Social Emotional Learning & At-Risk Students
The research is clear that preparing a student for the future goes well beyond academics and should include intentional connection and a safe peer group, building of social/emotional skills (collaboration, problem solving, communication, etc.), healthy living skills (sleep, nutrition, stress management), academic progress monitoring and distributed guidance to ensure that all students are prepared for post-secondary transition.
This is especially critical in rural districts where counselors, social workers and psychologists are often shared across many schools in a BOCES and access to mental health care may require traversing long distances.
OUR CURRENT WORK
SEL Expansion Grant: Thanks to grants from the Wend Foundation, the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust and the Larrk Foundation, more than 9,000 students and 600 teachers across 14 rural Colorado school districts received support during the 2018-2019 school year to implement social/emotional learning. The five goals of the “Advocacy Program” in alignment with the evidence-base around successful SEL programs include:
1) Build relationships (student-teacher, student-student, teacher-family)
2) Support academic success (goal setting & monitoring)
3) Overcome barriers (establishes a community referral process)
4) Develop essential skills (SEL skills such as teamwork, communication & problem-solving)
5) Plan for college and career (completion of ICAP using distributed guidance model).
Third party evaluation is being conducted on the impact of this approach and will be available in early 2020 allowing for additional learning across the CREC.
To see our work from the 2017 Rural Education Summit, click here.