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Berkshire Outdoor Center is proud to partner with Beijing Shunyi District Education Committee to provide Mobile Programs for Shunyi No. 1 High School, Shunyi Renhe Middle School and Shunyi No. 2 High School, commencing in 2017.
Berkshire Outdoor Center's China Mobile Programs serve as an introduction to social and emotional learning (SEL) through experiential education and provide opportunities for Chinese students to develop character and build social awareness.
Students will work with experienced Berkshire Outdoor Center facilitators to:
According to New York State Department of Education (NYSED.gov), "Social and emotional development and learning (SEDL) has an important role to play in making schools safe and maintaining a caring school climate; facilitating students’ holistic development; and enhancing student motivation, self-expectations and high achievement."
Embracing social and emotional learning as a strategy for enhancing skill development and knowledge acquisition, in addition to bettering the school environment, is paramount. Further, the life skills developed through activities that encourage social and emotional learning help individuals prepare for their future, well beyond their school years.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL.org) states that "Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen and worker; and many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when multiyear, integrated efforts are used to develop students' social and emotional skills. This is best done through effective classroom instruction; student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom; and broad parent and community involvement in program planning, implementation and evaluation."
There are five core competencies of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
These core competencies incorporate:
Berkshire Outdoor Center will train school faculty to continue facilitating Social and Emotional Development through hands-on activities throughout the school year.
A well-balanced learning environment relies on a healthy mix of academic challenge, social and emotional skill development, healthy relationships, self confidence and self esteem. China Mobile Programs are an introduction to this holistic approach and will help strengthen the school community.