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Part I: Why SEL Is Key To Your Child’s Growth: Parents, Pay Attention!

Parents are a child’s first teachers. As the child grows and starts going to school, the parent’s role expands. Apart from taking care of the child at home, they also try their best to prepare their child for a life outside of their home.

They have to pay attention that their child is performing well in academics and other extra-curricular activities, but they are also trying to make sure their child develops life skills. All of this while taking care that the child never feels alone, pressured or depressed. While this may sound like a job only for a super-parent, focusing on social-emotional learning of the child can take care of most of these things.

By now it has been firmly established that children with knowledge of SEL perform better at school as compared to those who don’t. They are more aware of their surroundings and develop a well-rounded personality.

But, how does SEL contribute to your child’s growth? Let’s find out.

Ability to Articulate

Social emotional learning helps children understand themselves. It helps them get a clearer picture of what they need and hence become more assertive. As they get more emotionally intelligent, children know what they want, they are able to articulate their thoughts better and communicate more effectively. They can share their needs with you in a more productive manner.

You must know that articulating one’s thoughts is a skill that even most adults struggle with. When your children acquire this skill at such a young age, it acts a seed that makes them more successful adults. Needless to say, happier adults too. Every parent wants that.

Developing a Better Attitude

With a better understanding of self your children will become more empathetic, and start to look at their surroundings differently. Instead of finding difficulty in engaging with people, they will start enjoying their interactions. In the process, they will build better and more positive relationships with not just you, but their peers, and teachers too.

Your children will not feel alone, anxious, or abandoned when they know they have a support system backing them, their attitudes and behaviors change. This is the behavioral change that keeps them away from getting in unnecessary brawls or resorting to substance abuse.

With the changing attitudes, they become more friendly towards people, want to stay in school, and participate in different activities. They are able to work with people and keep a positive attitude while doing it. Parents do not have to worry about their kids being lonely. With the right SEL programs, the children will be less socially awkward, work better in teams, and accomplish more.

Less Problems with Learning

Parents want their kids to excel in life, but do not want to push them too hard. With a good SEL program, they don’t have to. It will encourage a positive environment at school with lesser discipline violations, bullying incidents, and cases of addiction. If a school focusses on SEL, parents know their child is studying in a good classroom environment, students can focus better and learn more. Moreover, an open and warm environment at school also helps students prevent mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and more. Even if they do face such problems in the future, they do have the tools to counter them.

Social-Emotional Skills Can Be Taught

Parents want their kids to get the best in life and making them emotionally intelligent is a part of ensuring that. A good SEL curriculum, a little push from the parents and the will of the school to implement it are all needed to make it possible. Given the wide range and known benefits of SEL, comprehensive programs like SEL Adventures are already in place to help children. They provide engaging and expertly created classroom sessions and activities to help teach students the skills they need to grow into emotionally intelligent and productive adults.

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How Does SEL Adventures Help Teachers Impart Social Emotional Learning?

SEL Adventures has created a comprehensive EdTech platform. A platform that upskills the students to overcome life’s challenges and allows teachers to impart social emotional learning more effectively. How does the platform achieve that? Here’s how.

Complete Curriculum

The curriculum designed by SEL Adventures covers all the 5 core competencies by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning). These competencies include Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, Relationship Skills, and Social Awareness.

SEL Adventures has divides its syllabus into different programs for schools to pick depending on their needs. These include School Climate Program, Addiction Prevention Program, and the Educator’s SEL Program. These are available in both English & Spanish. The expertly designed and complete curriculum allows the teachers to cover all areas of social and emotional learning.

Easier Classroom Instruction

The SEL Adventures program contains interactive lessons that teachers can use easily for SEL sessions. These sessions are 50 minutes long and come with training guides. These are not just videos, but complete lessons that require the teacher to instruct the students.

Apart from helping the teachers instruct, SEL Adventures programs also help them to keep the students interested in social-emotional learning. They achieve this by gamifying the whole learning experience. Each lesson is interactive and it is designed to be interesting. The gamification keeps the students on their toes. They will follow each and every step of the curriculum and the fun activities keep them following each lesson, applying their learnings, and then moving on to the next.

Tracking and Tweaking

In the traditional school setup, it is difficult for teachers to keep track of every student and how they are performing in class. This leads to uneven learning and loss of interest among students. However, SEL Adventures keep track of it by constantly monitoring the achievements of students and how the school is performing. Administrative reports generated by the system are extensive, which cover different variables for the school to look at.

If the teachers find that the performance is not up to the mark, the they can then make changes to their pedagogy to make the SEL lessons more palatable to the students. This continuous tracking of the SEL program also helps schools to show the results to parents.

