A program for social-emotional learning is now understood to be of paramount importance within any learning environment. Sappo School has a well-designed program that keeps up with the latest research on learning, emotion, and socialization. Relationships between students, between teachers, and between student and teacher are seen as both a primary source of education and the focus of education itself. As a source, relationships are an excellent mirror in which to see ourselves, since we learn about self by seeing how others respond to us. As the focus of education, much has been studied on the subject of learning and acceptance within the learning community, providing educators with evidence of a strong correlation.
Areas of social-emotional learning addressed include:
An important part of our Social-Emotional Learning Program is the Peer Circle, which helps students to identify and develop healthy societal roles. Students strengthen interpersonal skills while exploring intrapersonal viewpoints and feelings. Although the training is done with a healthcare professional, Sappo Practitioners (teachers) use Peer Circle when problems or challenges arise in the classroom. These skills become so natural in time, that students apply these to life outside of school, leading to a smooth and more comfortable conversation style. Such skills can do much to prevent misunderstandings, alienation, and even bullying, adding peace to any environment.