Community ResourcesSocial-Emotional Learning
Welcome to our Compassion, Accountability, Respect & Empathy (CARE) page! WSMF recognizes the significant importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) for all our students and we are thrilled to be expanding our program. The CARE program, originally designed as a mindfulness class in the grades, is led by Mrs. Branigan Reed (1st grade teacher and SEL Specialist). If you have suggestions, questions, or want to get involved, please don’t hesitate to email Mrs. Reed at email@example.com.
Why is SEL Important?
There is a great deal of research being done that shows the benefits of intentional implementation of SEL curriculum. Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading innovators of social-emotional Learning for over 20 years documents this research on their website. A few notable statistics include:
- “57% more students in schools with an SEL program improved their skills compared to students in schools without an SEL program, 27% more improved their academic performance, and 24% more improved their emotional well-being and social behavior.” See full study here: Journals.sagepub.com
- “SEL programming can have a positive impact up to 18 years later on academics, conduct problems, emotional distress, and drug use.” See 2017 Meta-analysis of 82 studies of 100,000 students here: casel.org/2017-meta-analysis/
What is CARE Class at WSMF?
Students in grades 1-8 will have integrated lessons and activities that highlight a shared monthly theme. Class teachers and subject teachers will intentionally bring activities that will develop social-emotional skills while partnering with the existing curriculum of each grade. Lessons will have aspects of story and art, movement, and service as part of the regular rhythm of each monthly focus area. In addition, we have created a special tab on our website (which you are visiting now!) that will include weekly CARE corner updates, mindful movement videos, and invitations for families to participate in the monthly projects. We are also working to build a resource library that can be useful to families seeking support for a wide range of social-emotional needs.
Learn More About Mrs. Branigan Reed
Before Mrs. Reed joined the Waldorf School in 2016, she spent 8 years taking up many diverse roles at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Somerville, MA. Much of her work with colleagues and students surrounded social dynamics, self-development, social awareness, and community-building. She worked with middle school students to develop student-written, socially-conscious, devised theatre performances during both after-school and summer programs. As the K-3 Family Engagement Campus Leader, she facilitated parent education workshops on Temperaments, Communication, Mindful Listening, and Wellness to complement the work she was leading in the student community. During her time in special education at the school, she focused primarily on behavioral and self-regulation support for students. More recently, Mrs. Reed became a certified yoga teacher and Wellness Champion through Breathe for Change. This is the only program of its kind, a 200-hour intensive training designed specifically for educators. Through this transformative experience, her “tool kit” for SEL has grown, in addition to her passion for community and collaboration. Each of these experiences, as well as the countless others they exist among, share the values of human connection, understanding, and wellness.
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Our theme this month is Gratitude.
In such tumultuous times, cultivating gratitude can ease stress, promote positivity, and bring peace to weary minds and bodies. We’d like to invite you to join our wave of gratitude by sharing something you are grateful for. All contributions will be added to our gratitude tree located in the entrance hall of our school, so that students and faculty can experience its growth each day! I will share pictures with the community so that you too can witness the beauty of a grateful community.
Please share your gratitudes with me directly via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30, 2020.
I am happy to begin by sharing my gratitude first: I am grateful for this amazing community of loving, innovative, and kind individuals.
Wishing you well,
First Grade Class Teacher, SEL Specialist