What are the Refocus Centers trying to solve?

Pine Lane Elementary in Parker, Colorado has is dedicated to the success of all students.  Focusing on the social-emotional health of their students has been a big part of recovering from the COVID epidemic.   The Refocus Centers are a tool to help students soothe their worries and be ready to return to the classroom. 

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What is Socal-Emotional Learning?

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL 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) 

"Research shows that SEL not only improves achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases social skills (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among student" (Durlak, J.A., Weissberg, R.P., Dymnicki, A.B., Taylor, R.D., & Schellinger, K.B. (2011). "The impact of enhancing students' social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions." Child Development, 82, pp.405-432.).

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What does Social-Emotional Learning try to accomplish? 

Social-Emotional Learning tries to accomplish:

“Competence in the self-management domain requires skills and attitudes that facilitate the ability to regulate emotions and behaviors. This includes the ability to delay gratification, manage stress, and control impulses through problem-focused coping. It also implies appropriate expressiveness, perseverance, and being agentic in addressing personal and group-level challenges to achieve self- and collectively defined goals and objectives.” (Jagers et al., 2018).

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