On Friday, October 6th, the MHS Guidance Department planned and hosted a Social Emotional Learning workshop for all high school staff. The workshop featured presenters from UNH’s Browne Center: Tara Flippo and Jeff Frigon. SEL is based on the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) core competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. The high school’s advisory curriculum will be addressing these competencies this year. High school staff had the opportunity to learn about these competencies and to experience several lessons they will present to students. Researchers have found that students participating in classroom based programs that focus on SEL saw drastic gains in academics, improvements in mental health and improvements in relationships with peers and adults.
Upon completion of the workshop, advisory teachers were given a copy of the book “Social Emotional Learning in Action” which includes a full SEL curriculum. Overall, it was a great opportunity to learn about how to incorporate SEL within the high school’s curriculum while also having the chance to collaborate with staff members and even have some fun!