Time to Take Action

It is well-established that social-emotional learning help students perform better at school, create a better environment at school and help a student develop a well-rounded personality. SEL Adventures has created SEL programs that offer real value to students. The value becomes even more apparent from the fact that The Safer Schools in America Impact Grant has invited SEL Adventures to implement their program in 100 school all across the United States.

SEL Adventures piques the interest of students in the SEL,  helps parents to recognize the impact of Social-emotional learning on the lives of their children, and certainly makes it easier for teachers to impart SEL more effectively.

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Part II: How Can Schools Integrate SEL Into Their Formal School Curriculum

Research has clearly shown that social emotional learning is effective in producing results. Over two decades, 200+ studies have been conducted with more than 270,000 students that have driven the point home – social-emotional learning positively impacts students and schools. So, integrating SEL into the formal school curriculum is a step towards a better learning environment. There is not doubt about it. The question that is relevant today is – How can it be integrated in the formal school curriculum. And here are some thoughts.

Teachers are Key

Teachers are the key to the whole process. They are the ones who are the bridge between the curriculum and the students. It is important that any SEL program that is integrated into the curriculum is easier for teachers to teach. SEL Adventures has been designed to make it seamless for teachers to use. There are classroom-style lessons that the teachers can teach in the classroom.

Apart from the theory, the SEL Adventures program also constitutes of activities that help the teachers demonstrate a “learning” to the students. It takes away the pressure of designing activities and provides them an effective way to teach their students.

Easier on Students

Students are already dealing with a lot of things at school. They have their academics, co-curricular activities, and extra-curricular activities to deal with. So, they are certainly not going to appreciate any more burden on their already packed schedule.

In order for social-emotional learning to be successfully integrated into a school curriculum, it is important that students find it interesting. SEL adventures is mindful of this fact. That is the reason, it has created it has gamified its SEL program. The gamification keeps the students engaged by keeping the class interactive and allowing students to reflect while they have fun.

Comprehensive Curriculum

The curriculum for the SEL Adventures Program takes care of everything. The program has a long list of lessons including empathy, making better decision, establishing & maintaining positive relationships, and so on. With SEL Adventures, schools do not need to make any kinds of changes. All they need to do is add it to their school schedule, and they are done.

School management and teachers can also track the performance of their students on the social and emotional factors in a granular manner. This allows them to understand how their students are performing and the good returns they are receiving on their investment.

Taking the First Step

Any good school wants their students to do well in life. With programs like SEL Adventures, they will be providing their students all the tools they need to do just that. SEL Adventures makes it easier for the schools to integrate SEL in their formal curriculum, while providing students the best of social-emotional learning.

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Part I: How Implementing SEL In Schools Can Change an Entire Generation

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is becoming a focus in the academia. At national, state and local level, educators have recognized the importance of SEL and its pivotal role in the wholesome development of children. According to the Nobel Prize Winner, James Heckman, “nurturing children’s non-cognitive skills, giving them social, emotional and behavioral benefits that lead to success later in life” are the best returns from the investment in education. So, experts already believe in the power of structure social-emotional programs like SEL Adventures to enable children to achieve their full potential. Here is how such a program can completely change a generation.

Improved Academic Results

SEL helps students to do well in academics. When they have a positive and supportive environment around them at school, they like attending classes and working with other students. SEL also helps students to forge better relationships with teachers, so they are not scared of them. This environment allows them to be more inquisitive about the subjects they are taught and more open about the problems they are facing. Such a positive environment, helps students perform better at academics.

Visible Positive Behavior

When the student has a support system at school comprising of other students and teachers, they stay happy. SEL helps build such a support system by helping students learn empathy and understand others better. They are not facing bullying, they are open about their issues and getting help for them, and they are comfortable in their own skin. Developing such positive behavior early on in life keeps them away from psychological issues like depression, anxiety, and stress at a young age and even later in life.

Staying Away from Addiction

With SEL teachings, students become better communicators and manage their emotions more effectively. Parents, teachers, and students find it easier to be on the same page. Moreover, students also experience a camaraderie with other students. A student resorts to addiction either under peer pressure or to stay away from their reality. With SEL, students are not confused about who they are and understand what’s good and bad for them. Moreover, they never feel alone because they know they always have someone to talk to. This eliminates a need for substance abuse. This single factor can save thousands of students across United States from wasting away their life and doing something worthwhile.

Creating Better People

Programs like SEL Adventures provide easy and effective ways of appealing to students. The video sessions and classroom activities help them learn important life skills early on in life. So, when they go out in the real world, they do not feel disillusioned or unprepared in any way. Their SEL Adventure programs have taught them to better communicate, better handle their emotions, better understand other people, and overall, become better people. With programs like SEL Adventures, a student can make their life much better than they can without it. Extrapolate it to all the schools in the US, and you an entire generation of socially and emotionally students who can now become the best versions of themselves. That’s a feat!

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