It Takes a Village
The concept of social emotional learning is not new to San Bernardino City Unified School District, what is new and showing promise is the approach. Two years ago, we forged a relationship with the University of La Verne and their Center for Neurodiversity, Learning and Wellness, and through that relationship we have been able to offer a multi-pronged approach to this work. Offering deep learning opportunities for all our school leaders, tailored learning opportunities for staff serving in the classroom, as well as awareness building for our families. These learning opportunities are rooted in the neuroscience behind the feelings of belonging, care and safety. We chose to take this multi-pronged approach to this work, starting with efforts to build the capacity of our site leaders and parallel efforts working directly with a cohort of our teachers, counselors and other support staff. The learning opportunities for parents began approximately six months after the work with staff. We felt that early exposure and sense making for our principals and vice principals needed to take place early because they along with school leadership teams are often times responsible for establishing and nurturing the climate and culture for their schools. It's our intention and goal to create the environments that support and foster student learning in a context that breeds deep, experiential social emotional learning.