The Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum is as integral a part of our program as academics. It upholds our mission and presents students with a clear avenue in which to take full advantage of our academic curriculum. The SEL curriculum is designed to support students’ challenges, leverage their strengths and guide students in developing the skills necessary to manage their learning, themselves and their relationships.
Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to creating a positive learning environment in which students can attain academic success. The focus is on improving teacher effectiveness in order to increase student learning. It includes four domains:
- Engaging academics: Teachers deliver engaging, interactive lessons that support rigor.
- Positive Community: Teachers learn the language to use to address students to support them in developing socially and morally responsible behaviors.
- Effective Management: Teachers learn effective management practices that provide routine and clear expectations for students.
- Developmental Awareness: Teachers learn about the stages of development in children and how to meet their needs.
Developmental Guidance Lessons are taught schoolwide and provide an effective educational approach which focuses on interpersonal skills, metacognition, executive functions, emotions, and character education. The goal is for students to internalize who they are as learners so they can be confident self- advocates in order to work to their full potential.
- Demystification: This is the process by which students begin to understand and appreciate their strengths as well as challenges in order to want to use appropriate strategies. Students experience demystification through small group and one-on-one lessons.
- Grit: Grit is a life skill and strategy explicitly taught during class guidance lessons. Bouncing back from adversity and persevering through challenges helps students overcome their obstacles. Grit plus a Growth Mindset helps them to achieve their goals.
- Mindfulness: In its most basic form, Mindfulness is helping students notice what is happening here and now. This is a class that is taught to 5th-8th graders by certified instructors and also initiated in guidance lessons. Students use this strategy in other classes throughout the day to work to their potential.
Student Break Room
The Student Break Room is a teacher-supervised room which students can visit for short periods of time when they require a mind or body break. The goal of the Student Break Room is to help students regain focus and attention and return to the classroom as quickly as possible to receive instruction and maximize learning. The room is designed so that is can support the evolving needs of the students.