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Social & Emotional Learning

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Student Council Members Pursue Noble Goals 

Each year our Student Council, as part of Pursuing Noble Goals, organizes a fundraising campaign. Our student fundraiser this year, organized by the Baywood Student Council, will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation (www.ctf.org).  CTF’s mission is to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF), an under-recognized genetic disorder that affects one in every 3000 people and millions worldwide.  NF can lead to tumor growth along nerves, vision impairment (and loss of sight), and bone abnormalities, among other issues.  CTF supports a number of NF-specific clinical trials to find effective treatments.  In addition to helping fund 50 NF clinics nationwide, CTF provides resources and support to affected families.

Change Maker Program in Action

Due to the generosity of the PTA students have been busy learning about Benjamin Franklin as a person, inventor, and statesman since our doors opened in August. This year Benjamin Franklin has inspired our character education and social emotional learning programs through classroom lessons, activities, Lawrence Hall of Science presentations and inventive play opportunities. Here are some highlights of our change maker program. 

Click here to view a short clip from Ben Franklin's visit. 

Click here to view some of the student created Lightning in a Bottle stories told from the perspective of the kite. 



Be sure to visit this site regularly to find out more about our change maker program. 



 What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions

“The process through which people learn to recognize and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships and avoid negative behaviors. Such skills are critical components of the success of all schools.” - Elias, 2003


The Six Seconds Model of emotional intelligence shows three core areas - or pursuits - that allow people to live and lead with emotional intelligence: Know Yourself,  Choose Yourself, and Give Yourself.  There are eight fundamental competencies that facitliate the three core pursuits.  

  • Enhancing Emotional Literacy
  • Recognizing Patterns
  • Consequential Thinking
  • Navigating Emotions
  • Intrinsic Motivation
  • Optimism
  • Increase Empathy
  • Pursue Noble Goals

Why is SEL important?

Schools with SEL programs have a more positive school climate in terms of student behaviors, relationships with each other and to their learning process and a greater level of ownership and investment in their education (Durlack and Weissberg, 2005).

Students enrolled in SEL programs scored eleven percentage points higher on standardized tests relative to those who did not receive the program.(Weissberg, 2011)

In participating schools, up to 50 percent of children showed improved achievement scores, and up to 38 percent improved their grade-point average.(Durlak and Weissberg, 2005)

What is Baywood’s plan to implement SEL?

We have teamed up with 6Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network (www.6seconds.org), to survey our school to learn more about our school. The data gathered will help us to build upon our successes and uncover areas in the school that are interfering with school and student success. We will then be providing the teachers and administrators tools to use in the classroom to develop each area. SEL is an extension of our currently existing Lifeskills program. We realize that as a school community our Lifeskills program lays a positive foundation in the early years but that for later years, we need additional methods of helping our students learn the competencies listed above. SEL can be implemented in the classroom as individual lessons and integrated into every lesson teachers teach.

We are very excited about our plan that will unfold over 3 years.

  • Year 1: Develop our plan, vision and core group; gather data; begin to pilot and raise awareness. 2014-15
  • Year 2: Expand our work, grow teacher competence; more fully integrate into school. 2015-16
  • Year 3: Make SEL part of the fabric of the school for all students, teachers, parents & community members. 2016-17