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Our Innovative Pedagogy.

Given extensive research linking social-emotional learning (SEL) to positive mental health outcomes and academic achievement, SEL is implemented in many schools. Traditional SEL practices include perspective-taking, active listening, respectful discourse, thought and behavior management, problem solving, decision-making, accountability and cooperation. Many times these skills are embedded into the general education curriculum.

Our pedagogical approach elevates the traditional SEL practice by teaching evidence-based skills to address real life challenges that middle and high schoolers are facing including:

  • Healing from Stress, Trauma, Grief
  • Body Image
  • Family Challenges
  • Social Anxiety / Friendships
  • Peer Pressure
  • Substance Abuse
  • Test Anxiety
  • Finding Motivation
  • Pressure To Succeed

All skills fall under our 5 Pillars of Self, Connection, Purpose, Resilience and Choice. Aligned with the CASEL competencies, the 5 pillars, as defined below, guide all of our interactive experiences and curriculum.

CONNECTION.

Build and maintain healthy and supportive relationships

  • How to cultivate meaningful relationships that make us feel understood, safe and supported
  • Understand what it means to “be there” for others and how to actively listen
  • Practice empathy and compassion for others
  • Learn our own biases and how we can work to overcome them
  • Learn how to work in a team and solve conflicts effectively

SELF.

Understand emotions and thoughts and how they influence us

  • Strengthen our ability to manage negative emotions and thoughts
  • Develop our own voice
  • Learn to love ourselves
  • Develop a growth mindset
  • Care for our bodies and minds
  • Create healthy habits that benefit our mental health

PURPOSE.

Choose and embody the values we want to live by

  • Define our core set of values
  • Discover our purpose: our connection to something greater than ourselves
  • Set long-term goals that align with our purpose and values
  • Hone our self-discipline and self-motivation skill set
  • Learn to make decisions with respect to living our purpose

RESILIENCE.

Building the mental strength to bounce back and grow from challenges

  • Build our mental flexibility to counter negative thoughts and emotions
  • Find our “superpowers”: our unique gifts and talents
  • Learn to focus on what we can control
  • Identify when we need to seek help in coping with adversity

CHOICE.

Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate and make good choices

  • Become aware of common challenges for young adults such as peer pressure and substance abuse
  • Make reasoned judgments after analyzing information and facts
  • Develop our decision-making skills, honing our ability to think through the benefits and consequences of our actions
  • Consider our own values and personal safety when making choices
  • Identify and create solutions for personal and social problems