Social and Emotional Learning
SEL Gets Bite-Sized Treatment
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Aneducation technology company has launched a library of “bite-sized”lessons on social-emotional learning subjects. StrongMind’snew StrongMindedhas already been adopted for use with students in grades 6-12 inschools in Arizona, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The companyproduces online curriculum for myriad subjects, including Englishlanguage arts, math, science, social studies, health and physicaleducation and assorted electives.
Theindividual lessons in the latest offering are about five minutes longand target a special SEL area. Teachers can customize how contentplaylists are shared–by individual, class or specific groups ofstudents. Students can also access the library for their ownlearning. A student dashboard shares progress to spur additional useof the materials.
Accordingto the company, the lessons align to the core competencies in the SELframework developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, andEmotional Learning, (CASEL). They include direct instruction,vocabulary and practice activities with feedback.
“Werecognized a huge need for a student-centered, research-basedapproach to teaching and learning social emotional skills–one thataddressed individual student learning needs, which complementedrather than competed with academic instruction,” explainedYovhane Metcalfe, chief academic officer at StrongMind, in a pressrelease. “StrongMinded alleviates the implementation challengesthat teachers, schools and districts face so that SEL can more easilybe integrated into any middle or high school course.”
Thecompany is hosting a Zoom webinar about the new program onOct. 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.