Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the foundation of support needed to acquire the skills for lifelong effectiveness. In education, SEL helps create a positive school environment and safe, supportive classrooms in which students are respected, cared for and connected. SEL research validates that emotions are just as important to learning as academic instruction- and are important for the well-being of both students and educators. In fact, the need for educators to be well-versed in social emotional learning competencies for their students and themselves is being talked about as “necessary and urgent."
Acknowledge Alliance has a unique approach to this way of learning and teaching by using a mental health lens. We work directly on school campuses, multiple days a week, offering comprehensive social emotional learning services that includes trainings to educators, 1:1 support for students, teachers, and administrators, classroom observations coupled with professional development, a social emotional learning curriculum for 3rd – 6th graders, and direct student counseling.
We do not have a product that is delivered to a school and then we leave, causing additional stress to educators and risking unsuccessful and inadequate implementation of social emotional learning strategies. The Acknowledge Alliance mental health professionals have the expertise to help both educators and students recognize and welcome emotions as crucial to success in education. We skillfully use approaches and strategies to help students feel more comfortable, safe, and engaged in their classrooms while providing knowledge, expertise and tools to educators, helping them to foster and implement social emotional learning when working with every student. When Acknowledge works with a school, we are creating a network of caring adults who will support students’ success.