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China Mobile Programs

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.

Our Program

Students will work with experienced Berkshire Outdoor Center facilitators to:

  • develop relationships with one another - get to know and understand one another, as well as trust one another
  • develop a better understanding of themselves - get to know what fears they can overcome, develop some self-confidence and self-esteem and gain peer support
  • develop their communication skills - learn when to speak, when to listen, how to rephrase what you're trying to say, how to speak up our quieten down at the right moments
  • develop their skills as a leader and follower - when to step up, when to step back, how to collaborate and be all-inclusive, how to solicit ideas from the group, that being a leaders is not about being the loudest or the one with all the ideas, but how to use the combined power of all members of the team

Benefits of Social and Emotional Learning Strategies at School

According to New York State Department of Education (, "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 ( 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."

SEL Core Competencies

There are five core competencies of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making

These core competencies incorporate:

  • Emotional learning
    • emotional process
    • emotional knowledge
    • emotional skill development
    • emotional regulation
    • emotional expression
    • empathy
  • Social learning
    • social navigation
    • understanding social cues
    • positive interactions
    • pro-social behavior
  • Cognitive skill development
    • cognitive regulation
    • inhibition of inappropriate response
    • attention control
    • flexibility/adapting to new environment

Faculty Development

Berkshire Outdoor Center will train school faculty to continue facilitating Social and Emotional Development through hands-on activities throughout the school year.

End Result

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.

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