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Social and Emotional Learning

Developing Empathetic and Thoughtful Citizens

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an integral part of the Carey curriculum through which we engage students in building collaborative classrooms and a strong school community.  Learn more about some of the curriculum that we incorporate into our program at Carey from The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning and Responsive Classroom.

A Culture of Kindness

Whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground, we promote a positive and supportive environment for all. As students progress through the grades, their SEL skills and tools grow. By fifth grade, they become models of Carey’s shared values of kindness, respect, and personal responsibility, and they take those skills on to their next school community.

Daily Practice

Our program works to build student capabilities in four key areas: listening and communication skills; empathy and the ability to see multiple perspectives; self-awareness and reflection; and collaboration and conflict resolution. Each week, regular class time is dedicated to learning and practicing these capabilities. With encouragement and modeling by our faculty, students practice and apply SEL skills in a variety of ways including: using “I”  statements, playing cooperative games, using inside and outside voices, modeling a growth mindset, and practicing mindfulness.

SEL and Academics

When students have explicit instruction with SEL skills and opportunities to practice these skills in the classroom and on the playground, they develop a growing ability to apply these skills independently. Simultaneously, Carey kids are building strong academic skills and mindsets, like curiosity and creativity. What results, is students who can navigate complex academic content with their peers, employing SEL skills to share ideas, respect differing opinions and ultimately work and learn collaboratively.

Examples of Student SEL Lessons

Pre-Kindergarten:  Sharing and making connections

Kindergarten: Building a robust feelings vocabulary

First Grade:  Breaking stereotypes

Second Grade: Practicing a growth mindset

Third Grade: Developing mindfulness through the encouragement of being present and demonstrating empathy

Fourth Grade: Students reflect on their own identity and build empathy through perspective-taking and problem-solving

Fifth Grade:  Students explore citizenship and leadership