Addressing a young person’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) growth as well as their academic success is a priority at Tech. Tech utilizes school social workers to provide comprehensive health and mental health services to our student population. Every student at Tech can engage in individual and group services to increase their ability to cope with life situations while engaging in their own academic pathway. Student Support services also include providing access to community resources for students and families, oversight of attendance, social work services for all students rand providing guidance for the implementation of the Tech’s Advisory Framework:Project Ascencion “We are not only in the business of educating youth, but developing them as people.”
Social and Emotional Learning is a process through which children and adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness (www.casel.org). We need SEL skills for ourselves, our relationships, and our work. Tech believe that strengthening these skills enhances our ability to effectively and ethically connect across race, class, culture, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning needs, and age (taken from Oakland United School District).
Tech focuses on increasing Developmental Assets (www.searchinstitute.org) in every student through support, relationship building and using social emotional standards as a guide in supporting student growth through the Tech’s Advisory Framework. College preparation, work skills, and academic counseling are integrated in every grade level Advisory.
Social Emotional Learning:
✓ Self-Awareness: I understand who I am and how my feelings about myself and others influence my actions. I know my strengths and opportunities for growth. I know when I need help and how to get help.
✓ Self-Management: I express my feelings and handle my actions in skillful ways. I set goals and I achieve them.
✓ Social Awareness: I care about and work with people like and different from me.
✓ Relationship Skills: I interact in ways that build positive relationships. I am able to handle conflicts in healthy ways.
✓ Responsible Decision Making: I act in ways that are respectful and safe. I consider how my decisions will effect myself and others
Advisory at Tech
9th Grade Focus: Quien Soy Yo? – Who Am I? – Identity Development and Healthy Relationships
Expected outcomes: Address and increase SEL skills in our student population by providing a space where students can increase their awareness of who they are and how to create healthier relationships with those in their life and school environment.
10th Grade Focus: Leadership Identity and Healthy Self
Expected outcomes: Address and increase SEL skills in our student population by providing guidance taking what they learned in 9th grade to the next level of how students grow as leaders and how they take care of themselves, body and mind, to learn to balance life, academic rigor and expected growth and success.
11th Grade Focus: Building Social Consciousness through Action
Expected outcomes: Building on the previous two years, students will be preparing for their senior year by applying who they are, their skills to work with others and their skills as leaders to initiate change in their community. In preparation for their Senior Capstone Project, students will increase their knowledge of community assets, gaps in services as well as shaping what their work will focus on to apply to the Capstone Program.
12th Grade Focus: The Future is Now! Past, Present, and Future
Expected outcomes: Students will work on articulating and defining what their path in life was, is and will be through continued focus on a higher level of applying integrated SEL skills and the completion of their Capstone Project as a requirement for graduation. Students will be expected to present how they grew as a young person as well as how these skills will guide them to be future leaders in our community through the pursuit of college, apprenticeships, and/or career entry.