & Milestones, entrepreneurs are problem-solvers and the ways in which they do that vary widely because the truth is that a traditional business is not always the best solution to a problem we encounter and care to solve.

Perhaps the most common understanding of being an entrepreneur is to run a business, but our curriculum takes a much broader definition of the term.

Some problems can be solved through traditional businesses, but others are better solved through social enterprises, non-profits, or even social movement and community projects. There is no “right way” to be an entrepreneur aside from the foundational goal of solving one or more problems for a group of people that lack a solution.

In route to identifying an entrepreneurial problem, it is crucial to remember that every problem in which we can validate a need is worthy of entrepreneurial pursuit. This problem may be as big as climate change or as small as losing your pairs of socks in the dryer, and educators leading this experience must create space for all validated problems to be viewed as valuable.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
1. Pick Your Project
Identify the project you want to use from our lessons library.
Get details about the project and use our template to customize it as you'd like!
2. Plan Your Project
Once you have selected a project to do with your students, go to the project planning worksheet and fill in the lessons that you will need to teach.

You can even add in the days that you want to teach those lessons in your class to make lesson-planning a breeze for weeks. Since our lesson plans are turn-key, this is all the planning you'll need to do! 
3. Teach Turn-Key Lessons!
When the day comes, all you have todo is teach the lesson following our step by step guides! 

Each lesson is complete with:
✓ Full lesson timing and instructions
✓ Slide decks
✓ Guiding questions
✓ Student worksheets

As easy as ready, set, teach!
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Curriculum
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Welcome to the Mindset Essentials Curriculum!
1. Developing An Entrepreneurial Mindset
2. Your Corner of the Universe
Module 2 Intro
2.1. Getting Inspired to Problem Solve - Lesson Plan
2.2. Problem Identification - Lesson Plan
2.3. Finding Solutions - Lesson Plan
2.4. Time for Feedback - Lesson Plan
3. Idea Development
Module 3 Intro
3.1. Solidifying Your Solution - Lesson Plan
3.2. Make It Feel Real - Lesson Plan
3.3 Minimum Viable Product - Lesson Plan
3.4. Further Develop MVP - Lesson Plan
4. Learning & Testing
Module 4 Intro
4.1. Intro to Markets - Lesson Plan
4.2. Validating Business Hypotheses - Lesson Plan
4.3. Customer Interviews - Lesson Plan
5. Financials
Module 5 Intro
5.1. Money Basics - Lesson Plan
5.2. Revenue, Costs & Price - Lesson Plan
5.3. Price - Lesson Plan
6. Marketing & Presentation
Module 6 Intro
6.1. Communication Tools - Lesson Plan
6.2. Elevator Pitch - Lesson Plan
6.3. Business Pitch & Pitch Deck - Lesson Plan
6.4. Personal Presentation - Lesson Plan
7. Big Picture
Module 7 Intro
7.1. Envision Your Future - Lesson Plan
7.2. Strategies for Success - Lesson Plan
7.3. Final Pitches! - Lesson Plan

Customizing your curriculum

Once you sign up for the Mindset Essentials Curriculum and join our educator family, then it’s time to determine how you want to use it. We'll guide you through choosing your curriculum format, teaching timeline, and goals for student deliverables to make the learning experience uniquely yours.
Preview the Curriculum

We’ll work with you to deliver the essentials curriculum in the format, timeline, and scale your classroom needs.

We believe in curriculum and experiential learning opportunities that engage students in more ways then one: creatively, intellectually, emotionally, and mentally.

We make it simple for educators to bring these elements to their classrooms in any format: in-person, online, or through hybrid learning. Based on your classroom or school size, learning environment, and educational goals, we’ll work with you to implement the curriculum seamlessly and efficiently with a package and program timeline designed for you.

Learn more about the options available and speak with a Mindset and Milestones expert to start creating your curriculum.
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60+ Hours of Teaching Content

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Educator Community

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Editable Activity Worksheets

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Detailed Lesson Plans

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Slide Decks for Class Sessions

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Instructional videos

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Regular Content Additions

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The Mindset Essentials Curriculum is transforming classrooms across the country.

FAQs
Everything you need to know to get started.
What does the curriculum help students do?
Our curriculum uses social-emotional learning (SEL) and project-based learning to help students see themselves as entrepreneurs who can identify problems they actually want to solve. The activities empower students to come up with ideas, create a plan to develop them, and test their ideas to create a launch read business.
Who is the curriculum designed for?
Middle and high school students are the main user groups for our curriculum, but it is also great for older groups of beginners (community college students, adult education programs, etc) looking to start their entrepreneurial journey.

Everyone, regardless of their race, gender, religion, and beyond, everyone in the space deserves to learn with freedom and curiosity, and that should never come at the expense of anyone in the class. Mutual respect for innovation and ideation are the primary goals of the curriculum.
Can we narrow the focus to a set of problems to solve?
It is completely okay to set restrictions on the scope of problems that students solve (e.g. social justice problems, solving problems using a STEAM-related solution), but those boundaries need to be communicated clearly and, outside of those, students should be free to explore so long as their exploration is not inhibiting the safety or learning of others in their space.
How long is each lesson?
Each lesson is about 1 to 2 hours; however, depending on how long the course is running it can be compressed or stretched to suit the depth of learning and time frame available. We've designed the curriculum to be flexible and suit many different learning layouts. Our curriculum can support everything from a 2 week intensive to a semester-long course and beyond.
Can students access the curriculum online?
Absolutely! The Start to Launch Course is a student-facing version of the curriculum that can be used for self-guided learning or as a companion to group sessions taught with the Mindset Essentials for Teachers!
Can this curriculum work for online, in-person, and hybrid classes?
Our curriculum is well-suited for all 3 modes of teaching. Between our self-guided and group-based options, pdfs that can be edited or printed, and the use of multiple media for teaching, students can be well served whether they’re in a classroom, on a screen, or both!
Can the curriculum be taught asynchronously?
Yes! Our online course for students allows teachers and educators to assign learning modules to students and receive those assignments turned in via google drive or students can submit them to an existing LMS. In this way, students can learn completely asynchronously or students can complete asynchronous learning and teachers can also facilitate guided group sessions using the Mindset Essentials for Teachers curriculum for the best of both worlds!

It's Your Turn to Get Students Innovating!

It’s our goal to completely customize the curriculum to you, and during your initial call with us we’ll build a plan just for your program.

We create materials to help teachers provide youth with entrepreneurial skills! Our curriculum not only empowers youth but also gives educators the tools to lead entrepreneurial experiences in their own programs, classrooms, and more.
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