Social Emotional Learning
Schools today are becoming increasingly diverse, with many different cultures coming together under one roof - but how does this affect classroom experiences? The climate of a school can make or break it and at the heart of it all is the attention given to social emotional learning!
Students need support at all levels. Mainly, academically, where resources may not meet their needs but also emotionally, when dealing with difficult home situations. With students experiencing domestic tension like divorce, they may often be led away from school. In addition, from a social perspective, having few people who they feel a connection with around them, can lead to feelings of isolation on campus.
The DLSC understands that social-emotional learning improves the quality and character of a school. It's based on patterns, norms, and values that support people and make them feel safe. A positive school climate is enough to bring about a healthy learning environment with caring teachers who treat all students fairly, leading to youth developing into productive future citizens who can equally contribute to society.
A sustainable positive student experience includes having empathy towards peers' emotions while learning together, without letting personal bias get in the way of the teaching and learning process.
Principles of Social-Emotional Learning
Despite the many important ideas in regards to Social-Emotional Learning, there are four principles that remain fundamental and integral when it comes to understanding and addressing this issue. These include:
1. School climate being an integral element to prepare students for democratic life, promote student achievement, and train students to become successful in their careers.
2. Schools need to carry out climate evaluations with tools that have been scientifically developed in two ways: (a) recognizing the voice of K-12 students, parents, and school personnel and (b) the measure of safety, relationships, the external environment, teaching, and learning from all the major dimensions of that school.
3. With regards to helping schools improve and become more accountable, a comprehensive school climate assessment is a step in the right direction for community-wide understanding. Currently, there exists research-based guidelines that recognize each individual's unique history of needs within their own institution as well as strengths they bring forth when looking at other successful models. Our plans can provide benchmarks for different ideas, as we know what has worked before and can help make decisions on how to best approach future school improvement initiatives.
4. Students working with school personnel are the backbone of a school's climate. Depending on how they lead others, both types of school members can be an inspiration in their roles within the classroom environment and community at large. Therefore, leadership development through targeted coursework is integral for school climate reform.
Our School Climate Check Program
Digital Learning Support offers School Climate Check training to school communities and helps them implement those strategies, so schools maintain their quality and character while preparing youth to contribute towards a productive future.
In collaboration with all members of the school community, we operate with measures that help schools effectively manage students’ academic, social, emotional, and equitable needs. Using dedicated students and teachers, we assist in shaping a positive school climate that will harness the achievement of all students.
To learn more about our School Climate Check Program, feel free to email us at email@example.com.