A student’s social and emotional health is of critical importance to his or her well-being. Social and emotional learning enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.
There is a Social Emotional Coach present at each school within the Mequon-Thiensville School District. These individuals provide leadership and coaching to grow teachers' capacity in the area of social-emotional welfare and support to our school families with the belief that through attending to the social-emotional health of all students, academic achievement will rise as well.
Social Emotional Coaches focus on issues related to:
- Social acceptance of all students and families in our school community,
- Emotional health of all students,
- Development of tenacity and perseverance in our students and the staff who serves them, and
- Cultivation of a climate and culture where equity and social justice is the standard by which all student-related decisions are made.
CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, has identified five connected sets of competencies:
- Self-Awareness: Recognizing emotions, assessing ones’ strengths and challenges
- Self-Management: Controlling emotions and impulses, managing stress, self-motivation, setting and achieving goals
- Social Awareness: Identifying others’ emotions, showing empathy, understanding other perspectives
- Relationship Skills: Building healthy relationships, communication skills, conflict resolution, working, playing and learning with others
- Responsible Decision-making: Making wise choices, evaluating potential consequences