Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
What is SEL?
CASEL defines social emotional learning (SEL) as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL helps provide students with equitable, supportive, and welcoming learning environments. It is more than just a program or lesson; SEL can educate hearts, inspire minds, and help students navigate their world more effectively.
Why do SEL workshops matter for schools and districts?
Our economy is shifting from one based on manufactured goods to one based on ideas. By 2030, 85% of available jobs will be for positions not yet invented and over 2 billion current jobs will disappear- that’s about 50% of all jobs on the planet! How do we prepare our students for an unknowable future? While much is unclear, we do know that equipping students with social- emotional competence increases their likelihood of success.
The importance of strong social skills will only increase as robots and automation change the landscape. The World Economic Forum and The National Bureau of Economic Research agree that to prepare for the future our focus must be on social skills. Emotional intelligence, a job skill not even on WEF’s list in 2015, jumped to #6 for 2020. Employers will seek those who can collaborate with others, adjust in relation to peers, and show sensitivity to people’s needs.
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Much like math facts, SEL skills are teachable!
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Schools must be proactive in their response to the inevitability of negative behaviors. Students with mental health concerns, diagnosed and undiagnosed learning differences, medical issues, social-emotional issues, and environmental stressors are in every classroom in every school. Research indicates increased isolation can lead to increased aggression in children. Aggression is difficult for teachers to predict because students’ frustration tolerance and emotional triggers vary greatly. One way to counteract the impact of these issues is by empowering students with information grounded in the principles of SEL and restorative practice, like the lessons in Suite360.
Over time, students who participate in social and emotional learning (SEL) programs exhibit greater social-emotional competence and are more likely to be college-ready, have positive relationships and become engaged citizens (Greenberg, Domitrovich, Weissberg & Durlak, 2017). Our clients saw improvements in frequency of student engagement, depth of engagement and long-term knowledge retention.
Social Emotional Learning Curriculum is a solid investment
Interventions for improving SEL show measurable benefits that exceed costs. Essentially, for every dollar invested there is a return of eleven dollars (Belfield et al. 2015). This is in addition to the obvious benefits to a school’s emotional climate. SEL programs can enhance children’s confidence in themselves; increase their engagement in school, along with their test scores and grades; and reduce conduct problems while promoting desirable behaviors.
What is Suite360?
At Evolution Labs, we have more than twenty years experience in K-12 and Higher Education, helping students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. We know college-readiness is not only an issue of academic preparedness, but also an issue of social and emotional preparedness. We developed Suite360 Social Emotional Learning Curriculum to address those non-academic issues surrounding student success and wellness. Suite360 is a digital character development and behavior intervention program for your school or district.
Suite360 offers programs for students and parents as well as professional development for teachers, administrators, and school staff. Our Suite360:Intervention is a restorative practices program for students who need extra support with conduct and behavior. Our programs include expert-developed, interactive, text and video-based material that can be easily tailored to achieve the learning outcomes desired by states, districts, and individual schools.
Suite360 is designed for Gen Z students
Digital natives are forcing change in the field of education: the average attention span of a Gen Z student is only eight seconds! Research shows they adopt technology at high levels and crave technology-enhanced learning opportunities (Cook, 2015; Mohr, K and Mohr, E, 2017). Suite360 meets the learning preferences of Gen Z students by employing visually engaging content and technology via desktop, web-responsive and mobile app design.
Ease of Implementation
The most valuable resource in today’s schools is time, but how can we fit another initiative onto busy educators and administrators plates? You don’t- instead get time back! Suite360 saves time because there is no need to design and plan character education and SEL lessons. Our Suite360 content creators, professional educators and writers, have already done the research for you. Our support team makes rolling out Suite360 to your parents, faculty and students a breeze.
The ever-expanding Suite360 Topic Library includes hundreds of professionally-developed lessons and assessments on developmentally appropriate topics for K-12 students like vaping, respect, empathy, mindfulness, time management, bullying, cyber-safety, and many more.
Sample Lesson Topic: Mindfulness
Suite360 lessons consider the developmental stage of each grade level before offering age appropriate information and strategies to regulate strong emotions, such as quieting one’s mind with deep breathing. Research supports that mindfulness practices, such as the techniques modeled in Suite360, reduce students’ stress and improve academic outcomes. In addition to psychological benefits like increased feelings of optimism, students showed higher levels of attention, better retention of information and higher math grades than their peers who didn’t use mindfulness tools. Another study indicated significant improvements in working memory capacity because these skills counteract stressors that impair a student’s ability to store information then recall and apply it. When students practice self-calming strategies and focus on the present moment as part of their Suite360 lessons, it may boost their emotional well-being and increase their ability to self-regulate.
Suite360 is CASEL-aligned, research-supported and SAFE-designed
Founded in 1994, CASEL focuses on establishing high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) as an essential part of preK-12 education. Suite360 supports their mission to advance implementation of SEL in schools. Our lessons are aligned with CASEL’s Five Core Competencies (adapted from Greenberg et al., 2017):
Honoring the perspective of people with different backgrounds, respecting social norms and practicing empathy, responding with compassion
Communicating clearly, being an active listener, resisting social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, effectively collaborating with others
RESPONSIBLE DECISION MAKING
Identifying problems and helping students realistically evaluate the consequences of actions; taking the health and wellbeing of self and others into consideration
Suite360 is supported by neuroeducation research
Neuroscience research paired with SEL gives us a great lens with which to view student success. Johns Hopkins University is a pioneer in neuroeducation and the birthplace of Dr. Mariale Hardiman’s Brain Targeted Teaching (BTT) Model (http://www.braintargetedteaching.org)
Why is the emotional climate of the classroom (Brain Target One) important?
When a student experiences stress, the frontal cortex is impacted. Impairment of this area can negatively affect reasoning, problem solving, and social judgment- all of which affect school success! A healthy emotional classroom climate entails a personal connection between teacher and student, but also between content and student. It’s a warm supportive environment that ensures a sense of belonging and community. A learning space infused with trust, humor, choice and acceptance increases student engagement.
Well-designed SEL programs are characterized by the acronym SAFE:
(adapted from Greenberg et al., 2017)
- Sequenced: a coordinated set of activities to foster skill development
- Active: use active forms of learning to help students master new skills
- Focused: emphasize the development of personal and social skills
- Explicit: target specific social-emotional skills
Extensive research linking SEL to academic achievement and other positive outcomes for students is powerful. One meta- analysis of K-12 interventions reported significant effects on positive social behavior, conduct problems, and academic performance indicating that SEL programs are valuable preventive interventions. They also found gains remained significant during follow-up indicating the long-term benefits of SEL interventions (Greenberg, et al., 2017).
Contributor’s: Dr. Kendra Thornton is currently the Director of Content and Chair of the Content Advisory Board for Evolution Labs Suite360 program. Previously a principal and school counselor, she earned her Ed.D. from Johns Hopkins University with a specialization in Mind, Brain and Teaching which builds upon research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience and education.
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- Cook, V. (2015). Engaging Generation Z Students. Center for Online Learning Research and Service, University of Illinois Springfield.
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