Four years ago, a group of administrators from Chilton ISD heard Roberto Rivera’s dynamic speech about social and emotional learning (SEL) at a TASA/TASB meeting leadership conference. With a significant population of English language-learners (ELLs), Chilton ISD was projected to perform at an “F” level in Texas based on its psychometric analysis at the time.
When Tracey Smith became Principal of Brookwood Elementary School in Forsyth County, Ga., five years ago, she brought with her a deep understanding of the value of social-emotional learning (SEL). Having used the 7 Mindsets SEL curriculum for roughly six years at her prior school, Smith was well positioned to help Brookwood optimize the curriculum, which had been in place for about a year.
Coming into the 2020-21 school year, the teachers and staff at McKinney High School knew that they’d be facing a litany of existing and emerging roadblocks. With the pandemic still in full effect and remote learning seen as the safest educational delivery method, Justin James, Assistant Principal, said the school set its sights on aligning teachers and students with campus relationships, culture, and communication.
As the 10th fastest growing county in the U.S., Georgia’s Jackson county regularly adds new schools, colleges, and career centers to its already-robust lineup of educational institutions. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Jackson County Schools knew that it needed a way to keep its teachers and students connected in the remote-learning space. That's when they turned to 7 Mindsets.
Situated in a region that’s challenged by generational poverty and other socioeconomic issues, Chattahoochee Elementary School in Forsyth County, Ga., needed a way to level the playing field across its diverse student population. With about 800 students in grades K-5, and 40% of them on either free or reduced lunch, the school was facing some particularly steep challenges on the social emotional learning (SEL) front.
“With 7 Mindsets, not only have we changed our students, but we’ve also changed the way we think about and look at life,” said Ceatriss Wall, Principal. “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would see the impact that we've seen now using 7 Mindsets and having SEL learning incorporated into daily life. There’re no words to explain how happy we are that we implemented this SEL curriculum at our school.”
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.
Franklin Middle School is a nationally recognized community school in North-Central Minneapolis, providing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focused education to prepare students to attend and be successful in High School and beyond. This 7 Mindsets model learning community is fiercely dedicated to building school leaders and applying mindsets-based social emotional learning (Middle School SEL). Through the actions of this loving and dedicated staff community, Franklin Middle has also measured a defining impact on their entire neighborhood.