The Covid-19 pandemic may be on everyone’s minds right now, but school districts grappled with another pandemic before the virus changed our world. School violence incidents such as the Parkland School shooting were increasing, and students’ physical and mental well-being were at critical levels. New Caney Independent School District, northeast of Houston, Texas, understood that social emotional learning (SEL) and the missed opportunities to identify students with deficits played out in school–specifically in school violence.
The 2021 EdTech Awards has selected 7 Mindsets as a finalist for a 2021 EdTech Trendsetter Award. The proven, research-based social emotional learning (SEL) solution earned the recognition in the “product or service setting a trend” category. The EdTech Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. The annual program, which is now in its 11th year, is the largest recognition program in all of education technology.
To promote equity in education, it is crucial that educators can meet the needs of students beyond their academic goals, which requires being attuned to students’ diverse backgrounds and unique experiences. When educators build this important cultural competence and become advocates and supporters for students and their communities, schools take one step closer to equity in education.
While social emotional learning (SEL) and equity have always been important, the events of the past year have brought these issues to the forefront. From social isolation to civil unrest to equity gaps, students and educators are facing challenges that a myopic focus on academics cannot address. To help PK-12 districts and schools support SEL and equity in education, 7 Mindsets, the leader in online SEL solutions, today announces SELEQUITY™.
“SELEQUITY inspires students to put emotions into positive action, to live their best life, and to make the world a better place for everyone else.”
SELEQUITY™ is an expression that looks at social emotional health, fairness, empathy, and compassion for all humanity through an equity lens. It reinforces the development of feelings, emotions, mindsets, and dispositions of people, both individually and collectively, to provide opportunities for all to grow and thrive, regardless of their circumstances.
“SEL can’t be achieved without taking into account the beauty and value of diversity and practicing true inclusion.”
“Equity is about ensuring chances for everyone to have the opportunity to reach their potential to become their best self.”
“SELEQUITY™ will take us further by offering a chance to everyone, to lift us all regardless of our history and circumstances, which benefits us all beyond anything we could imagine.”
“SELEQUITY extends SEL by adding the dimensions of justice, inclusion and diversity which are essential for building amazing relationships and thriving.”