Concord Hill prides itself on integrating social and character development throughout the curriculum and school day. The notion of respect for oneself and others is inherent in everything we do.
Our School Counselor, Lauren Huntley collaborates with teachers, administrators, and parents to support every student’s social and emotional growth. Through classroom lessons and small group discussions, she works with students on topics such as building healthy friendships, expressing emotions, communicating, problem-solving, resolving conflicts, building resiliency, diversity, and inclusion. Contact Lauren Huntley.
Our Social Emotional Curriculum: We endeavor to foster each student's emotional intelligence while providing them with the skills to build rewarding relationships. By modeling empathy, respect, and friendliness, faculty and staff create a school climate where children can feel safe and welcome.
The RULER Curriculum: Beginning in 2016, CHS has incorporated the RULER Curriculum into our daily life. This evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning, developed at Yale University, helps school communities integrate the practice of emotional intelligence. Decades of research show that emotional intelligence is essential to effective teaching and learning, sound decision making, physical and mental health, and success in school and beyond. Research also shows that when schools and families partner to better support children's emotional development, children not only feel better, they do better.
The RULER Curriculum teaches five key 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
We also integrate RULER skills into our academic curriculum and provide opportunities for students to learn, model, and practice these skills.
The Concord Hill Traditions practiced in our school community also serve as an integral part of our social curriculum. Every school day begins with greeting one another in a way that shows respect: with eye contact and a handshake. Throughout the school day, students are taught and guided to listen to one another, play cooperatively, and collaborate on projects. Daily leadership tasks for Third Graders, such as walking our youngest students to their classrooms and raising the flag, develop a sense of responsibility. Friday Morning Meetings, where the entire school community gathers, often reinforce concepts of respect and kindness. Monthly school-wide lunch-making for underserved communities is one of our beloved school traditions, reinforcing the importance of helping those beyond our school.
"A place where my child learned to be a good student and a good citizen.”