Social | Emotional Health
A child’s social and emotional health is really about safety. Does the child feel safe enough—physically and emotionally—to take risks, make mistakes, ask questions, try new things? Do the adults in the building work together, with students, to create a school culture and climate that feels safe, feels calm, feels good? These are the questions that our school leaders and teachers think about as they begin to construct school programming that emphasizes the social and emotional growth of our students.
Our schools are known for being safe places for kids to grow and learn. You can tell the minute you walk in our front doors that our schools have a certain identity, a culture of their own, that promotes community, friendship, trust, risk-taking.
To create atmosphere we depend heavily on our commitment to PATHS to PAX, Responsive Classrooms, and our advisory program, which is aligned with the work of Carol Lieber Miller, a Senior Consultant with Engaging Schools, formerly known as Educators for Social Responsibility. Our values are old fashioned in a way: we believe in being firm but fair with students. At the same time, our expectations for them must be age-appropriate and allow students the opportunities to make decisions about their own future.
We start the day with morning meetings and advisory times where students learn to get organized for their day and participate in a community. This work sets the tone for the rest of the school day—where kids are encouraged to learn about themselves and respect others in meaningful ways. Please visit the websites of Afya Public Charter School and Tunbridge Public Charter School for more information about what the social/emotional health portion of our mission looks like.