Barnes selected to be part of Recess Rocks in R.I. initiative

Originally published April 19, 2019 in the Johnston Sunrise.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), Playworks New England and the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) have added the first Johnston school to their roster of schools participating in the statewide #RecessRocksinRI initiative.

Barnes Elementary School joins a group of 80 total #RecessRocksinRI schools increasing physical activity and building social/emotional skills through the power of play. Read More

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Massachusetts Teachers Incorporate Student SEL Development Into PE Curriculum

Assessment of Social Skills Documents Growth, Identifies Areas that Need Continued Focus

Students across Massachusetts develop more than fitness skills in their PE classes. Social and personal skills – known as Social-Emotional Learning – remain a key focus.

“We focus on SEL because it works so well with the PE National Standard 4,” said Melonie Bennett, the  Braintree Public Schools Director of Physical Education and Health. Read More

Social emotional learning and physical tasks

Originally published March 17, 2019 in the Hillsdale Daily News.

By Steve Head

The superintendents of Lenawee County schools have made social-emotional learning the focus of our monthly articles for this school year.

This month, the focus is on the role of physical activity on social-emotional learning. Physical education classes and play provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to develop the key skills necessary for self-confidence and self-esteem, along with a healthy lifestyle. Read More

Teacher Creates Assessment to Correlate Physical Fitness, Social-Emotional Learning

PE teachers throughout Mitchell (S.D.) School District 17-2 also focus on the social and emotional well-being of their students.

Using an assessment created by Mitchell Middle School health and PE teacher Cheryl Miller, teachers track students’ behaviors and social skills as go through their class session. After each class, teachers enter the information into their IHT Spirit System.

“Every single class period, every day,” Miller said. “It takes me two minutes. We created a 10-point scale. The first column in the assessment is a scale from 1-10. Those students with no issues get scored with a 10.” Read More

Social-Emotional Learning Component Seeing Success Throughout Fulton School District

Originally published March 12, 2019 in Oswego County Today.

The implementation of social-emotional learning programs throughout the Fulton City School District has catapulted students’ sense of belonging.

Lanigan first grade teacher Samantha Finocchiaro leads a social-emotional learning lesson with her students, all of whom have become better connected with their emotions, thanks to the district’s implementation of the Second Steps curriculum.
As the district works toward its goal of having 90 percent of its students feel welcomed and part of their school, FCSD Director of Student Support Services Geri Geitner said students in grades kindergarten through 12 have become more equipped with the knowledge and tools to further develop their SEL skills and put them into practice. Read More