Substance abuse and violence prevention efforts must focus on social and emotional wellness. Research suggests social and emotional wellness contributes to success in school and in the workplace.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning www.casel.org identifies the components of social and emotional wellness as: Self-awareness; recognizing one’s emotions and values as well as one’s strengths and limitations, Self-management; managing emotions and behaviors to achieve one’s goals, Social awareness; showing understanding and empathy for others, relationship skills; forming positive relationships, working in teams, dealing effectively with conflict and Responsible Decision-making, making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behavior.
Parents and schools working together can promote positive emotional wellness in youth.
CDC provides information about School Connectedness, an important protective factor. Students who feel connected to their school are also more likely to have better academic achievement, have better school attendance, stay in school longer and avoid high risk behaviors.
Below is information for Parents, Teachers and Administrators.
- Helping Your Child Feel Connected To School
- Fostering School Connectedness – Information for Teachers and School Staff
- Fostering School Connectedness – Information for School Districts and School Administrators
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness. Resources support improving school climate and reducing bullying behaviors.
Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to low-income schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. The Playworks staff has found, created and sorted hundreds of games that will get kids off the sidelines and into the game. Whether you want to keep kids active for a full recess period, or just do a few minutes of ice breakers before an activity, there’s a game here for your needs. This is a database of games.