How do we approach SEL & Character Development?
CharacterStrong's Chief Development Officer, Dr. Clayton Cook, shares more about why Social & Emotional Learning is essential to our young people (and adults) and discusses some important thoughts related to Character Education (and how to approach it).
An Overview of CharacterStrong
At CharacterStrong we integrate social, emotional, and behavioral supports with academics. We believe that every student should have access to (a) safe, predictable and inclusive learning environments, (b) healthy supportive relationships with educators and peers, and (c) opportunities to learn skills that enable them to meet the demands of school and life. CharacterStrong is more than a curriculum—rather we see our work in partnership with schools and families to help support a positive culture and climate that enables students to become their best possible selves. We strive to develop low-burden, high-yield resources that enable schools to provide each student with access to the opportunities and experiences they need to be successful in school and beyond.
We ground our work in defensible research that shows that (a) when schools teach social-emotional skills, they are likely to produce an 11% increase in end-of-the-year academic test scores without doing anything different with regard to academics, (b) social-emotional skills are the best predictors of work and life success, and (c) that for every dollar invested in integrating social, emotional, and behavioral supports with academics, there is a return of $11.
Our work helps young people and adults alike develop the necessary competencies - individually and communally - to thrive in the 21st century. We support students, schools, and families from all over the world and are always available for feedback. If you have an insight you would like to share, don't hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
We each get better when we take time to listen with empathy and respond with care - we are in this together!
The CharacterStrong Team
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