We seek the empowerment of the schools we serve across their communities and individual members. For this reason, we strongly support and build out competency and practices in social emotional learning (SEL) at the student, teacher, and leadership levels; we believe that the transparency and care inherent to SEL are invaluable across all levels of a community, and that all individuals will benefit from a culture of care and respect as well as the community as a systemic whole. A true environment of learning and growth depends on all students, teachers, staff, and parents having confidence that they can trust each other with openness, kindness, and respect.
As part of our SEL program, we offer Character Based Literacy, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS); and Restorative Practices to reinforce behavioral norms. These programs support communication, coping and decision-making skills that help students make good choices and avoid pitfalls, such as peer pressure, substance abuse and bullying. Parents and students appreciate the safe supportive environment where every student experiences personalized learning.
Powerful Evidence Supporting the Impact of Enhancing Students’ SEL Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. Durlak, Weissberg et al.’s recent meta-analysis of 213 rigorous studies of SEL in schools indicates that students receiving quality SEL instruction demonstrated: