Schools are expected to teach students to read and write well, solve difficult math problems, and understand scientific theories. But what about teaching students to cope with failure, speak up for themselves, or manage their time? New Trier Township High School District 203 believes that both academic and life skills preparation are essential in assuring a student's future success.
Social and Emotional Learning includes teaching students how to form healthy relationships, make responsible decisions, and strive toward concrete goals, among other skills. A leading organization dedicated to this type of learning, CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning), notes that extensive research ties high-quality Social and Emotional Learning programs to academic achievement and success beyond high school.
CASEL defines five core competencies for students that are the focus of good programs. They are:
- Responsible Decision-Making
- Relationship Skills
- Social Awareness
New Trier reaffirmed its commitment to Social and Emotional Learning in its last Strategic Plan and continues to offer programs dedicated to reducing stress levels, developing meaningful relationships, and promoting a healthy, balanced life for both students and staff.