The SEL Community Schools program works with students, faculty, school staff members, and parents to support students’ emotional and mental health needs by expanding the use of Restorative Practices (RP). We support students’ emotional and mental health needs by providing extra interventions and engagements. Restorative Practices offer schools an alternative to traditional disciplinary actions centering on punishment for misbehavior and breaking the rules. It aims to repair harm and relationships, build healthy communities, increase social capital, and decrease crime and antisocial behavior.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
Goals include reducing chronic absenteeism, lower out-of-school suspensions, and improving the school climate. Students, staff, and parents work together to improve school culture, focusing on restorative practices, mediation, and conflict resolution.
Together, we build long-lasting relationships, helping students achieve success in their futures. Restorative Practice Facilitators (RPFs) and Student Support Advocates (SSAs) build the SEL/RP capacity at the school level. They support students struggling in school, community, or at home. This holistic approach is crucial as everyone navigates the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on education, health, and well-being.
This 2-day training provides necessary information for establishing the conditions for developing and nurturing a positive school climate and school culture. It is the science of relationships and community. When applied in schools, home, work, and community, Restorative Practices proactively improve climate and culture. Restorative Practices also provide responses to wrongdoing that focuses on repairing harm and how strengthening and/or building relationships between individuals as well as social connections within the community.
This is a presentation for elementary students. Students will learn how to make healthy choices regarding food and lifestyle. Students will also learn how to build solid and healthy relationships with their peers.
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