“The new Common Core State Standards – and our resulting Core Curriculum – simply means that what we teach and how we teach is evolving to keep pace with the expectations our future graduates will face.”
—Superintendent Richard A. Carranza
Preparing our young people for the world of tomorrow means equipping them with the knowledge and skills today that they will need to succeed in the workforce. To do that, we need to update our goals for learning—and that’s really all Common Core Standards are. They are a set of learning goals that work grade-by-grade, step-by-step toward what modern careers and colleges expect, so that when students graduate, they are ready for college, ready for work—ready for life.
We are implementing a school-wide SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) plan for the 2018 school year. The most critical elements are: bi-monthly SEL themes; SEL curriculum in all classrooms; increasing PBIS and positive-based supports in classes and on the yard. Five SEL themes will guide the Clarendon community throughout the year: Learning School Expectations; Identifying Feelings; Having Empathy; Managing Emotions; and Problem Solving.
Each teacher will use their preferred SEL curriculum, but fit their lessons into the theme. The students will receive lessons in class, but will also access information during lunch-time assemblies and on the yard. Parents will also receive information about the monthly theme, and how to echo the learning at home, through parent-education nights and this SEL online classroom. Students who are caught using their social skills, will be positively acknowledged with PAWS. Students will be able to use their PAWS to earn rewards at the School Store. Learn more on the SEL Website, below.