Social and Emotional
Learning at WAVA
At WAVA we believe that school is about more than just academic learning. It is about supporting the whole student as they journey through their K-12 school career. Because of this belief, we have adopted a research-based curriculum to help guide administrators, teachers, counselors and the greater WAVA community in their support of each student. 7 Mindsets is a comprehensive blueprint for happiness, intentionality, and success, written in simple, powerful language to teach and activate success strategies for people to live the lives of their dreams. Each month, we will focus a different mindset and the actions you can take to instill this mindset in your life. In addition to our adoption of the 7 Mindset curriculum, WAVA has school counselors in each of our grade bands (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12) that are dedicated to supporting students in the classroom, small groups, one-on-one sessions, and through connections to greater community resources and supports. Our counselors support students socially, emotionally and academically. You can expect counselor support in the following areas:
Live SEL Classes/Small Groups
Study Skills Small Group
Schoolwide mental health
Grief/Loss Support Group
Connecting families to school and community resources
Everything is Possible Passion First
We are Connected 100% Accountable
Attitude of Gratitude Live to Give
The Time is Now
Social and Emotional Learning-SEL
“Social emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. It is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.”
—Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Mindsets-based SEL identifies the patterns of thoughts which influence our feelings, actions, and decisions. It leads to intrinsic motivation that enables a growth mindset in adults and students. Individuals who have a firm belief in their potential, an optimistic vision of the future, and a strong sense of personal authenticity perform better academically and forge more substantial relationships in life.
Stride Inc and 7 Mindsets
The 7 Mindsets program is a proven, research-based SEL solution that helps districts and schools sustain positive school cultures rooted in relationships. What sets 7 Mindsets apart from other K-12 SEL programs is that it nurtures the mindsets of educators first, and then students, empowering each member of the school community to live a life of purpose, passion, and meaning. The 7 Mindsets program includes a comprehensive web-based curriculum, professional development and ongoing coaching designed to nurture the social emotional health of teachers and provide training needed for everyone to succeed. The curriculum can be configured to work with any school schedule for both on-site and virtual learning.
In addition to the web-based curriculum, 7 Mindsets is providing professional development for Stride, Inc.’s 4,000 teachers throughout the country. They are also coaching their leadership team, showing them what to monitor and how to coach the schools’ administrators in turn.
Happiness and success is not a destination, instead it is a journey; and it can only be defined by the individual. The 7 Mindsets are the result of a 3 year study designed to uncover how many people found happiness, success, meaning, and purpose in life. The research found that happiness and success is not predicated on what we know or where we come from, it is predicated on how we think.
The 7 Mindsets are designed to promote self-awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
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