Conversations, as a tool, are an underutilized and yet critical component of establishing relationships and building a sense of belonging and community in society. This has become even more important as many adolescents must learn to establish relationships and a sense of community in this digital age of social media and technology. Intentionally helping students learn how to communicate accurately and meaningfully is vital in developing their social-emotional learning skills.
We are actively engaging our students by providing tools, education and space for developing important social emotional skills. Our conversations are grounded in establishing a sense of belonging and community by establishing and building relationships with our peers, faculty and staff. Our key initiatives include:
There are five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are:
The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.