It's no secret that students were severely impacted by COVID. While hundreds of District 6 students attended a very robust summer school program, they will still be playing catchup during the 2021-22 school year. Unfortunately, schoolwork was not the only thing that was negatively impacted for students - their emotional intelligence was as well.
With the ongoing challenge to meet all instructional minutes in a school day, it can be near impossible to find time to dedicate to explicit instruction of social and emotional skills. An integrated approach may be the solution to achieve both academic and social-emotional success.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that social and emotional skills are imperative to student success. "With the ongoing challenge to meet all instructional minutes in a school day, it can be near impossible to find time to dedicate to explicit instruction of social and emotional skills. An integrated approach may be the solution to achieve both academic and social-emotional success." Haley Huberty, M.Ed., Learning and Technology
According to the Colorado Department of Education, social-emotional skills are often listed in the list of college- and career-readiness skills alongside self-awareness, teamwork, perseverance, problem-solving, and adaptability. Students need to be equipped with these skills throughout their public education so they're well-prepared for whatever lay beyond their K-12 school career.
Most schools have a combination of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Programming, but many are implemented with little to no integration with academics. This is a huge benefit in SmartLabs.
Through the SmartLab, students engage in a learning environment that not only allows them to work at an individualized level academically, it builds a culture around collaboration, problem solving, and creativity.
Addressing social-emotional needs of students is no longer optional for schools. SmartLabs are creating a holistic approach to learning, allowing our students to build upon the social skills they missed during COVID while simultaneously working through standards-based curriculum.