By Amanda Williams
This week, Albany Leadership introduced our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum to our students. Every two weeks during our advisory period (7:50- 8:41 am), students will begin their day with discussions, activities, and workshops directly related to the five social and emotional competencies. SEL education is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set, and achieve positive goals, feel, and show empathy for others, establish, and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The goal of SEL education is to cultivate a caring, participatory, and equitable learning environment through evidence-based practices that actively involve all students in their social, emotional, and academic growth. This approach infuses social and emotional learning into every part of students’ daily life—across all of their classrooms, during all times of the school day, and when they are in their homes and communities.
There are five identified competencies that ALH students will learn through our CLEAR Day workshops and activities. These competencies are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Our students will work with their peers and teachers on these competencies through the lens of our C.L.E.A.R. Values. Our C.L.E.A.R. Values are College Readiness, Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, and Resolve and Resilience. By partnering with ALH teachers and staff, families at home, and our partners in the community, Albany Leadership students can and will succeed academically, personally, and professionally now and in the future.
To learn more about SEL education, please check out the links below.