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SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
A successful "life preparatory" education incldues more than learning a set of academic skills. Children also need to develop a set of social and emotional competencies such as:
  • Cooperation
  • Agency
  • Responsibility
  • Empathy
  • Self-management
Holy Trinity Episcopal School is built upon the idea of a relationship centered experience that not only provides opportunities for children to develop those competencies, but also grow in their understanding of how those qualities are displayed by demonstrating respect, compassion, and integrity.
 
At each stage of development, the way we engage in this important work changes. However, as a school, we employ a Responsive Classroom approach to construct this type of learning environment.
 
From the Responsive Classroom website:
 
"Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to education that focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). The Responsive Classroom approach empowers educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant."
 
"Independent research has found that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher academic achievement in math and reading, improved school climate, and higher-quality instruction."
 
For more information about Responsive Classroom, feel free to visit their website.