Social and Emotional Learning
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Centennial Academy
According to the Collaborative of Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Social and Emotional Learning(SEL) is defined as is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
To incorporate a whole-child approach, SEL is embedded in every aspect of learning at Centennial Academy. The introduction of new skills as well as the practice of those skills will occur during our Crew/SEL block in the morning, between 8:00-8:25 AM. We will utilize the EL Education framework, the Empowering Education curriculum and the Leader in Me framework to guide the lessons used during our Crew/SEL block. In addition to teaching new skills and information, we will create time for scholars to learn and discuss current events happening around the world.
In the Crew/SEL block, scholars will learn traits that they are expected to exhibit at Centennial Academy. In addition, they will also learn habits to be successful individuals in the world. Scholars will learn to distinguish the difference between traits and habits. Throughout the year, scholars will understand that habits are repeated practices and traits are innate. By practicing the habits, overtime our scholars will innately exhibit the character traits that make them a HERO. By the end of the school year, our SEL approach will allow scholars to become stronger leaders and exhibit self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, positive relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
Centennial Academy has partnered with the EL Education model to help increase scholar achievement as defined by mastery of knowledge and skills, character and high-quality student work. As a part of our adoption of EL Education, we will be utilizing a process titled Crew.
Crew is designed to create a safe and supportive environment for staff and scholars that fosters trust, honesty, openness and vulnerability to help build meaningful relationships. Scholars will be assigned to a crew session with a designated staff member. During this time, scholars will engage in activities where they will be expected to respond to discussion prompts, share their experiences, and listen and respond to others experiences.
Crew will take place each morning from 8:00-8:25 AM. Click Here to learn more!
Empowering Education is a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum that aims to teach scholars to create healthy, positive relationships with self and others while striving to make positive contributions to society. This curriculum provides classroom lessons based off of the five core competencies of SEL created by Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) which are self-awareness, responsible decision-making, social awareness, self-management, and relationship skills. At Centennial Academy, scholars will be exposed to one lesson topic per week. In addition to classroom activities, materials will be sent home with scholars to ensure that the learning is continued beyond the classroom. Our goal is that this will provide a chance for families to discuss what scholars are learning in school and provide scholars will opportunities to practice their skills. Some weekly topics include: Mindfulness, Building Relationships, Coping Skills, Listening, Gratitude, Decision Making, Self- Talk, Conflict Resolution, and Perspective-Taking.
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The Leader in Me (LiM) is Franklin Covey's approach to supporting the whole child. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to scholars and creates a culture of scholar empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. LiM is an evidence-based, comprehensive-school improvement model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers scholars with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive. The framework provides a unique approach to integrating highly effective practices throughout a school’s culture. Scholars will use LiM as one of the resources to track their academic, character and leadership development throughout the year. Click here to learn more!