Chartwell School believes strongly that social-emotional learning is an important component of the curriculum. Social cognition is often taken for granted as a skill that naturally develops, but it is an area that is underdeveloped in a number of people. Chartwell uses two research based programs to support this learning.
The Toolbox Project, is a program that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social, and academic success as they learn 12 simple, yet powerful tools. With practice, these tools become valuable personal skills: self-awareness, self-management, and relationship skills, and these in turn foster responsible decision-making and choices. Because the techniques are simple and the language is shared across all grades, children adopt the tools and master them quickly.
Toolbox builds a critical foundation in a child’s development necessary for academic and social success, particularly with students who have language-based learning differences like dyslexia. We harness the leadership of our 7th and 8th grade students to help model and mentor their younger classmates as the program is implemented. There is extensive research that shows children cannot learn until they feel safe and are able to understand and manage their emotions and social interactions. Specifically, the research has shown that:
- social and emotional skills are essential for academic learning
- these skills can be taught and learned, and
- this kind of training has powerful benefits for life success
Teachers and support staff refer to the tools when they are problem-solving with students in the classroom, in the hallways, and on the playground, and students are encouraged to apply the tools when needed to solve problems independently.
The RULER program was developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. It made up of evidence-based tools designed to enhance the emotional intelligence of school leaders, teachers and staff, and students and their families. RULER includes four primary tools: the Charter, Mood Meter, Meta-Moment, and Blueprint. Each is based on scientific research and helps children and adults develop their emotional intelligence skills.