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Social Emotional Learning

Ashley Falls is committed to support our students’ social-emotional growth. At our school we use both Second Step and the 8 Keys of Excellence to create an inclusive, welcoming environment where everyone has something to contribute and we continue to become the best versions of ourselves each day!
Second Step is a program for social-emotional learning that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children. Second Step is used on schools in over 70 countries and supports more than 15 million students each year.
At Ashley Falls, we are in our second year of implementation. Students receive weekly directed lessons on empathy, emotional management, skills for learning, and problem solving. All students Kindergarten-Sixth grade participate in Second Step lessons that are research based and build each year helping students develop their social-emotional skillset. 
The 8 Keys of Excellence provide a framework for students to achieve success in school and their personal lives. We use the 8 Keys as a common language when debriefing our actions, how we support one another and connect them to the curriculum we are learning. The 8 Keys helps us understand that we are the master of our own world. We get to create the direction and outcome of our life and how we support one another and the relationships that we make.  
Check out the website for parent resources and more information 
 The 8 Keys of Excellence
Match behavior with values
Demonstrate your positive personal values in all you do and say.  Be sincere and real.
Failure Leads to Success
Learn from mistakes
View failures as feedback that provides you with the information you need to learn, grow, and succeed.
Speak with Good Purpose
Speak honestly and kindly
Think before you speak.  Make sure your intention is positive and your words are sincere.
This is It!
Make the most of every moment
Focus your attention on the present moment.  Keep a positive attitude.
Make your dreams happen
Take positive action.  Follow your vision without wavering.
Take responsibility for actions
Be responsible for your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions.  "Own" the choices you make and the results that follow.
Be willing to do things differently
Recognize what's not working and be willing to change what you're doing to achieve your goal.
Live your best life
Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what's meaningful and important in your life.  Inner happiness and fulfillment
come when your mind, body, and emotions are nurtured by the choices you make.