“All learning has an emotional basis.” -Plato
Imagine a world where young people are taught leadership skills before they ever leave high school—a world where our future mothers, fathers, employees and community leaders foster deeper relationships, serve with compassion and seek to serve first. That’s a world we’d like to live in, and it’s a world we can create.
Schools can’t do it alone
Today’s schools face many challenges: limited public funding and teaching for mandated test-taking among them. But perhaps the worst are disruptive and defiant behaviors: behaviors that impede learning for all students as teachers must turn their attention from instruction to discipline—lowering academic performance, increasing delinquent behavior and following students from schools to workplaces and communities.
Social-emotional learning offers a solution
Character Lives is a new curriculum being integrated into high schools throughout the Coulee Region. Based on the Character Strong model created by educator John Norlin, it equips educators to teach our young students social skills and empathy. It has proven to transform schools into places that truly care about the well-being of others.