Social Emotional Learning &
Preschool | Elementary | Middle
Essential Skills for the Future
One of the greatest strengths of the WNS program is our commitment to the skill development necessary to achieve social competency in diverse settings for our students and within our community as a whole. As such, it is critical to prioritize Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Anti-bias/Anti-racist (ABAR) education in the WNS curriculum. To accomplish this, we consciously engage in generative conversations with faculty and staff about effective implementation of SEL/ABAR into student life via the morning meeting/advisory program, classroom instruction, ACE programming, free play, and extracurricular activities.
Social Emotional Learning
Our focus on social emotional learning (SEL) infuses every corner of our campus. All faculty, including many of our full time ACE staff, are trained in Responsive Classroom or Developmental Designs. In addition, WNS has a social-emotional curriculum based on the cognitive building blocks of social thinking that was created by our faculty for use with our students. This curriculum centers around six essential skills – Self Regulation, Flexible Thinking, Perspective Taking, Social Communication, Problem Solving and Thinking as Part of a Group. Explicit instruction, integrated instruction, and authentic opportunities for practice begin in our ECC program and continue through middle school. We believe that these skills are essential for success in school and in life outside of education.
Our focus on Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist Education works in explicit partnership with our focus on Social Emotional Learning for it is the relationship between these concepts that bring about more compassionate and equitable spaces. We have adopted the National Association of the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Anti-Bias Core Competencies (Identity/Diversity/Justice/
These resources provide the foundation for inquiry in and out of the classroom that sparks critical thinking, enriches conversation, and activates the spirit of activism in students that are essential skills for attaining a more just tomorrow. Additionally, when coupled with the numerous ways in which we celebrate our beautifully diverse community through art, literature, welcoming, representative classroom environments and schoolwide celebrations, it becomes very evident why WNS is a very special place to be.
Visit our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice page for more information regarding our commitment to nurturing an inclusive community.