Dear SHS Families,
This month, we are welcoming many students back into the building for the first time in quite awhile! As such, we have re-prioritized social and emotional learning (SEL) to foster the competencies and learning environments that both students and adults need to reunite, renew, and thrive. In this second half of the school year, many students are making new transitions - from remote learning to hybrid or a combination of both - where SEL remains as important as ever. It’s a good time to examine our efforts to focus on supportive relationships, equitable environments, socialization, and emotional development for ALL students.
Leaning into the CASEL Framework, SHS is adapting the below strategies to welcome our students into another unique semester to best support their academic, social and emotional learning.
Honor Student Voice
Faculty is examining data from the fall student voice surveys and will continue to collect classroom data throughout the spring to learn about student experiences and collaborate to strategize ways to use the data to inform social, emotional, and academic outcomes.
Refocus on Self-care Competencies and Capacity
Re-establish dedicated space, time and agreements for brave and effective learning cultures. Our teachers are continually dialed in to the ever-developing school-wide policies to create the safest and kindest school-wide climate so ALL students who re-enter Stevenson feel welcomed, feel like they belong, and feel connected to the faculty and staff.
Maintain Safe, Supportive, and Equitable Learning Environments
Continue to prioritize relationships in our school community, especially in these first several weeks of school where students are figuring out their new normal and how to navigate the hybrid learning schedule.
SEL is the foundation to create healthy, effective spaces for teaching and learning at Stevenson. Our collective commitments around using student voice data to inform our hybrid learning practices, highlighting the importance of self-care, and creating safe spaces for learning to happen will allow our teachers and students to carve out spaces for continual improvement and personal growth as we work towards reaching our academic goals during hybrid learning.
Molly A. Gosline