Understanding
Social-Emotional
Learning at Baldwin

Jessica Spatz-McNeary
Director of Student Support Services
School Psychologist 

Liz Strauss
School Counselor

Social-Emotional Support 

Research shows that early social-emotional skill development is key to future success.

Social-emotional learning teaches girls to manage their emotions, to have empathy for others, to mindfully solve problems, to make responsible decisions and to maintain healthy relationships.

At Baldwin we have specific programs in place that are based on age and what girls are typically experiencing during different points of their development.

Lower School

Our Pre-K and Kindergarten girls have a weekly program with our Director of Student Support Services that teaches our girls compassion, how to be patient with themselves and others, how to assume the best of others and how to use a talking voice.

As girls move to Grades 1 through 5, we move to a science-centric program that teaches girls about their brain and how it functions and responds to their own feelings as well as the actions of others.

Please click on the images to the left for more information about these two programs.

Middle School

Social-Emotional Learning looks a lot different in Middle School. Through our advising program, a time during the school day set aside for small groups of girls to work with their advisors on learning to manage their emotions, have empathy, take responsibility for their actions and to self-advocate to solve problems. These advisors are also Middle School classroom teachers so these social-emotional lessons don't just happen during the advising period - they are infused in every Middle School class.

Upper School

Advising extends into Upper School but evolves into a model for teenagers. Advising is meant to be a more social time between the girls and their advisors. Groups of girls are assigned to an advisor in Grade 9 and that advisor stays with the group through Grade 12. What results is a very close relationship between the girls and the advisors.

Advising is a time and a space for girls to talk about what's going on in their lives. It's a time for advisors to help with any situations any girl may be finding tough navigating. 

Our School Counselor is also a resource for our Middle and Upper School girls. She builds relationships all year long with our girls so they know they also have other resources and adults should they need extra support.

Additional resources used by our counselors include: 
National Association of School Psychologists
Common Sense Media - provides independent reviews, age ratings and other information about all types of media.
Teaching Tolerance - provides free resources to educators to supplement their to create civil and inclusive school communities.

 

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