TALCOTT FINE ARTS & MUSEUM ACADEMYILLINOIS
PROGRAM(S) PARTICIPATED IN: Sprint 2014, Solution 2014-2015
Olimpia Bahena, Principal
Kristen Thelen, 5th + 6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher.
Joan Leber, 7th + 8th Grade Language Arts
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
School Type: Selective enrollment
Grades served: 9-12
Lack of social emotional intelligence skills is a problem for middle school students because they are distracted from their learning, they are unable to communicate effectively, and they are unable to see situations from others point of view.
HOW MIGHT WE…
Help our students build their social emotional toolkit to improve interpersonal relationships and increase concentration on academic studies?
We determined that there is room for expansion in the way students are learning at school. We created a prototype where the whole school focuses on a different social/emotional learning topic every month. Teachers lead a mini-lesson on the targeted social/emotional topic during their homeroom classes to reinforce and deepen the school-wide initiatives.