SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
A Safe Place Where Students Have a Voice
As part of Insight Academy of Arizona's (ISAZ's) holistic approach to each student's success, we offer a social and emotional learning (SEL) program to provide additional wraparound services.
School counselors work closely with staff to deliver a schoolwide SEL program through twice-weekly, 30-minute, live online advisory sessions with students. During their first two weeks in school, students participate each day to become familiar with the online experience and to get to know their classmates. These sessions are led by a specially trained teacher. If needed, parents or Learning Coaches are expected to participate in these advisory sessions to provide continuity of goals.
Through the program, students grow in five key social and emotional areas necessary for thriving in school and life:
- Self -management
- Social awareness
- Relationship building
- Responsible decision-making
In these advisory sessions, students discuss topics relevant to their lives, creating a strong sense of belonging and community among peers and allowing the teacher to learn more about each student on a more personal level.
As a result of sharing in a respectful environment where people listen to and value those who contribute, students discover a vital part of their personal identity—their own voice. And as their confidence and self-esteem grow, students begin to flourish in class and beyond. ISAZ is a "Kids at Hope" school and provides instruction on the "7 Mindsets."
Teachers Focus on Student Well-Being
Through the program, our teachers, who are trained in SEL support and facilitation techniques, focus on their students' academic, social, and emotional well-being. For example, because of a deeper understanding of students' lives through group discussions, a teacher may learn that a participant has chronic health issues. After addressing this issue with the student, the teacher will notify the Family Academic Support Team, which will help the student connect to the services they need most.
Our teachers are also adept at facilitating discussions that connect students' real-life world to their academic studies. A teacher may open the day's discussion about an instance of social injustice reported in the news and then draw the group into a conversation about a book they're studying, such as Lord of the Flies.