Seattle - Every adult in a child’s life has the responsibility to make sure they wear a seatbelt and avoid playing with matches and guns. And that responsibility extends to keeping children safe from sexual abuse—but that’s often not an easy task. Teachers, parents, and program leaders may feel awkward talking about it and may not even know where to start.
Toppenish, WA – The Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team at Kirkwood Elementary recently took a hard look at the school’s needs: achievement gaps in social skills and math, and physical aggression and defiance in the classroom. They determined that these seemingly unrelated problems all have the same main solution: social-emotional learning (SEL).
Research in human development clearly shows that the seeds of empathy, caring, and compassion are present from early in life. But to become caring, ethical people, children need adults to help them at every stage of childhood to nurture these seeds along the way.
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