Research shows that a focus on social emotional learning not only improves academic achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases prosocial behaviors, such as kindness, sharing, and empathy, improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students. At South Shore Charter School, we believe that a focus on social emotional learning will discourage negative behaviors such as bullying, low-self-esteem and gang involvement. We will foster a sense of belonging in the school community and provide students with tools and skills to make better choices.
Our social and emotional learning program will focus on developing the five core SEL competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making outlined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Framework (CASEL). Each of these competencies work together to provide a comprehensive approach to the social and emotional development of students.
The abilities to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts.
The abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.
The abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts.
The abilities to establish healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups.
The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behaviors and social interactions across diverse situations.