"Our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect. It is important to know how to feel, how to respond, and how to let life in so that it can touch you."
There is growing consensus among educational researchers that young people need to develop competencies in many areas other than academic content and skills. Graduating from high school and being prepared for college and career success require a much broader set of skills, including the ability to navigate life’s challenges, maintain healthy relationships, and manage one’s own emotions and behaviors.
In fact, many of these skills provide better predictors of success than do achievement scores. Not only do social-emotional skills support academic achievement, they also make it less likely that youth will engage in risky behaviors related to bullying, drug and alcohol use, and sexual activity.
Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and the workplace are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for life after high school, the Wilton Public Schools focuses on developing the social and emotional skills students will need to be successful.
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Social-Emotional Program Goals
As students advance through the grades and make individual progress toward mastery of social and emotional skills, they are able to exhibit with increasing breadth and depth these capacities of the emotionally healthy and socially responsible individual:
1 They develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success.
Students are able to accurately recognize their emotions, effectively manage them, and constructively express them. They are able to handle stress, control impulses, and motivate themselves to persevere in overcoming obstacles. They value their inherent worth as a person, accurately assess their abilities and interests, build their strengths, and make effective use of family, school, and community resources. They are able to establish academic and personal goals and monitor their progress toward achieving them.
2 They use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships
Students are able to build and maintain positive relationships by recognizing and honoring the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of others, including those different from their own. They establish positive peer, family, and school/work relationships by cooperating, communicating respectfully, showing kindness, and constructively resolving conflicts with others.
3. They demonstrate appropriate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
Students promote their own health, avoid risky behaviors, deal honestly and fairly with others, and contribute to the good of their classroom, school, family, and community. They are able to make decisions and solve problems on the basis of accurately defining decisions to be made, anticipating the consequences of each, accessing support from others when needed, and evaluating and learning from their own decision-making.
Core Principles for Social-Emotional Learning
Much has been learned in the past few decades about school and classroom practices that effectively promote the development of social-emotional skills and dispositions. Based on this research, the Wilton Public Schools has established the following core principles for social-emotional learning: