If it wasn’t clear before, then the era of COVID-19 has made it certain: Students who are overwhelmed by social or academic pressures — or feel like a nameless face in the crowd in the hallways of the school — are not likely to reach their fullest potential.
To the end of helping students navigate modern pressures and develop character traits that are crucial for success in life and school, Canyons District put into place the acclaimed “Second Steps” social-emotional learning curriculum in elementary and middle schools.
Now, the District is moving toward implementing an acclaimed SEL curriculum in its high schools.
Under consideration by the Canyons Board of Education is “School-Connect — Optimizing the High School Experience,” which would be part of CSD’s multi-pronged approach to wellness.
The curriculum, officials say, aims to improve teen social, emotional, and academic skills, and strengthen relationships among students and between students and teachers. Now more than ever it is vital that all students are taught skills that, according to research, are vital for success in the classroom and beyond. This includes self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.