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One component of the Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls Mission is to ‘Focus on the development of social, behavioral, and organization skills necessary for future success’. Since the 2017-18 academic year we have been using RULER, an evidence-based approach to social emotional learning that helps school communities integrate the teaching of emotional intelligence into daily life.
RULER AT BRIGHTER CHOICE CHARTER SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
RULER teaches five key emotional intelligence skills:
- Recognizing emotions in one’s self and others.
- Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions.
- Labeling emotions accurately.
- Expressing emotions appropriately.
- Regulating emotions effectively.
At BCCS-G RULER integrates these skills into the academic curriculum through our morning meeting framework. It is imperative that all scholars are in class by at least 8:00 am to participate in morning meeting which runs until 8:20 am each morning.
We are proud to be a school community who understands that “emotions matter” and that how children feel has profound implications for learning, success, and well-being. Our goal is to equip Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls scholars for success today, and for life.
BCCS-G CHARACTER EDUCATION: SECOND STEP PROGRAM ©
Here at BCCS-G we want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not limited to academics, but includes the development of social and emotional skills; how to learn; and how to get along with others.
The Second Step Program is an evidence based curriculum that we are using to teach critical social and emotional skills. There are four main target areas that are taught through the Second Step Program; Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management and Problem Solving. In the Skills for Learning unit, scholars gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork. In the Empathy unit, scholars learn to identify and understand their own and others feelings. Scholars also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion. During our Emotion Management unit, scholars learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger. Lastly, in our Problem Solving unit scholars learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.
BCCS-G MORAL FOCUS OVERVIEW
In an effort to more effectively integrate the teaching of our scholar values and character education into school culture we have created monthly school wide assemblies for the school year. Assembly is a time to deliver positive messages about individuals in our school, our community, and in our world who exemplify highlighted scholar/moral values.
September Welcome Back/Scholarship
TODAY IS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY
I AM THANKFUL FOR WAKING UP TODAY
I HAVE COME TO SCHOOL SO I CAN LEARN,
GO TO COLLEGE
AND BE THE LEADER I WAS CREATED TO BE
TODAY, I WILL BE EDUCATED, EMPOWERED
BY MY TEACHERS WITH THE TOOLS TO BE SUCCESSFUL
WITHIN MY COMMUNITY
AND THROUGHOUT MY COUNTRY
I APPLY MYSELF DAILY.
AND I ASK QUESTIONS WHEN I DON’T UNDERSTAND.
WHEN I AM CONFRONTED WITH A PROBLEM
I THINK BEFORE I REACT.
I IGNORE ALL NEGATIVE INFLUENCES
IN THE CLASSROOM
AND THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY.
I AM EXTREMELY PROUD TO BE THE NEXT GENERATION
I ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY
AND I LOVE THE CHALLENGE!
LET’S GET OUR DAY STARTED…….