Social Emotional Learning
Our mission is to provide social emotional learning through mentorship and guidance by teachers from the same demographics to children within the marginalized communities through an artform created by their culture.
WHAT IS SEL?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a broad term that defines the process through which an individual learns about themselves and others. This can be divided into 5 core competencies per CASEL:
As The Flavor Continues, street and club dance has been a personal journey for each of us as individuals, serving as a mentor of immeasurable lessons including confidence, empathy, patience, and many others. It is something that allowed us to reclaim ourselves as who we are. Based on how impactful these art forms were for us, we created the Social Emotional Learning program to provide for the youth to use as tools in surpassing their challenges, as they helped us in ours.
The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior.
The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations.
The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on various considerations.
The ability to take the perspective and empathize with others.
The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
As quoted by the Aspen Institute, "Conditions for effective implementation are known. Social and emotional learning should be developmentally and culturally aligned to the needs of students and integrated across settings, included the school, home, and community. Students are more likely to benefit when social and emotional learning are embedded in everyday interactions.
Our program follows the above guidelines by 1) Providing students the opportunity to integrate with the greater Boston street and club dance community, 2) Utilizing art forms originating from their culture, providing developmental and cultural alignment, and 3) Integrating student parents and other stakeholders in the process of implementation, embedding it in everyday interactions. We treat our students as our partners, creating a flexible "toolbox" based on years of teaching students through various members of the community as opposed to fitting to a rigid "curriculum". We collaborate with those at CASEL, utilizing their research and formulations to back our programming while incorporating a more culturally humble approach that works with our population.
Our programming is divided into 3 sections:
1. Clinician led teachers training.
2. Classroom implementation
3. Evidence based measurement and evaluation
We have operated through public schools in the Greater Boston area (in schools such as Henderson, Boston Tech, Roxbury Prep, Henderson, and Sara Greenwood), as well as private lessons in the Berkshires. The program is open to expanding depending on the availability of our teachers. Currently, we are still in the pilot stages of our programming framework.
More information in regards to our programming can be requested through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our mentors are recruited from our dance community based on merit and their level of engagement with their craft. We believe in having mentors who can relate to the student, thus establishing trust alongside a one on one relationship, is pivotal in doing this work.