We all want the best for our kids.
Whether they are our own children, our students, our neighbors, or our grandchildren, young people represent the promise of the future for all of us. And, we share a collective responsibility to pave the way for their success.
For young people to succeed and thrive, they need not only the support of parents, educators, and friends, but also the commitment and action of an entire community of caring adults. Feeling safe and connected, having a sense of trust and belonging, and being able to understand and manage their own feelings are crucial ingredients for their future success.
Relate 918 is a community-wide initiative led by Tulsa Public Schools and The Opportunity Project to support young people in developing the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to succeed in school, work, and life. Working together to organize and deepen the resources in our city, we believe our mission of building confident kids and connected communities is more achievable than ever.
As we plan together for our collective responsibility in creating opportunities for all young people in Tulsa, it is important to ground ourselves in the best information we have on how to pave that road to success.
Here’s what we know:
We’ve learning quite a bit about how the development of social and emotional skills benefit youth, but we know very little about what adults can do– working intentionally across in-school and out-of-school settings– to help young people build these skills. As you can imagine, there are a lot of very big ideas and possibilities connected to this kind of exploration.
As part of the Wallace Foundation’s Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), five TPS elementary school sites work to answer the guiding question:
“If urban schools and their after-school partners work together to improve and align experiences and climate to foster children’s social-emotional learning, will young people benefit?”
These five Relate 918 sites receive SEL curricula and materials, professional development, and coaching to support the implementation of social emotional learning practices in-school and out-of-school.
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